CHICAGO (AP) — “Cheer” star Jerry Harris is anticipated to plead responsible Thursday in a federal youngster pornography case alleging he solicited intercourse from minors at cheerleading competitions, court docket data in Chicago present.
A change of plea listening to was scheduled for Thursday earlier than U.S. District Choose Manish Shah, court docket data present. It was not clear Wednesday which prices Harris deliberate to plead responsible to or whether or not he had reached a plea take care of prosecutors.
The actor from Naperville was indicted in December 2020 on prices alleging misconduct in Illinois, Florida and Texas. Federal prosecutors additionally alleged that Harris tried to steer a minor to interact in oral intercourse at cheerleading occasions, solicited one other for intercourse and admitted to having 5 to 10 victims in all.
U.S. Justice of the Peace Choose Heather McShain ordered Harris, 22, held behind bars in October 2020, after he was initially charged with one rely of manufacturing of kid pornography. The decide prompt he could be a hazard to the neighborhood if launched.
McShain stated Harris exploited his place within the cheerleading neighborhood and rejected any “blurred line” between Harris’ age and that of his alleged victims.
“(Harris) was not a toddler,” McShain stated. “He was an grownup.”
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Harris is being held with out bond in Chicago’s downtown Metropolitan Correctional Middle, data present.
The Related Press left a message in search of remark Wednesday from Harris’ Chicago legal professional, Todd Pugh.
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