'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charges

Jerry Harris a Waubonsie Valley High School graduate from suburban Bolingbrook appears in the Netflix series

Jerry Harris a Waubonsie Valley High School graduate from suburban Bolingbrook appears in the Netflix series"Cheer

A criminal complaint filed on Thursday alleges that Harris had asked for pornographic images and videos from two 14-year-old boys, adding that the boys' parents found the photos and videos on one of the child's phones.

"My heart is shattered into a million pieces", wrote Aldama.

The "Dancing With the Stars" contestant continued: "I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news".

Cheer star Jerry Harris skyrocketed to fame after the Netflix series debuted earlier this year, but following his arrest, fans questioned how well they really knew him.

"In one of the videos, the face of the man masturbating can not be seen but the boy told his mother it was Harris".

The affidavit also states that Harris admitted to asking one of the underage teens to take photos and videos of his "penis and buttocks and to send the photos and videos to Harris through Snapchat, knowing that [the minor] was 13 years old".

The high profile cheerleader also met the boy at a cheerleading event for oral sex, federal authorities claim.

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In response to the allegations and subsequent arrest, a Netflix spokesperson said the company is "shocked" by the claims, and emphasized that "any abuse of minors is a bad crime and we respect the legal process".

Following the allegations, the FBI executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois, home on Monday as part of the investigation.

Cheer followed the cheerleaders of Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as they prepared for a major competition.

A representative for Harris did not immediately return CNN's request for comment via email.

The production of child pornography has a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

A spokesperson told CNN at the time that "we categorically dispute the claims" and "are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed". "Any abuse of minors is a awful crime and we respect the legal process". They also alleged that Harris had regularly attempted to initiate conversations that were "sexual in nature".

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JANUARY 29: (L-R) La'Darius Marshall, Monica Aldama, Gabi Butler and Jerry Harris attend the Build Series to discuss "Cheer" at Build Studio on January 29, 2020 in New York City. Harris and Biden engaged in Instagram lives as well, conservative commentator Saagar Enjeti reported.

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