Feds want 15 years for former ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris in child porn case

Feds want 15 years for former ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris in child porn case

CHICAGO — Federal prosecutors in Chicago have known as for a 15-year jail sentence for Jerry Harris, the previous star of the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” who pleaded responsible earlier this yr to baby pornography and sex-crime costs involving a number of victims.

Assistant U.S. Legal professional Kelly Guzman wrote in a sentencing memo late Wednesday that Harris “used what he had at his disposal” to commit his crimes: “his standing as a aggressive cheerleader, his social media persona, and ultimately his celeb and cash, to steer and entice his younger victims to have interaction in sexually specific conduct for him or with him.”

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Consequently, one sufferer turned anxious, unable to sleep, skilled panic assaults and developed a concern of public restrooms, Guzman wrote.

Notice: The video within the participant above is from a earlier, associated report.

However Harris’ attorneys requested of their memo for a lighter six-year jail sentence, writing that “the fact is that [Harris] is each victimizer and sufferer,” having additionally been sexually assaulted throughout his childhood.

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Of their memo, the protection attorneys additionally quoted Harris, who mentioned, “I needed to face what I did. I used to be an grownup, and I took benefit of those teen boys. I used to be incorrect. I brought on hurt. I used to be egocentric and I exploited their weak point. It was all me. I spotted what I did was incorrect, and it was dangerous and I actually do really feel sorry for it. And I’m ashamed of myself.”

Harris attorneys Todd Pugh and Joshua Herman wrote that Harris has been “the goal of inmate exploitation” in jail, partly, due to his public profile.

Harris pleaded responsible in February and is ready to be sentenced on July 6 by U.S. District Decide Manish Shah. Harris has admitted he provided $2,000 in funds for sexually specific photos from one minor sufferer, persuaded a second to ship him related photos and obtained masturbation movies from a 3rd. He additionally admitted he sexually assaulted a fourth minor sufferer in a public lavatory.SEE MORE: ‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris faces new baby pornography, intercourse crime costs

Guzman wrote that Harris raped that 15-year-old baby when Harris was 19 – and he or she mentioned it occurred at a cheerleading competitors in Orlando “with 1000’s of individuals current.”

The prosecutor additionally wrote that Harris destroyed his telephone when he realized he was underneath investigation in Could 2020. However then, she mentioned, he purchased a brand new telephone and reached out to a different minor looking for specific pictures and movies.

The unique felony criticism filed towards Harris traced the case towards him to a mom’s discovery in February 2020 of a message from Harris on a telephone belonging to one among her twin boys, who had been aggressive cheerleaders.

Pugh and Herman rejected of their memo the concept Harris used his standing as a “Cheer” star to prey on minors, writing that “nothing is farther from the reality” and that “many of the offense conduct occurred nicely earlier than the airing of ‘Cheer’ in January of 2020.”

However Guzman argued that “whereas the Netflix collection did carry him a wider measure of fame, Harris had turn into a revered and influential determine in his sport nicely earlier than that tv present aired. Harris was an older, extra skilled athlete on illustrious, elite aggressive groups, with a social media following, and a coach to youthful, less-experienced athletes.”

Supply: ( Solar-Occasions Media Wire – Copyright Chicago Solar-Occasions 2022.)

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