Cheer Star Jerry Harris Pleads Guilty In Child Sexual Abuse Imagery Case

The Netflix reality star could face up to 50 years in prison.

Cheer star Jerry Harris pleaded guilty on Thursday in a federal child sexual abuse imagery case that also charged him with soliciting sex from minors.

Harris entered the plea in Chicago federal court. TMZ reported that the reality show star could face up to 50 years in prison when he is sentenced on June 28.

He was indicted in December 2020 on charges related to misconduct in Illinois, Florida and Texas.

Federal prosecutors alleged that Harris, who is now 22, tried to persuade a minor to engage in oral sex at cheerleading events; solicited another for sex; and admitted to requesting inappropriate material from 10 to 15 people he knew to be underage.

Jerry Harris
Jerry Harris
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One boy told police that Harris had solicited oral sex from him in a bathroom during a cheerleading event they both attended, while another boy said Harris asked him to send nude photos on Snapchat and sent him nude photos and videos in return, according to NBC News.

According to a complaint, the boy said that if he refused Harris, Harris would become “pushy” and make him feel guilty.

Harris’ attorneys issued a statement after the plea saying he entered it “because he wishes to take responsibility for his actions and publicly convey his remorse for the harm he has caused his victims in this case,” while claiming his story “can only be understood through the lens of the extreme poverty, sexual abuse and neglect of his childhood.”

Harris was a breakout star of the first season of Cheer, and his indictment forced producers to address the allegations during the show’s second season, which premiered on Netflix in January.

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