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Entertainment Cheer's Monica Aldama Says She's 'Devastated' After Jerry Harris' Arrest

18:17  18 september  2020
18:17  18 september  2020 Source:   people.com

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A shocking blow. Cheer star Monica Aldama is speaking out after news broke that Jerry Harris was arrested amid an FBI investigation. “My heart is shattered into a million pieces,” the Navarro College cheerleading coach, 50, penned in an Instagram statement on Friday, September 17

Monica Aldama , who plays the coach on the Netflix show Cheer , has broken her silence on her costar’ s arrest on federal child pornography charges. “My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news,” Aldama wrote on Instagram Friday.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Monica Aldama and Jerry Harris © Jim Spellman/Getty (2) Monica Aldama and Jerry Harris

Cheer's Monica Aldama is speaking out about Jerry Harris' arrest on a federal charge for allegedly producing child pornography.

On Thursday, Harris, 21, was formally charged in Chicago, a statement from federal officials confirmed, alleging that he was arrested for "allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself."

Harris, the statement alleges, "contacted the underage boy on a social media application and repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris, according to a criminal complaint filed in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The minor victim informed Harris during their initial online encounter that he was 13."

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Navarro College Cheer coach Monica Aldama , who won over viewers with her charismatic leadership on Netflix' s hit docuseries " Cheer ," has responded to the arrest of former Navarro competitor and " Cheer " star Jerry Harris . In a criminal complaint made public by the Department of Justice on

Cheer ' s Monica Aldama Says She ' s ' Devastated ' After Jerry Harris ' Arrest . On Thursday, Harris , 21, was formally charged in Chicago, a statement from federal officials confirmed, alleging that he was arrested for "allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of

The criminal complaint against Harris also alleges the boy told his mother that in a bathroom at a cheerleading competition, Harris solicited oral sex from him.

Aldama — the head coach of the Navarro College cheerleading squad, which Harris was part of and is the subject of the Netflix docuseries Cheer — issued a statement on Instagram Friday morning, writing that she is heartbroken over the news.

"My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news," wrote Aldama, who is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars.

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"Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I'm praying hard for the victims and everyone affected," the coach, 47, added. "Please respect our privacy as our family mourns during this heartbreaking time."

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Monica Aldama and Jerry Harris on Jan. " Cheer " coach Monica Aldama , who is also competing on the current season of "Dancing with the Stars," has responded to the arrest of Jerry Harris "My heart is shattered into a million pieces," wrote Aldama . "I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news.

Navarro College says Jerry Harris ' arrest should not reflect on the school or its celebrated cheer squad because he wasn't part of their program The community college says it won't comment on Jerry ' s criminal case but his cheer coach, Monica Aldama , says she ' s shocked and devastated

A Netflix spokesperson told PEOPLE on Thursday: "Like everyone we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process."

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The criminal complaint also accuses Harris of admitting to FBI agents of soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.” The FBI conducted a raid on Harris' home earlier this week.

The news came just days after two underage twin brothers filed a lawsuit against Harris for allegedly sexually abusing them and demanding nude photographs from them. Manly, Stewart & Finaldi, the firm representing the twins in a civil suit, confirmed in a statement that the alleged victim in the criminal accusation is one of the twins.

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Monica Aldama was spotted arriving to work at the Dancing With The Stars studios this Saturday in Los Angeles. Monica Aldama joins celebs arriving at Dancing With The Stars Her latest sighting comes a day after she publicly shared her reaction to the child porn arrest of Cheer star Jerry Harris .

With The Stars rehearsal after saying she was 'praying hard for the victims' of co-star Jerry Harris This comes after she reacted to her mentee Jerry Harris being arrested 'I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news,' the star wrote Monica Aldama was seen heading to rehearsals for Dancing With The Stars on Friday in Los

The suit, filed Monday in Texas and obtained by PEOPLE, states the plaintiffs are both competitive cheerleaders who first met Harris in 2018 when they were 13. The suit alleges he leveraged his prominence in the cheerleading community to groom the two for abuse.

a couple of people posing for the camera: Jim Spellman/Getty (2) Monica Aldama and Jerry Harris © Provided by People Jim Spellman/Getty (2) Monica Aldama and Jerry Harris

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"Plaintiffs were 'star struck,' as Harris was already a known All-Star Cheer personality, icon and coach within the state and nationally," the suit states.

A spokesperson for Harris told PEOPLE on Monday: "We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed."

A statement from Sarah Klein, the plaintiffs' civil attorney, asserts: "We are grateful that the U.S. Attorney and the FBI have taken swift action to protect children by investigating, arresting, and charging Jerry Harris. This was made possible because our clients’ mother had the courage to report Harris to the FBI as well as the Fort Worth Police Department and provided evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation that her sons had suffered."

If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse, text "STRENGTH" to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741 to be connected to a certified crisis counselor.

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