18 September 2020 08:38
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.