Former ‘Cheer’ Star Jerry Harris Sentenced to 12 Years in Prison in Child Pornography Case

A court sentenced Jerry Harris, a former star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer,” to 12 years in prison on federal charges of child pornography and traveling for illicit sex with minors.

Harris’ prison sentence will be followed by eight years of court-supervised release.

Harris, 22, pleaded guilty in February to two charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in the bathroom during a cheer competition and paying a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit footage via Snapchat, according to court documents.

Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence while Harris’ defense team had argued for a six-year sentence, citing Harris’ own experience of sexual assault as a child which gave him a “skewed version of what he understood to be appropriate relationships.”

Prosecutors argued that Harris’ difficult childhood was “not a blank check to commit sex offenses against minors.”

Harris appeared on the Netflix show “Cheer,” which follows a Texas cheerleading team at Navarro College. The second season of the show addressed the allegations against Harris.

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