Jerry Harris, the previous star of hit docu-series ‘Cheer’, has been sentenced to 12 years in federal jail for soliciting intercourse from minors.
According to USA Today, Harris’ sentencing comes 5 months after the previous actuality star plead responsible to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in a rest room throughout a cheer competitors and paying a 17-year-old to ship him sexually specific movies and images, studies ‘Variety’.
Harris additionally admitted to comparable conduct with different minors, however these costs had been dropped in a plea settlement.
According to ‘Variety’, Harris was first arrested for costs of kid pornography in September 2020, months after the primary season of ‘Cheer’ debuted in January of that yr.
The series, which follows the cheer squad of Navarro College competing within the Daytona nationwide championship, was a vital success, with crew member Harris changing into a fan favorite and minor superstar.
Harris’ costs would later be addressed within the present’s second season earlier this yr, which featured an episode devoted to his case, together with interviews along with his victims.
According to court docket paperwork obtained by USA Today previous to the sentencing, Harris’ legal professionals argued for a six-year sentence, saying that the 22-year-old had a “warped” view of relationships as a consequence of being assaulted at 13 by a 19-year-old.
Prosecutors argued for a 15-year sentence, saying that Harris‘ childhood was not an excuse for his actions.
“Harris used his superstar and wealth to proceed his exploitation of kids, increasing the instruments accessible to him to control them into gratifying his seemingly insatiable sexual needs,” assistant US lawyer Kelly Guzman mentioned in her sentencing memorandum.
According to USA Today’s reporting, the mom of two of the victims intends to file a civil swimsuit towards Harris and the US All Star Federation, the governing physique for all star cheerleading and dance within the United States.
According to USA Today, USASF was notified of the allegations towards Harris in May 2020, however didn’t take motion till the allegations went public in September.
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