Disgraced “Cheer” star Jerry Harris has a laundry list of treatment programs to complete in his not-so-near future.
The Blast reported last week that the ex-Navarro cheerleader will spend 12 years behind bars following a guilty verdict of child pornography.
His stay behind bars is very similar to former “19 Kids & Counting” star Josh Duggar’s prison sentence following his child pornography guilty conviction.
Jerry Harris Will Spend 12 Years In Prison
Upon leaving prison, Harris has been ordered to register as a sex offender and enroll/complete several mental health treatment programs.
According to reports, he is required to participate in a sex offender treatment program, a mental health treatment program and absolutely CANNOT get in contact with any of the minors involved in the case.
He will also need to take any medications prescribed by his doctors.
Harris was originally facing up to 50 years behind bars, and federal prosecutors recommended Harris spend 15 years locked up.
Harris Will Have To Enter Multiple Treatment Programs
On Wednesday, July 6, a judge announced the lengthy sentence and a slew of his friends and family members read statements about his character.
The ex-cheerleader plead guilty to one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct.
Harris was first charged in September 2020 when the FBI raided his Naperville, IL. home and charged him with producing child pornography.
According to authorities, Harris was soliciting sex from minors at cheer competitions and coercing teenage boys to send him inappropriate photos.
He Will Have To Register As A Sex Offender
Per court reports, this past February the “Cheer” star pled guilty to two charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old in the bathroom at a cheer competition and paying a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photos and videos via Snapchat.
TMZ’s fed sources report that “Harris has been ordered into eight years to pay $35,000 into AVAA crime victim funds, along with court-supervised release after imprisonment.”
He was denied bail while awaiting trial. Prosecutors argued the former reality TV star might prey on minors if he was released on bond.
During his sentencing, the 22-year-old admitted regret over his decisions and apologized to his victim.
“I am ashamed as I know that I took advantage of your youth and weakness. I was wrong and selfish. I caused you harm and I do not blame anyone,” Harris explained.
The shamed cheerleader was a fan favorite during season one of “Cheer.” He was in all intense and purposes the star of the show.
Harris Was A “Cheer” Favorite Throughout Season One
Harris became known for his encouraging “mat talks” throughout season one.
Following the hype and popularity of season one, Harris’ world came crashing down. His child pornography case was briefly addressed during season two of “Cheer.”
Harris wrote his former coach Monica Almada a letter expressing his desire to become a motivational speaker.
Almada admitted she wanted to be “supportive,” but was very “disappointed.”
“I want to be supportive,” Almada explained, “Yet I’m so disappointed…I have all these emotions that are just fighting each other.”