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Prosecutor asks former "cheerleader" star Harris for 15 years

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FILE - Greta Gerwig, right, talks to Jerry Harris on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, Feb. 9, 2020. Former "Cheer" star Jerry Harris has pleaded guilty to felony child pornography and child sex charges in federal court. The 22-year-old Harris entered his plea on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022 to receiving child pornography and traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
File-Greta Gerwig, right, talk to Jerry Harris on the Oscar red carpet Dolby in Los Angeles Theater, February 9, 2020. Former "Cheer" star Jerry Harris has pleaded guilty to Ferrony's child pornography and child sex in federal court. On Thursday, February 10, 2022, 22-year-old Harris received child pornography and accused him of traveling with the intention of engaging in illegal sexual activity. Photo: John Locher/Associated Press

Chicago (AP) —Prosecutor asked a federal judge Jerry Harris, a former star of the Netflix documentary series Cheerleader, said he asked teenage boys to send their obscene photos and videos and asked minors for sex at a cheerleader tournament. I was put in prison for 15 years.

Harris' lawyer is seeking a six-year sentence.

Assistant US Prosecutor Kelly Guzman wrote in a statement late Wednesday that Harris said, "Competitive cheerleader status, social media personas, and ultimately celebrities and money. I used to convince young victims to engage them. " He is doing sexually explicit acts for him or with him.

Guzman also demanded a sentence that included release from prison for 10 years after his sentence.

Harris, 22, on the outskirts of Naperville, pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography and traveling with the intention of engaging in illegal sexual activity earlier this year. .. He will be sentenced by Judge Manishshire of the US District Court on July 6.

Attorneys called for release under eight years of surveillance following six years in prison, describing Harris as "both victim and victim" and he. Said he had been sexually assaulted. He was a child.

"The trauma he experienced as a child normalized a distorted version of what he understood to be a proper relationship. He was sexually assaulted as a minor. At that time, no one supported him. He is grateful that this is not the case for the victim. He deeply repents of him, "the lawyer wrote.

A federal prosecutor admitted that the actor's traumatic childhood was a mitigation factor for his crimes, but "Harris's childhood was very difficult, but a minor. It wasn't a blank check to commit a sexual crime against him. "

Harris remains detained in a federal detention facility.

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 of that year, he was charged with alleging illegal activity in Illinois, Florida, and Texas. According to the indictment, Harris asked minors for sex at a cheerleader tournament and persuaded teenage boys to send their obscene pictures and videos.

According to the indictment, 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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