Jerry Harris, star of the Netflix TV series Cheer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison in the United States for crimes related to indecent images of children and solicitation of sex from minors.

The 22 year old previously found guilty a count of traveling with intent to commit unlawful sexual conduct and a count of having received indecent images.

Prosecutors at the Chicago hearing had called for a long prison sentence, arguing that Harris’ status as a popular celebrity allowed him to “persuade and entice” his young victims to engage in sexual conduct.

Harris, has been held in a federal detention facility since his arrest in September 2020.

In February of this year, he pleaded guilty to two of seven counts against him, including persuading a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photographs for money and travel to Florida for the purpose of “engaging in sexual misconduct. “with a 15-year old.

According to the indictment, Harris allegedly solicited sex from minors during cheerleading competitions and persuaded teenage boys to send him obscene photographs and videos of themselves.

Harris later admitted to FBI agents that he asked a teenager to send him photos of himself and that he requested indecent Snapchat images from at least 10 to 15 others he knew were minors.

Harris, from the Chicago suburb of Naperville, was an up-and-coming star on Cheer, a reality TV series that followed a competitive team of Navarro College Texas cheerleaders as they aimed to win a national title.

Other members of the show had acted as witnesses to Harris’s character, including college head coach Navarro Monica Aldama, teammate Morgan Simianer, and the parents of Harris’ fellow cheerleader Gabi Butler.

The second series of Cheer deals with the investigation of Harris, and devotes an entire episode to the incidents, entitled “Jerry”.

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