Content warning: This article mentions allegations of sexual misconduct against a minor.
Surprise! After two incredibly long years, Netflix's hit docuseries Cheer has returned with all-new routines, rivalries, and of course, more than enough drama to satisfy our hunger for reality television conflict.
The new season will also tackle more extreme matters, including the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down the 2020 cheer season and the arrival of severe criminal accusations against former stunter Jerry Harris.
With Season 2's release, many fans of the competitive cheer docuseries are curious to know Jerry Harris's whereabouts. Where is he now? Is he still in jail? Keep reading to find out.
Where is Jerry Harris from 'Cheer' now?
Even though Jerry has been featured in a few episodes of Cheer Season 2, the star has found himself in a world of trouble. After entering a plea of not guilty in December 2020 to charges relating to Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM), Harris has officially changed his tune.
According to NBC News, Harris pleaded guilty to two charges — one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receiving CSAM — in a Chicago federal court on Feb. 10, 2022. Prosecutors reportedly agreed to drop the remaining counts in a plea deal.
This news follows a September 2020 FBI investigation against Harris for allegedly obtaining CSAM. At the time, two 14-year-old brothers filed a lawsuit against the Cheer star and accused him of inappropriate sexual conduct, noting online and in-person harassment. Harris was a legal adult when the communication occurred.
In Dec. 2020, NBC Chicago reported that the District Court in the Northern District of Illinois disclosed that Harris "was charged with seven different crimes relating to five minors."
The outlet added, via the District Court indictment, that "Federal prosecutors charged Harris with four counts of knowingly using, persuading, inducing and enticing a minor to 'engage in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing a visual depiction of such conduct, and for the purpose of transmitting a live visual depiction of such conduct.'"
Additionally, the indictment revealed Harris had "also been accused of using the internet to knowingly persuade, induce, and entice a minor to engage in sexual activity, as well as knowingly receiving and attempting to receive child sexual abuse material."
Further charges include "traveling in interstate commerce, from Texas to Florida, for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct," as stated in the filed indictment.
Is Harris in jail currently?
Per NBC News, the 22-year-old will remain in federal custody at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago while he awaits sentencing for his crimes on June 28, 2022. The CSAM charge carries a sentence ranging from five to 20 years, and the second charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. There is no telling if the judge will show Harris mercy, but the disgraced star is likely in for a lengthy prison sentence.
On why Harris was never tapped to tell his side of the story from jail for Cheer Season 2, the show's director, Greg Whiteley, told MovieMaker that "Letters were written. Messages were conveyed to him. There were many overtures that ... just went unanswered. We tried over and over."
The publication further said that Harris's legal counsel has declined to allow their client to appear for an on-camera interview. "If I were to get a phone call today, I would try and get that interview," Greg maintained to MovieMaker.
Season 2 of Cheer is available for streaming on Netflix now.