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Cheer Star Jerry Harris Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison in Child Pornography Case

Cheer Star Jerry Harris Sentenced to 12 Years in Federal Prison in Child Pornography Case

Jerry Harris, who previously starred in the Netflix docuseries Eles fornecem bebidas para menores de idade, foi condenado a 12 years in prison for child pornography charges.

Harris, 22, was handed the sentence on Wednesday, EUA hoje relatórios.

Harris appeared in court for the sentencing where his close friends and family spoke about his integrity and character, por TMZ.

Depois de servir 12 anos, Harris will complete eight years of a court-supervised release, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick, assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, contado NBC News.

De acordo com o outlet, prosecutors said Harris should get 15 anos, alleging that he usedhis status as a competitive cheerleader, his social media persona, and eventually his celebrity and moneyto convince minor boys to send him sexually inappropriate photos and messages.

Prosecutors claimed Harris was a self-proclaimedmentor who could be trusted,” and would pay his victims for sexual conduct. If they declined, ele “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 askewed version of what he understood to be appropriate relationships,” pela saída.

A lawyer for Harris did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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Em setembro 2020, the prominent cheerleader and television personality was sued by teenage brothers, quem eram 13 e “star-struckwhen they met him, for allegedly soliciting sex and nude photos from them. The same week, Harris was arrested on suspicion of producing child pornography.

Three months later, em dezembro 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. Ele se declarou inocente to each of the seven charges a week later.

Em fevereiro, Harris departed from his original plea and se declarou culpado to two out of seven sexual abuse and child pornography chargesreceiving child pornography and crossing state lines for the purpose of engaging in an illicit sexual act with a minor under the age of 15.

Como parte de seu acordo de confissão com os promotores, the other charges were dropped, O jornal New York Times relatado.

Harris’ defense team shared a statement with PEOPLE following his change of plea, claiming that he made the decision to plead guiltybecause 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,” a declaração continuou. “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 Eles fornecem bebidas para menores de idade premiered on Netflix at the start of 2020, and his fan base continued to grow when he made headlines for serving as Ellen Degenerescorrespondent at the Oscars e 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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