To cheer Star Jeremiah "Jerry" Harris, arrested in September for federal child pornography, now faces seven new charges. USA today confirmed on December 11th. According to a retail outlet indictment, the 21-year-old was accused of receiving child pornography over the Internet in Orlando, FL and attempting to "convince, induce and lure" minors and travel from Texas to Florida "for the purpose of illegal sexual behavior "with a minor.
Prosecutors also accused Jerry of using, persuading, inducing, and enticing a minor to "engage in sexually explicit behavior in order to create a visual representation of that behavior" on four occasions. The acts allegedly took place in Naperville, IL and Corsicana, TX between August 2017 and August 2020.
Attorneys Morgan Stewart and Sarah Klein, who represent two of the alleged victims, issued a statement on the new charges, saying:
We are grateful that the US attorney and the FBI continued investigating this case, locating additional victims, and taking action. This was made possible because our client's mother initially had the courage to report Harris to the FBI and provided evidence of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation of her sons. We urge the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the United States All-Star Federation, Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics to determine which of their leaders, employees and agents could and did not stop the abuse of Harris .
Jerry was arrested in Naperville on September 17 after a lawyer representing two alleged victims brought allegations of sexual exploitation and child abuse against him. "We categorically deny the allegations made against Jerry Harris as a teenager," a Jerry spokesman told CNN. "We are confident that after the investigation is completed, the real facts will become known." Jerry has remained behind bars since his arrest, awaiting trial. If convicted, he faces 15 to 30 years in prison.