‘Cheer’ star Jerry Harris allegedly solicited minors for sex, under FBI investigation
The famed cheerleader has not yet been charged with a crime but the FBI raided his home on Monday.
Cheer star Jerry Harris is under FBI investigation for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.
An official for the FBI confirmed to USA Today Monday that the 21-year-old actor was the subject of a federal probe. A search warrant was authorized and carried out by agents on his Naperville, Illinois home. According to sources, he allegedly asked minors to send him nude pictures and also wanted sex.
“The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area,” Siobhan Johnson, FBI special agent and public affairs officer, told USA TODAY.
Harris came into prominence on Cheer, the Emmy nominated docuseries that followed the Texas’ Navarro College as they attempted to win a national titled and which is streamed on Netflix. Harris became known as “King of the Mat.” He hasn’t been charged yet with a crime and nor has not commented on the allegations against him which came to light after police in Florida and Texas were contacted by Varsity, a private firm that is focused on the cheerleading industry.
Varsity’s chief legal officer, Burton Brillhart, stated in an August letter that the company became aware of “inappropriate sexual conduct” and reported the accusations which is mandated by the law. Some of the evidence offered included Snapchat screenshots where Harris allegedly wrote “Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it’s actually pretty good haha.”
The man, whose face is described as Harris’ also enticed a minor with the text, “Would you ever want to ****”.”
Brillhart added that Harris was a former employee of Varisty and was not working with the company at the time of the alleged incidents.
Last May, Harris posted to social media pictures and videos of him coaching athletes at the National Association Cheerleads camp which is a Varsity brand.
“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” Brillhart declared.
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