Cheer star Jerry Harris has pleaded not responsible to a number of felony costs of sexual misconduct.
The cheerleader and TV character had been accused of soliciting intercourse from minors, and has now entered a not responsible plea to a complete of seven costs.
Entertainment Tonight stories that various authorized paperwork affirm that Harris didn’t bodily seem in courtroom on Thursday (December 17) when coming into his plea.
The costs embody 4 counts of sexual exploitation of youngsters, one rely of receiving little one pornography, one rely of touring with the intent to interact in illicit sexual contact with a minor, and one rely of enticement.
Every cost of sexual exploitation carries a compulsory minimal sentence of 15 years, and the enticement cost would carry a minimal of 10 years, if Jerry Harris was convicted.
The attorneys for two victims said in a statement: “We’re grateful that the U.S. Lawyer and the FBI have continued to research this case, find extra victims and take motion. This was made doable as a result of our shoppers’ mom initially had the braveness to report Harris to the FBI and offered evidentiary proof of the manipulation, sexual harassment, abuse, and exploitation that her sons had suffered.
“We urge the authorities to undertake an intensive investigation of the US All Star Federation, Varsity Spirit, and Cheer Athletics to find out which of their executives, staff, and representatives may have stopped Harris’ abuse and failed to take action.”
A spokesperson for Harris beforehand mentioned: “We categorically dispute the claims made towards Jerry Harris, that are alleged to have occurred when he was a youngster. We’re assured that when the investigation is accomplished the true info shall be revealed.”