A break-out star of the documentary sequence Cheer, Jerry Harris, already dealing with federal prices associated to little one sexual exploitation materials, has been indicted on new prices that allege he solicited intercourse from minors at cheerleading competitions and satisfied teenage boys to ship him obscene images and movies of themselves.
The brand new seven-count indictment that was made public on Friday was not sudden.
Within the authentic grievance filed in September, not solely did prosecutors allege that Harris admitted to FBI brokers to asking a teenage boy to ship him lewd images of himself, however that he requested on Snapchat underage photos from a minimum of 10 to fifteen others he knew to be minors.
Harris, 21, of Naperville, Illinois, has been held in a federal detention facility with out bond since he was arrested on little one abuse photos prices in September, and a decide has subsequently advised that Harris would pose a public hazard if launched from custody.
Harris’s attorneys haven’t but spoken in regards to the new prices however an arraignment was scheduled for Friday afternoon.
Attorneys for 2 of Harris’s alleged victims, teenage brothers who’ve sued Harris in Texas, praised authorities on Friday to proceed to “find victims and take motion”.
“This was made potential as a result of our purchasers’ mom initially had the braveness to report Harris to the FBI and offered evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation that her sons had suffered,” the assertion from attorneys Morgan Stewart and Sarah Klein learn.
Harris, who was born within the Chicago suburb of Hinsdale and raised in close by Bolingbrook, was the breakout star of Netflix’s Emmy-winning docuseries that follows the cheerleading workforce from Navarro Faculty in Corsicana, Texas.
Cheer was an prompt success when it was launched in January, and Harris drew followers for his upbeat perspective and his encouraging “mat discuss”.
Earlier this yr, he interviewed celebrities on the crimson carpet on the Academy Awards for the Ellen DeGeneres Present.