Jerry Harris, who previously starred in the Netflix docuseries 환호, was sentenced to 12 years in prison for child pornography charges.
해리스, 22, was handed the sentence on Wednesday, USA 투데이 보고서.
Harris appeared in court for the sentencing where his close friends and family spoke about his integrity and character, 당 TMZ.
After serving 12 연령, Harris will complete eight years of a court-supervised release, Joseph D. 피츠패트릭, assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, 말했다 NBC 뉴스.
콘센트에 따르면, prosecutors said Harris should get 15 연령, alleging that he used “his status as a competitive cheerleader, his social media persona, and eventually his celebrity and money” to convince minor boys to send him sexually inappropriate photos and messages.
Prosecutors claimed Harris was a self-proclaimed “mentor who could be trusted,” and would pay his victims for sexual conduct. If they declined, 그 “threatened to disseminate the videos they had sent if they refused to continue,” prosecutors alleged according to NBC News.
In their request for Harris to receive a six-year sentence, the reality star’s legal team said he suffered sexual abuse himself when he was underage, which caused him to have a “skewed version of what he understood to be appropriate relationships,” 콘센트 당.
A lawyer for Harris did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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9월 2020, the prominent cheerleader and television personality was sued by teenage brothers, 누구였더라 13 그리고 “star-struck” when they met him, for allegedly soliciting sex and nude photos from them. The same week, Harris was arrested on suspicion of producing child pornography.
그것은 당신이 이제까지 알게 될 것보다 더 많은 것을 의미합니다, 십이월에 2020, a seven-count indictment was unsealed accusing Harris of additional criminal acts that took place in Florida, Illinois and Texas — all involving minors and sexual in nature. 그 무죄를 주장했다 to each of the seven charges a week later.
2월, Harris departed from his original plea and 유죄를 인정 to two out of seven sexual abuse and child pornography charges — receiving child pornography and crossing state lines for the purpose of engaging in an illicit sexual act with a minor under the age of 15.
As part of his plea agreement with prosecutors, the other charges were dropped, 뉴욕 타임즈 보고.
해리스’ defense team shared a statement with PEOPLE following his change of plea, claiming that he made the decision to plead guilty “because he wishes to take responsibility for his actions and publicly convey his remorse for the harm he has caused the victims in this case.”
“Jerry is a 22-year-old young man whose story can only be understood through the lens of the extreme poverty, sexual abuse, and neglect of his childhood,” 성명서는 계속되었다. “Jerry was himself exploited, manipulated, and sexually abused as a child within the cheer community in a way that perversely made him believe that this sexual conduct was somehow normal when it was not.”
Harris rose to prominence when 환호 premiered on 넷플릭스 at the start of 2020, and his fan base continued to grow when he made headlines for serving as 엘렌 드제너러스‘ correspondent at the Oscars 그리고 providing encouragement during the COVID-19 lockdowns that followed shortly after.
Only a few months into his newfound stardom, the sex crime allegations halted his career.
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