Jerry Harris from 'Cheer' sued for $1M for alleged sexual abuse of minors

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Twin boys have accused Jerry Harris of sexual misconduct. (Photo: Getty Images)

was beneath federal investigation for supposedly soliciting minors for intercourse. Harris, by way of a consultant, has denied the allegations.

The lawsuit, which has been considered by Yahoo Entertainment, alleges that Harris sexually exploited and abused twin brothers starting at age 13. The boys will flip 15 later this month. Harris “befriended the victims” in 2018 at a nationwide cheerleading competitors “both in-person and via social media platforms.” After exchanging telephone numbers and social media account names, messages from Harris allegedly “turned sexual in nature.” Harris purportedly demanded “booty pics” and requested the boys “about their relationships and sexual experiences.”

“Harris’s grooming, harassment and molestation of Plaintiffs soon progressed, as Harris exploited the fact that Plaintiffs were openly gay,” the criticism reads. Harris is accused of “sending sexually explicit” messages, together with demanding the boys “send nudes.” One of the boys claims he was harassed and molested by Harris in a rest room on the American Cheerleaders Association’s nationwide competitors in February 2019. The alleged victims are additionally suing United States All Star Federation (USASF), Varsity Spirit and Cheer Athletics.

“This case presents one more sad, and shocking, example of a sexual predator using his fame and position of authority as a coach and mentor to sexually abuse children. USASF and the other defendants failed in their responsibility to protect our clients from his abuse by properly supervising the Harris’s conduct as their employee and agent,” an legal professional for the boys stated in a press release.

USA Today about the alleged abuse. (Yahoo Entertainment is withholding their names as the boys are minors.) The family provided screenshots of some of the purported inappropriate social media messages. In one Snapchat exchange, an account with the name “.jerry harris” responded to a photo of one of the brothers stretching his leg above his head, writing, “Do it naked and take a video and show me.” ” data-reactid=”35″>The twin brothers and their mom spoke to USA Today in regards to the alleged abuse. (Yahoo Entertainment is withholding their names because the boys are minors.) The household offered screenshots of among the purported inappropriate social media messages. In one Snapchat alternate, an account with the identify “.jerry harris” responded to a photograph of one of many brothers stretching his leg above his head, writing, “Do it naked and take a video and show me.” 

According to an legal professional for the household, the boys’ mom alerted authorities about Harris after discovering sexually express messages. The FBI interviewed the twins on Aug. 28 and once more on Sept. 11. Federal brokers executed a search warrant at Harris’s home Monday afternoon in Naperville, Ill. as a part of the investigation. Harris has not been criminally charged.

Variety, a rep for Harris denied the allegations: “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.”” data-reactid=”38″>In a press release to Variety, a rep for Harris denied the allegations: “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.”

The twins declare that they know of different alleged victims and that Harris’s status is extensively identified within the cheerleading neighborhood. They are searching for over $1 million in damages.

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