Jerry Harris, a former ” Cheer” star, should spend 15 years in prison after admitting to asking teenage boys for sex at cheering competitions, the prosecutors claims



According to federal prosecutors, Jerry Harris, a former star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer”, should serve 15 years in prison after being found guilty of child pornography.

After entering a guilty plea in February to receiving child pornography and travelling with intent to engage in criminal sexual activity, Harris, 22, may spend up to fifty years in prison.

Prosecutors called Harris’ act “horrific”, however, in court documents that TMZ was able to access, they claimed that in coming up with their suggested sentence, they took into consideration his troubled childhood.

Prosecutors also requested ten years of post-incarceration monitoring in addition to the prison sentence.

The legal team defending Harris asked for a sentence of six years in prison and eight years of post-release monitoring. On June 28, Harris will be sentenced.

Harris became the star of the first season of the documentary series “Cheer” from 2020, which followed the Corsicana, Texas-based Navaino College cheerleaders as they trained for the National Cheerleading Championship.

‘Like many child predators, Harris took advantage of a power imbalance to sexually exploit his young victims,’ wrote Assistant US Attorney Kelly Guzman in the court filing, ‘He preyed on the insecurity and youth of boys in the cheerleading community to abuse them.’

Both the defense and the prosecution focused on Harris’ terrible upbringing, which includes homelessness and at least two incidents of child sexual assualt.

In their recommended sentence, the prosecution described Harris’ early life as ” filled of setbacks and developmental disabilities”.

Defense attorney Joshua Herman wrote of Harris’ past: ‘These experiences warped Jeremiah’s view of ‘normal’ relationships, especially given how they occurred alongside social media and within the ecosystem of the Cheer community”.

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