‘Cheer’s Jerry Harris sentenced to 12 years in prison for sex crimes

Netflix reality series star Jerry Harris Cheer, was sentenced to 12 years in prison. Harris was sentenced on Wednesday (July 6) after being charged with sex crimes including exchanging lewd images with underage children and soliciting sex from minors, the BBC reports.

Harris’ sentencing comes after he reached a plea deal with prosecutors in February and pleaded guilty to two of the seven federal crimes he was charged with: persuading a teenager to send him nude pictures in exchange for money and traveling across the state borders with the intent to engage in sexual activity with a minor, for The New York Times.

The reality TV star was also ordered to serve eight years of probation after the end of his prison sentence. While he risked up to 50 years in prison for his crimes, the prosecutors demanded 15 years in prison; Harris’ attorneys asked for six years. His team asked for a lighter sentence because of Harris’ own experience as a victim of sexual abuse, which they say gave him a “biased version of what he considered appropriate relationships,” per The temperature.

When Cheer First premiered in 2020, Harris was a standout on the show, loved for his “carpet talk” or energetic cheers to teammates delivered from the sidelines. Less than a year later Cheer dropped on Netflix, Harris was arrested for producing child pornography in September 2020 and hit with additional charges in December of that year.

Cheer addressed Harris’ arrest and charges in its second season, which premiered on Netflix in January. While the cheerleader didn’t appear in any confessionals like her castmates, the show devoted its entire fifth episode to her controversies, titled “Jerry.” Harris’ victims, along with coach Monica Aldama and some of her teammates, are interviewed in the episode.

Harris has not commented on the episode and has been incarcerated since September 2020, when he was first arrested for his crimes.

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