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Former Netflix star sentenced to 12 years in prison on charges of child pornography and sexual abuse against minors

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Jerry Harris was accused of receiving sexually explicit images and enticing children to have sexual contact with him between 2017 and 2020.

Jerry Harris, former star of the documentary series ‘Cheer’ from Netflix, was sentenced this Wednesday to 12 years in prison for crimes related to sexual harassment against minors, which will be followed by 8 years of supervised release by the court.

The 22-year-old cheerleader was charged with seven counts including receiving and attempting to receive child pornography, and enticing children to the states of Texas, Florida and Illinois to have sexual contact with him between August 2017 and August 2020, detailed federal prosecutors cited by US media. In February of this year, the assailant also pleaded guilty to committing a sexual act and seduction of a minor .

Initially, it had been requested A 15-year sentence for Harris for using “her status as a competitive cheerleader, her image on social media, and eventually her celebrity and money” to persuade her victims to send her sexually explicit content, the documents say. Court proceedings.

Harris, who described himself as a “trustworthy mentor”, put pressure on minors and offered money in exchange for conduct of a sexual nature, threatening them with disseminating the images already received if they refused to continue, according to the memorandum sentence.

Harris’ lawyers, in turn, argued that the defendant had a “biased version of what he understood as appropriate relationships”, because he had suffered sexual abuse as a child, for which they requested only six years in prison.

“I am sorry for all the trauma my abuse has caused you. I pray that his suffering comes to an end,” Harris told his victims in court, attorneys said.

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