Jerry Harris stood before a federal court in Chicago on Thursday afternoon and formally pleaded guilty to child pornography charges he was hit with back in September 2020.
As we previously reported, Harris, a former star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer”, was indicted on seven charges for allegedly receiving child pornography and persuading minors to engage in sexual contact. According to NBC News, Harris pleaded guilty to two counts in the indictment–receiving child pornography and traveling for the purpose of engaging in a sexual act with a minor.
The victims involved in the case are twin brothers, and their mother spoke out about Harris’ disturbing crimes.
“In an effort to put a stop to a serial predator and avert harm to other children, my sons took the brave step of speaking publicly about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Jerry Harris,” she said in a statement. “I will continue my mission to hold Jerry Harris and his enablers fully accountable both in the courts of law and of the court of public opinion.”
She added that Jerry Harris’ guilty plea gives her “hope that the pain and grief that my sons have suffered as a result of speaking up has not been in vain.”
One of the twin boys reportedly told police that Harris asked him for oral sex in a bathroom during a cheerleading event they both attended. The complaint alleges that Harris contacted one of the boys on Instagram in 2018 when he was 19 and the twins were 13.
The complaint goes on to say that a 17-year-old boy alleged that Harris was “relentless” in asking him for photos on Snapchat. He reportedly turned him down multiple times until Harris reportedly offered to pay him for the photos.
Harris’ attorney Todd Push explained that he pleaded guilty “because he wishes to take responsibility for his actions and publicly convert his reverse for the harm he has caused the victims in this case.”
Jerry Harris faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.
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