CHICAGO — Jerry Harris, previous star of the Netflix documentary sequence “Cheer,” pleaded responsible Thursday to federal prices of acquiring baby pornography and soliciting sexual intercourse from minors that could maintain him in jail for many years.
Throughout a modify of plea listening to in federal court docket in Chicago, Harris pleaded responsible to a single rely of touring with the intent to interact in illicit sexual carry out and a single rely of acquiring baby pornography, a U.S. attorney’s workplace spokesman stated.
Harris, 22, pleaded responsible to two of 7 felony counts from him, a single for persuading a seventeen-calendar year-outdated to send out him sexually specific photos for dollars and the other stemming from a excursion he took to Florida for the goal of “engaging in illicit sexual conduct” with a fifteen-calendar year-outdated. Prosecutors agreed to fall the remaining 5 counts beneath a plea arrangement.
The baby pornography demand carries a sentence ranging from 5 to twenty a long time and the next demand carries a greatest sentence of thirty a long time. Harris is scheduled to be sentenced June 28. He continues to be in custody at a federal detention facility.
Harris, who is from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, was arrested in September 2020 on a demand of creation of baby pornography. Prosecutors alleged at the time that he solicited movies and photos from two fourteen-calendar year-outdated brothers.
In accordance to a grievance, federal prosecutors stated that Harris admitted to regularly inquiring a minimal teenager for pornographic movies and photos amongst December 2018 and March 2020.
Then in December of that calendar year, he was indicted on much more prices alleging misconduct in Illinois, Florida and Texas. In accordance to the indictment, Harris allegedly solicited sexual intercourse from minors at cheerleading competitions and persuaded teenage boys to send out him obscene photos and movies of on their own.
Harris admitted to FBI brokers to inquiring a teenage boy to send out him lewd photos of himself, and to requesting baby pornography on Snapchat from at minimum ten to fifteen some others he realized to be minors, in accordance to the indictment.
“Cheer” was a massive good results when it was produced in January 2020 and Harris turned wildly common for his upbeat frame of mind and his encouraging “mat converse.” Harris even interviewed famous people on the crimson carpet at the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Exhibit.”
The docuseries follows the aggressive cheerleading squad from Navarro School in Corsicana, Texas.