CINEMA: Jerry Harris the star of the Netflix series ”Cheer” admits to child sex crime charges.

Jere­mi­ah Har­ris, one of the stars of the Net­flix doc­u­men­tary series Cheer, has plead­ed guilty in a fed­er­al sex­u­al abuse case against him.

Har­ris, 22, admit­ted to receiv­ing child pornog­ra­phy and trav­el­ing to anoth­er state with the intent to engage in illic­it sex­u­al activity.

He has been held in pre­tri­al deten­tion since his arrest in Chica­go in 2020.

The guilty plea was part of a deal to avoid pros­e­cu­tion on five oth­er fed­er­al charges against him.

The Emmy Award-win­ning series Cheer fol­lows the lives of the Navar­ro Col­lege cheer­lead­ing squad in Texas.

Har­ris’ fame saw him win an invi­ta­tion to the Oscars as a guest of TV host Ellen DeGeneres, where he inter­viewed celebri­ties on the red carpet.

On Thurs­day, he plead­ed guilty to offer­ing to pay a 17-year-old to send him sex­u­al­ly explic­it pho­tos and trav­el­ing to Flori­da for the pur­pose of “engag­ing in unlaw­ful sex­u­al con­duct” with a 15-year-old.

The inves­ti­ga­tion was trig­gered by a com­plaint from a Texas moth­er, whose two sons were abused by Harris.

“In an effort to put an end to a ser­i­al preda­tor and avoid harm­ing oth­er chil­dren, my sons have made the coura­geous deci­sion to speak pub­licly about the sex­u­al abuse they suf­fered at the hands of Jer­ry Har­ris,” the moth­er said in a press release.

“Har­ris’ admis­sion of guilt today gives me hope that the pain and heartache my sons have endured as a result of speak­ing out was not in vain.”

An attor­ney for his vic­tims called for an inves­ti­ga­tion of the Unit­ed States All Star Fed­er­a­tion, Var­si­ty Spir­it and Cheer Ath­let­ics to deter­mine if any employ­ees “could have stopped Har­ris’ abuse and did not.”

In the lat­est sea­son of Cheer, released last month, twins iden­ti­fied as Har­ris’ vic­tims describe their reluc­tance to speak out.

“I told him I was 13, and after that — right away — he asked me, ‘Can I have butt pic­tures?’ or ‘Can you send butt pic­tures?’ ” said one of the boys.

One of the boys said he decid­ed to speak out after watch­ing a cam­paign con­ver­sa­tion then-pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Joe Biden had with Har­ris in 2020.

“I want to show the world, give peo­ple a face, when they think of Jer­ry Har­ris, what he did,” the boy said.

Pros­e­cu­tors say Har­ris admit­ted to exchang­ing lewd pho­tos with 10 to 15 chil­dren he knew were minors in at least three dif­fer­ent states.

The child pornog­ra­phy charge car­ries a min­i­mum sen­tence of five years in prison and a max­i­mum of 20 years, accord­ing to CBS News, the BBC’s part­ner in the Unit­ed States.

The unlaw­ful sex­u­al con­duct charge car­ried a max­i­mum sen­tence of 30 years.

His sen­tence will be hand­ed down on June 28.

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