‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris sentenced to 12 years in prison in a child pornography case



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“Cheer” star Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, Joseph D. Fitzpatrick.

“The sentence is 12 years in prison, followed by 8 years of probation,” Fitzpatrick told CNN in an email.

Harris, a former star of the Netflix reality documentary series “Cheer,” pleaded guilty in February to a single charge of receiving child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with a minor.

CNN has contacted Harris’ lawyers for a comment.

In December 2020, Harris was charged with a seven-count indictment filed in the U.S. District Court in northern Illinois.

In a complaints deal with the government, Harris pleaded guilty to two of the charges from the indictment, in which he stated that he received child pornography and was involved in interstate travel to meet a 15-year-old boy with whom he had sexual relations.

“Cheer” follows the cheering team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. Harris is one of several students whose stories were put into focus in the series, which debuted on the streaming service in January 2020.

The second season of “Cheer,” released last year, dealt with the allegations against Harris and included an interview with two of his prosecutors.

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