A so called star of the Netflix series “Cheer,” named “Jerry Harris” was charged in federal court here with producing child pornography, CBS 2 has confirmed. I don’t got NetFlix, and don’t know this show. But this Harris guy who’s 21, was arrested on Thursday and made an initial court appearance this afternoon before a federal magistrate.
The show “Cheer” is a docuseries that details competitive cheerleading, and it is in that atmosphere that Harris is accused of forming these relationships with younger male cheerleaders and then exploiting them for child porn pictures and videos and in some cases, sex.
“The Naperville” resident Jeremiah Harris is accused specifically of luring two boys to send him sexual pictures. But late Thursday afternoon, it was learned he admitted to doing the same thing to as many as 15 other children and the allegations don’t end there.
Prosecutors in U.S. District Court unraveled a disturbing pattern that went on for over a year according to federal prosecutors, Harris contacted twin underage boys on social media apps, and repeatedly enticed them to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of themselves and send them to Harris. One of the boys agreed to send Harris naked pictures and videos of himself, but the other declined.
The boy who did send the images informed Harris during their initial online encounter that he was 13 years old, the federal complaint states. The complaint charges Harris with one count of producing child pornography. Federal agents were tipped off by the mother of the victims, who found pornographic images and text messages with Harris on one of their phones. The boy told the mom, identified in the complaint as Individual A, that Harris had asked for the photos. The boy said he had sent more than a dozen photos of his genitals to Harris, and Harris had sent similar images of himself to the boy, the complaint alleges.
Court documents showed a text exchange where prosecutors said Harris messaged the boy and asked for photos, including “booty” pics. Prosecutors also showed a young boy doing a cheerleading position know as “the needle.” They said a Snapchat account using Harris’ name asked the child to do it naked and take a video to show him.
Harris admitted to investigators that he was asking for the photos via Snapchat between December 2018 and March 2020, the complaint states. The minor is a competitive cheerleader who also met Harris at a cheer event, where Harris asked for oral sex, according the the complaint. The boy refused.
The charges also accuse Harris of sending text messages to both boys, soliciting them for sex, but the boys declined. Harris also admitted to soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors. Investigators said in some cases, Harris paid his victims – up to $3,000 in one case. The complaint cites other incidents earlier this year in which Harris repeatedly asked for, and obtained, videos and images from a 17-year-old boy in exchange for money.
Harris is considered a breakout star a fan favorite on the Netflix show “Cheer.” He has more than 1 million Instagram followers. But the FBI confirmed to CBS 2 it conducted a court-authorized law enforcement action at the house in Naperville where neighbors said Harris now lives. No one answered the door at the house, but neighbors said they noticed more than six vehicles where Harris’ red Jeep sat parked. USAToday reported earlier this week that the 21-year-old was being investigated for allegedly soliciting sex and explicit videos from minors.
Harris’ attorney did not stop to talk to the news media in court Thursday. Attorneys representing the twin boys said a parent had the courage to report Harris’ alleged conduct, and urged investigators to look into whether people overseeing cheer camps or other events could have stopped this and perhaps failed to do so. When asked about Harris, a representative of Varsity Sports, one of Harris’ former employers, said they “continue to cooperate with authorities in their inquiries on this matter,” but could not comment further.
Netflix released a statement reading: “Like everyone we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.” Harris is a Bolingbrook native who attended Waubonsie Valley High School. Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. This isn’t the first time Netflix has had issues with them having something to do with Child Porn. Cuties is still a hot topic people are mad over, and Netflix also paid Millions to the Obamas for nothing but to endorse them and make them richer but Obama has been now also tied to Jefferey Epstein’s Island, and Plane… Also all his other crooked activity. Netflix really needs to screen their hiring process better.