Jerry Harris, 21, a star on Netflix’s docuseries “Cheer,” has been arrested on a charge of production of child pornography.
According to the complaint filed against Harris, he allegedly solicited pornographic images and videos from two 14-year-old twin boys more than once. One of the twins also accused Harris of soliciting oral sex from him in a bathroom at a cheerleading event.
In 2018, Harris contacted one of the twins on Instagram. At that time Harris was 19 and the twins were 13. While one twin says that he never gave in to Harris’s request for nude photographs — even though Harris was emotionally manipulative — the other did send nude photos to Harris through Snapchat. He also FacedTimed with Harris, where he complied with Harris’s request to further expose himself.
Forensic investigations of the twins’ phones confirm communication between Harris and the twins. Additionally, Harris voluntarily confirmed to investigators that he had the twins’ phone numbers in his phone.
On February 7, Harris blocked one twin on Snapchat and told him, “I’m sorry for what I’ve done in the past. I don’t think it’s a good idea we be friends on Snap."
The production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years under federal law.
The twins are considered victims of sexual assault and their identities have not been revealed. Their lawyers, who are also accusing Harris of child sexual exploitation and abuse, released a statement after Harris’s arrest:
"This was made possible because our clients’ mother had the courage to report Harris to the FBI as well as the Fort Worth Police Department and provided evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation that her sons had suffered."
After his arrest, Harris told investigators that he solicited and received similar nude photos from 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors, as well as admitting to another case of soliciting sex from a minor.