JERRY Harris from Netflix’s Cheer was arrested and charged with “production of child pornography” in September 2020.

The star was "allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself."

Who is Jerry Harris? 

Jerry Harris, 21, is an American TV personality and athlete.

After appearing on Emmy-Award winning show Cheer, he shot to fame for his encouraging speeches to his teammates.

Harris interviewed celebrities on the 2020 Oscars red carpet as Ellen DeGeneres's corespondent.

Earlier this year, Harris spoke to Vanity Fair about his sudden fame. He said: “The newfound fame won’t change who I am because just as quick as it came, it can get taken away."

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He added: “We never had the most money and I lost my mom at 16, but cheer has become my family,”

"It has made me the person I am today.”

What shows has he been on?

Harris was most famous for appearing on Netflix's Cheer show.

The show followed Texas’ Navarro College cheerleaders compete for first place. 

Fans of the show made a video of Harris go viral on Twitter as it showed his positive attitude and kind messages to his teammates.

On December 28, 2021, it was announced that Cheer would return to Netflix for season two of the show.

Greg Whiteley, director and executive producer, says of the new season, "I am a huge believer in the power of stories and telling them honestly. I believe the story is going to ultimately be the best version of itself when you are honoring what is true, and you're not running from it."

"The new episodes also tackle extremely difficult moments," Whiteley added.

"It was inspiring, heartbreaking, sometimes frustrating, and ultimately moving to be a part of their lives," Whitely said. "Flying home from our last day of shooting in Daytona, I thought, 'I cannot believe we saw what we just saw, we experienced what we just experienced.' If we do our job right, we're able to take the audience on that same ride."

Why was he arrested? 

Harris was arrested in Chicago and charged with “production of child pornography.” 

He was also “allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself."

A rep for Jerry shared a statement which said: "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."

A criminal complaint filed in US District Court in Chicago alleges that the 21-year-old "contacted the underage boy on a social media application and repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris."

Harris faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted. 

What else is Jerry accused of?

In court documents released, Jerry is also accused of soliciting a minor for oral sex.

Teenage twin brothers have accused Jerry of begging them for sex and inappropriate touching.

Sam and Charlie, two 14-year-old boys from Texas, alleged that the abuse began when they were 13 and Jerry was 19.

They also claimed that the abuse happened online and in person, with Charlie alleging Jerry asked him to have sex at two different Varsity cheer competitions.

In that first conversation, Jerry reportedly asked Charlie how old he was and then asked the teen to send photos of his face and butt.

Court documents reveal communication including a Snapchat message showing what appears to be Jerry's face and the message: "Would you ever want to ****."

In another, Jerry has replied to a video of Charlie stretching his leg, writing: "Do it naked and take a video and show me."

Law enforcement agents spent time in Jerry's home in Naperville, Illinois attempting to interview him and gather information.

During the interview law enforcement say that Harris admitted to soliciting oral sex from a minor, soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were also minors, and for using the four **** symbols to mean the word “f***.”

If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues raised in this story, call RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) at 800-656-HOPE (4673)

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