Former Cheer star Jerry Harris pleaded guilty to one count each of receiving child pornography and engaging in sexual acts with a minor.
In a plea deal with the government, Harris pleaded guilty to two of the charges alleging he received child pornography and traveled to meet a 15-year-old boy with whom he engaged in sexual relations.
U.S. District Judge Manish Shah said that Harris could face a maximum of 30 years in prison on one of the charges. A sentencing hearing date has been set for June 28. Harris will remain in federal custody in Chicago until sentencing.
Harris was arrested and charged in September 2020 with one count of producing child pornography for allegedly soliciting nude photos from minors. Feds say that Harris had “multiple other victims who all describe near identical criminal conduct by Harris involving the sexual exploitation of minors.”
In December he was indicted on new charges alleging that he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced underage teenage boys to send him lewd photographs and videos of themselves.
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