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New ‘Cheer’ Season Addresses Sex Abuse Charges Against Naperville Native Former Star

The second season of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer” directly addresses the child sexual abuse charges against Jerry Harris, a Naperville native and star of the first season.

What happened?

The show, which first aired in January 2020, followed Harris and the rest of Corsicana, the Texan Navarro College cheer team. Harris was arrested that year on charges of child pornography and advertising for minors to have sex.

Harris admitted in an interview with investigators that although he was over 18 at the time, he had requested and received sexually explicit images of 10 to 14 victims he knew were minors.

“Cheer” Season 2

The fifth episode of the show’s newest season, titled “Jerry,” tackles the subject head-on and features testimony from two of Harris’ underage accusers and her mother.

“This hadn’t happened just a couple of times,” the mother told CBS 2 Chicago. “He was an incredibly tenacious predator who was the focus of my son’s life for over a year.”

The victims’ mother gave federal agents a tip after finding pornographic pictures and texts featuring Harris on her child’s phone, CBS 2 said.

One of the guys explained on the show: “I told him I was 13 years old and after that he immediately asked me, ‘Can I have pictures of my butt?’ or ‘Can you send pictures of your bum?’ ”according to the CBS 2 report.

Waiting for test

Harris has been in custody since his arrest at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. No court date was set. Harris pleaded not guilty on all charges.

If convicted, Harris faces a minimum of 15 years on each of his four charges of sexual exploitation and child pornography, as well as a minimum of 10 years on charges of seduction, Men’sHealth said.

Casey Flanagan from Naperville News 17 reported.

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