Court records: ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris to plead guilty | We World News

CHICAGO (AP) — “Cheer” star Jerry Harris is expected to plead guilty Thursday in a federal child pornography case alleging he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions, according to Chicago court records.

A plea change hearing was scheduled for Thursday before U.S. District Judge Manish Shah, according to court records. It was unclear Wednesday which charges Harris planned to plead guilty or whether he had reached a plea deal with prosecutors.

The Naperville actor was indicted in December 2020 on misconduct charges in Illinois, Florida and Texas. Federal prosecutors also alleged that Harris tried to persuade a minor to perform oral sex at cheerleading events, solicited another for sex, and admitted to having had five to 10 victims in all.

US Magistrate Judge Heather McShain ordered Harris, 22, to remain behind bars in October 2020, after he was initially charged with one count of producing child pornography. The judge suggested he would be a danger to the community if released.

McShain said Harris exploited his position in the cheerleading community and dismissed any “blurred line” between Harris’ age and that of his alleged victims.

“(Harris) wasn’t a kid,” McShain said. “He was an adult.”

The “Cheer” docuseries follows Navarro College’s competitive cheerleading team in Corsicana, Texas.

Harris is being held without bond at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in downtown Chicago, records show.

The Associated Press left a message on Wednesday seeking comment from Harris’ Chicago attorney, Todd Pugh.

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