'Cheer' Star Jerry Harris Pleads Guilty To Sex Crime Charges After Previously Pleading Not Guilty
Cheer alum Jerry Harris has pleaded guilty to sex crime related charges on Thursday, February 10, before US District Judge Manish Shah.
Harris was originally charged 18 months ago with soliciting sex from minors at cheerleading competitions, as well as coercing teen boys into sending him sexually explicit photos and videos.
It is currently unclear if Harris pleaded guilty to all charges or just one of them.
This comes after the television personality initially pleaded not guilty on Thursday, December 17. A change of plea hearing was later set to take place on February 10 at 1:30 P.M. in Chicago, Illinois.
As OK! previously reported, Harris was arrested in a police raid in September 2020 and later accused of both producing and soliciting child pornography after asking a 13-year-old boy to send him nude photos over Snapchat.
The boy's mother reportedly found texts and a secret Snapchat folder containing more than 10 explicit photos and videos of the minor naked and doing various cheer poses, which were allegedly solicited by Harris.
The raid was sparked by a separate 28-page lawsuit also filed against Harris by twin brothers who claimed the former cheerleading star had abused them when they were only 13-years-old.
"We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager," one of Harris' reps stated at the time. "We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."
The Navarro Community College cheer team — which Harris was famously a member of in Netflix's hit docuseries — later made a statement expressing their grief over the arrest, as well as voicing their support for the alleged victims.
If convicted on all charges, Harris could face up to 50 years in prison.