UPDATE: According to a U.S. Department of Justice spokesperson, Jerry Harris pleaded not guilty to seven sex crimes during a virtual court appearance on Thursday, Dec. 17.
To learn more about the seven charges, continue reading below.
Federal prosecutors have filed additional charges against Cheer star Jerry Harris, adding to a previous felony charge of production of child pornography.
In a new seven-count indictment filed on Thursday, Dec. 10, the Netflix docu-series cast member, full name Jeremiah Harris, was charged with sex crimes allegedly involving five minors. He faces 15 to 30 years in federal prison if convicted. Harris, 21, has remained behind bars in Chicago since his arrest in September.
Harris was charged with receiving and attempting to receive child pornography and four counts of using, persuading, inducing, and enticing a minor “to engage in sexually explicit conduct” for the purpose of producing child pornography. The criminal acts allegedly took place between December 2018 and this past August in Harris’ hometown of Naperville, Ill.—a suburb of Chicago, and Corsicana, Texas—home of Navarro College, where Harris was a student and member of the school’s cheerleading team, which was featured in Netflix’s Cheer.