Million across the world were captivated by the Netflix documentary 'Cheer'. The series followed the Navarro College Cheer Team in the small town of Corsicana, Texas. The team has won fourteen NCA National Championships in the junior college division, along with five "Grand Nationals" for the highest score of all teams in the competition.
The show was a runaway hit and the cast has gone on to be featured on the Ellen Show, Oprah's 2020 Vision tour, and head coach Monica Aldama is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars.
Jerry Harris was one of the central characters on Cheer, singled out for his positive attitude and eccentric personality. During the finale of Cheer, he received a Regional Scholars Award from the University of Louisville. He attended the school for the fall semester but ultimately returned to Navarro College.
On September 14, 2020, FBI Agents executed a warrant to search a home in Naperville, Illinois, as part of an investigation into allegations that Jerry Harris had solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors. “The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area,” Siobhan Johnson, FBI special agent, and public affairs officer said.
According to court documents , the plaintiffs are twins from Fort Worth, Texas who are part of the cheerleading community. The boys describe a pattern of abuse that began when they were 13 and Harris was 19. In one alleged instance in 2019, one of the brothers claims Harris led him to a bathroom during a cheer competition and cornered him in a stall, where he allegedly begged the kid for oral sex. The boy says he managed to take off when his brother and teammates blew up his phone.
A criminal complaint filed on Thursday alleges that Harris had asked for pornographic images and videos from two 14-year-old boys, adding that the boys’ parents found the photos and videos on one of the child’s phones.
Jerry Harris, who is 21, 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, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The minor victim informed Harris during their initial online encounter that he was 13 years old, the complaint states.
Harris has been charged with one count of producing child pornography. He was arrested on the morning of September 14, 2020, and was scheduled to make an initial court appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge M. David Weisman in Chicago.
Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. If convicted, the Court must impose a reasonable sentence under federal statutes and the advisory U.S. Sentencing Guidelines.
The federal investigation remains ongoing.