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US Jerry Harris from ‘Cheer’ under FBI investigation for allegedly soliciting sex from minors

00:15  15 september  2020
00:15  15 september  2020 Source:   usatoday.com

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Cheerleader Jerry Harris is being investigated by the FBI after he allegedly solicited sex and sexually explicit photos from minors . Agents with the FBI executed a search warrant at his home in Naperville, Illinois, on Monday afternoon as part of the investigation , sources told USA Today.

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The FBI is investigating allegations that celebrity cheerleader Jerry Harris solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors, multiple sources told USA TODAY. Agents executed a search warrant Monday afternoon at a home in Naperville, Illinois, as part of that investigation.

"The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area," Siobhan Johnson, FBI special agent and public affairs officer, told USA TODAY. She declined further comment.

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Harris, who gained national prominence when he was featured in Netflix’s recent "Cheer" docuseries, has not been criminally charged. The 21-year-old could not be reached immediately for comment.

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The criminal investigation is based on allegations that were reported separately to police by Varsity, a private company that dominates the cheerleading industry and handles everything from uniform sales to major competitions. In Aug. 1 letters to police in Florida and Texas, Varsity’s chief legal officer, Burton Brillhart, said the company had learned of "inappropriate sexual conduct" allegations against Harris and was reporting the information to authorities as required by law.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Jerry Harris attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb.9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Calif. © Frazer Harrison, Getty Images Jerry Harris attends the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on Feb.9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"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," he wrote.

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Brillhart included two screenshots in his communication with law enforcement. In one — a Snapchat message — a picture of the upper part of what appears to be Harris’ face is labeled with the message, "Would you ever want to ****". The other screenshot — which is a series of text messages — indicates an exchange that begins on Friday, May 3, 2019, when an individual named “jerry harris” writes, "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it’s actually pretty good haha".

Brillhart’s letters describe Harris as a former employee who was not actively working for Varsity at the time of the incidents. In May 2019, Harris posted on social media that he was working for the National Cheerleaders Association, a Varsity brand. That summer, he posted multiple photos and videos of himself coaching athletes at NCA camps.

Varsity did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Netflix docuseries that made Harris famous follows Texas’ Navarro College cheerleaders in their quest for a national title. “Cheer,” which received six Emmy nominations, was an instant success when it was released in January. Harris became its breakout star, drawing fans for his positive attitude. Throughout the documentary, the Illinois native is seen often on the sidelines shouting encouragement at teammates as they practice difficult skills.

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However, under their bill, SB 145, the offenders would not have to automatically register as sex offenders if the offenders are within 10 years of age of the minor . Proposition 35 was created and passed to protect children from sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. Jerry ungi says

Lead investigative reporter on Jimmy Savile pedophilia in UK is found dead. The FBI is aware of this as is the NYPD (Pizza Gate) and we can only hope that the Justice Department and Attorney General of New York and various Prosecutors will step forward and reveal this evil before our planet is lost.

In February, Harris stood on a Dallas stage beside Oprah Winfrey, who handed him her microphone and asked him to pump up the crowd with his signature "mat talk." The same month, he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet of the Oscars for "The Ellen DeGeneres Show." In June, he filmed a short video with former Vice President Joe Biden, encouraging young Black voters to turn out on Election Day.

Harris’ Instagram page, which has 1.2 million followers, features partnerships with Cheerios, Starburst and Walmart.

This article will be updated.

Marisa Kwiatkowski and Tricia L. Nadolny are reporters on USA TODAY’s national investigative team. Marisa can be reached at mkwiatko@usatoday.com, @IndyMarisaK or by phone, Signal or WhatsApp at (317) 207-2855. Tricia can be reached at nadolny@usatoday.com or @TriciaNadolny.

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