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Former "Cheer" star Jerry Harris celebrates 12 years with sexual crimes involving minors

Harris apologized to the victim and said, "I deeply apologize for all the trauma that my abuse has caused you."

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Jerry Harris talks to an actress on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles on Feb. 9, 2020.
Jerry Harris talks to the actress on the Oscar red carpet at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles on February 9, 2020. Photo: John Locher/Associated Press

Chicago — A federal judge forced a teenage boy to send obscene money to former star of Netflix's documentary series "Cheer" on Wednesday. He was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Inviting sex from minors at their photos, videos and cheerleader competitions.

Judge Manish Shah of the US District Court also ordered release under court supervision for eight years after this ruling.

Shah tells Harris this sentence, "With the hope that everything will not be lost for you or your victims and that some healing may occur in the future. An expression of the seriousness of the crime. "

Harris, 22, on the outskirts of Naperville, said earlier this year that she received child pornography and traveled with the intention of engaging in illegal sexual activity, each with one case. I pleaded guilty.

Prosecutors sought release under 10 years of supervision after sentenced to 15 years in prison, while Harris lawyers sought release under 6 and 8 years of supervision. rice field.

Harris apologized to the victim before he knew his decision. "I deeply apologize for all the trauma that my abuse has caused to you. I sincerely hope that your suffering will end."

"I am an evil human being. No, "Harris said. "I'm still learning who I am and what my purpose is."

Harris is being detained in a federal detention facility.

The lawyer for the two victims, Sarah Klein, said Harris's crime was "firmly established."

"The ruling he received reflects the seriousness of his crimes and the pain of his life that his victims suffer," Klein said.

Harris was arrested in September 2020 on suspicion of producing child pornography. Prosecutors alleged that he asked for videos and images from two 14-year-old brothers.

According to the complaint, federal prosecutors admitted that Harris had repeatedly requested underage teens for porn videos and images between December 2018 and March 2020.

Then in December that year, he was charged with more charges alleging illegal activity in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. According to the indictment, Harris asked minors for sex at a cheerleader tournament and persuaded a teenage boy to send obscene photos and videos.

According to the complaint, Harris asked FBI agents to send teenage boys their lewd pictures and demand at least 10 to 15 minor child pornography on Snapchat. I admitted that I did.

"Cheerleader" was a huge success when it was released in January 2020, and Harris became popular with his cheerful attitude and encouragement "Matt Talk". Harris interviewed a celebrity on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

This documentary follows Navarro College's competitive cheerleader team in Corsicana, Texas.

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