Jerry Harris, the hero of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was found guilty of sexual exploitation of children and received a 12-year prison term. He also faced additional accusations of child pornography.
Following the announcement of the sentence on Wednesday, US District Judge Manish Shah added that in addition to Harris’ jail term, he has also mandated an eight-year period of court-supervised release.
According to USA Today, Judge Manish stated during the hearing that he wanted to “convey the seriousness of your actions, balanced with some optimism that all is not lost for you or for your victims and that some healing can occur in the future.”
After sexually assaulting a juvenile kid in a bathroom and bribing another underage boy to provide him sexually explicit images and videos, Harris, 22, pled guilty to child pornography charges in February.
Harris expressed regret for all of his choices and apologized to all of his victims before the sentence was given, calling himself “wrong and selfish.”
According to a copy of his statement sent by his lawyer Todd Pugh to USA Today, “I regret my choices and I am truly sorry.” “I can only attempt to do better and be a better person moving forward. Although I don’t deserve it, I do want to receive it someday.
You might discover it within yourself.
He was initially detained in 2020 on suspicion of child pornography.