Cheer star Jerry Harris arrested for child pornography

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  • Jerry Harris has been arrested for child pornography.
  • The Cheer star has been accused of soliciting explicit photos and videos from a 13-year-old boy.
  • The boy alleges Jerry also asked him to perform oral sex on him in a bathroom at a cheerleading event.

Jerry Harris has been arrested on child pornography charges.

According to Variety, the star best known for appearing in Netflix’s Cheer, is facing one count of producing child pornography after soliciting explicit photos and videos, as well as cheerleading poses, from a 13-year-old boy whom he connected with on Snapchat in 2018.

The 21-year-old was arrested after the boy’s mother came forward. She discovered the content on her son’s phone, who later revealed he also met with Jerry at a cheerleading event, where he solicited oral sex from him in the bathroom. The boy refused and left. Jerry has admitted to the incident.

The complainant alleges Jerry also requested a second encounter with the minor, asked for photos from his twin brother as well, who refused, and admitted to having sex with a 15-year-old in 2019 at a cheerleading event.

In February 2020 the complainant says the 21-year-old blocked the boy on Snapchat. When he asked why, he replied: "I’m sorry for what I’ve done in the past. I don’t think it’s a good idea we be friends on Snap."

Attorneys filed a sexual abuse lawsuit against Harris on Monday in Texas – he appeared in court in Chicago on Thursday, reports CNN, where prosecutors argued he should be denied bond, as he poses a danger to the community.

On Monday, Jerry denied the allegations against him. "We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager," the spokesperson said on behalf of the Netflix star. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

Netflix has since also released a statement, saying: "Like everyone we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process."

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