'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charge
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Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris, who was featured in Netflix’s docuseries “Cheer,” was arrested on Thursday morning on a federal child pornography charge.

Authorities charged Harris, 21, with one count of producing child pornography after allegedly repeatedly “enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit photos and video of himself,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.  

Harris, who is from Naperville, Ill., is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon.

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The criminal complaint alleges that Harris contacted the 13-year-old minor on social media before repeatedly requesting sexually explicit content. During their first virtual encounter in December 2018, the minor informed Harris of his age. They stopped communicating in March of this year.

Officials said the minor also described one in-person encounter and another attempted meet-up at cheerleading events in which Harris tried to receive oral sex in the bathroom.

Harris admitted to law enforcement earlier this week that he asked for sexually explicit photos of the minor, according to the complaint.

If convicted, Harris could face a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison.

A lawsuit filed earlier this week accused Harris of child sexual exploitation and abuse toward two alleged male victims, now 14, CNN reported.  

A spokesperson for Harris told CNN in response to the lawsuit, “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

The Netflix docuseries “Cheer” launched in January 2020 and followed the cheer team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, including Harris. The series has won two Emmy Awards and is also nominated for outstanding unstructured reality program, a category set to be announced Saturday.