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Jerry Harris has been charged (Picture: Getty Images) Cheer's Jerry Harris has been charged with producing child sex images after appearing in court. The Netflix star was arrested this week after allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris. He has appeared in federal court in Chicago. According to court reports (via BBC News), Harris admitted to soliciting and receiving explicit images from the minor. He did not enter a plea and, according to US reports, a judge said a hearing would be held on Monday to determine whether he will stay in custody or be released on bail.

Advertisement According to a criminal complaint filed in the US District Court in Chicago, the minor allegedly informed Harris, who is said to have been 19 at the time, during their initial online encounter that he was 13 years old. Harris' rep has denied the charges, releasing a statement that says: 'We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. Harris is best known for his appearance on Cheer (Picture: Getty Images) 'We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.' Netflix has released a statement, telling ABC News: 'Like everyone we are shocked by this news.' Speaking of the allegations, they added: 'Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.' Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum of 15 years and a maximum of 30 years in prison. Harris has appeared in court (Picture: jerryharris_/Instagram) The FBI did not mention Harris by name when approached by Metro.co.uk, but stated: 'The FBI was conducting court-authorised law enforcement activity in Naperville, IL and Crystal Lake, IL this morning. There is no further information at this time.' Variety reported that allegations about Jerry were reported to Varsity, a company involved in the cheerleading industry.

Harris rose to fame on Netflix's Cheer, which followed Navarro College's cheerleading team as they prepared for the National College Championships in Daytona Beach. Metro.co.uk has contacted reps for Harris for further comment. Got a story? If you've got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us [email protected], calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we'd love to hear from you. MORE: Cheer star Jerry Harris arrested over production of child pornography after denying claims MORE: Cheer star Jerry Harris denies allegations of soliciting sex and nude photos from minors Send this page to someone via email NOTE: This article contains descriptions that some may find disturbing.

Please read at your own discretion. Jerry Harris attends the Build Series to discuss 'Cheer' on January 29, 2020 in New York City. Jim Spellman/Getty Images Jeremiah Harris, better known as "Jerry" — one of the students followed in Netflix docuseries Cheer — has been arrested and charged with production of child pornography, according to Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick. He was charged in a federal Chicago court on Thursday. The court said Harris, 21, "repeatedly enticed" a 13-year-old boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself and send them to him. "The minor victim informed Harris during their initial online encounter that he was 13 years old," according to a court release. As of this writing, Harris has not publicly commented on his arrest or charge. Netflix also has no comment about the charge. Earlier this week, he was accused of child sexual exploitation and abuse in a lawsuit filed by a lawyer representing two alleged 14-year-old victims (who were 13 at the time of the alleged abuse). Harris sent them sexually explicit photos and videos of himself, and at one point cornered a boy in a bathroom at a cheer competition and begged for oral sex, according to the lawsuit. The lawsuit says the boy turned him down and left the bathroom. The lawsuit said that when the boys met Harris at a cheer competition in 2018, he was already well-known in cheerleading circles. USA Today said Monday that multiple sources told the newspaper that the FBI was investigating accusations that Harris solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors. In interviews with USA Today at their Texas home, the boys described a pattern of harassment both online and at cheer competitions, which began when they were 13 and Harris was 19. They said it continued for more than a year. The lawsuit filed Monday in Texas against Harris and three cheer organizations says the boys' mother reported Harris to the FBI last month. The boys' mother told USA Today that both boys have spoken to the FBI. The newspaper reported that law enforcement agents on Monday were at Harris' home in Naperville, Illinois. A spokesperson for Harris told CNN earlier this week: "We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed." Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years. Harris was a breakout star of Cheer, which followed the cheerleading team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as they sought a national title. Story continues below advertisement Cheer was an instant success when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging "mat talk." Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the Oscars red carpet for The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Cheer recently won two Emmy Awards. Harris is scheduled to appear in court on Thursday afternoon. — With files from The Associated Press HuffPost is part of Verizon Media. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Your personal data that may be used Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps Precise location Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. To enable Verizon Media and our partners to process your personal data select 'I agree', or select 'Manage settings' for more information and to manage your choices. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls.