‘Cheer’ Coach Monica Aldama Breaks Silence on Jerry Harris’ Child Porn Charges
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Monica Aldama, the coach of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team and the star of Netflix’s “Cheer,” is reacting to the Thursday arrest of her cheerleader Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris.

“My heart is shattered into a million pieces. I am devastated by this shocking, unexpected news. Our children must be protected from abuse and exploitation, and I’m praying hard for the victims and everyone affected,” Aldama said in a statement released on her Instagram Friday.

She concluded, “Please respect our privacy as our family mourns during this heartbreaking time.”

On Thursday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Joseph Fitzpatrick said Harris was arrested and charged for the production of child pornography.

A criminal complaint filed in the U.S. District Court in Chicago accused Harris of “enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.”

The statement alleges that Harris “contacted the underage boy on a social media application and repeatedly enticed him to produce sexually explicit videos and photographs of himself and send them to Harris.”

Officials say the minor was 13 years old at the time of the alleged incident.

The complaint also alleges that the boy told his mother that Harris solicited oral sex from him in a bathroom at a cheerleading competition.

In addition, the document accuses Harris of admitting to FBI agents of soliciting and receiving child pornography on Snapchat from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors.”

CNN reports that Harris appeared in federal court in Chicago on Thursday afternoon, where the government sought his detention as a danger to the community.

Harris’ attorney said he will seek Jerry’s release as Harris is “asthmatic” and at risk for COVID-19.

Earlier this week, Harris was interviewed by law enforcement in regard to these accusations. The FBI also conducted a raid on his home.

Monday in Texas, two underage twin brothers sued Harris, alleging that he leveraged his fame to groom them for abuse. The suit says Harris first encountered the twins in 2018, when the boys were 13.

A spokesperson for Harris told multiple outlets at the time, “We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager. We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”

People reports that the law firm representing the twins in the civil suit confirmed in a statement that the alleged victim in the criminal accusation is one of the twins.

Production of child pornography is punishable by a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.

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