“Cheer” star Jerry Harris has been arrested on child pornography charges and faces up to 30 years in jail if found guilty.
The reality TV star was under investigation by the FBI earlier this week for allegedly soliciting sex from minors, and on Thursday, he was apprehended on a federal charge for allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.
He appeared in court on Thursday afternoon but did not enter a plea, and another hearing will be held on Monday to determine whether Jerry should stay in custody or be released on bail.
According to authorities in Illinois, the 21-year-old cheerleader is accused of having contacted the alleged victim via a social media app and “repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself.”
The underage youth is said to have told Jerry during their first exchange online that he was just 13 years old, and the alleged victim’s attorneys have praised investigators for taking action so quickly.