CHICAGO — Bond was denied Friday for “Cheer” star Jerry Harris.
A Cook County judged ruled Harris will remain in jail while he awaits trial on child pornography charges. as he awaits trial on child pornography charges.
Naperville resident Harris, 21, is accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos and pictures from twin teenage boys, one of whom sent Harris that content on social media.
Prosecutors said Harris first contacted one of the boys when he was 13, with Instagram messages show Harris asking the boy for pictures of his face and “booty.”
The two had later exchanged graphic videos and photos on Snapchat.
The boy’s mother found text messages in February of this year where Harris apologized to the boy and suggested that they stop contacting one another. Eventually, the boy’s mother found the pornographic videos and photos and contacted police.
Harris’ attorney argues that he was a teenager himself, but still an adult when the contact began with the boy.
They said Harris admitted to victimizing between 5 to 10 boys and received photos from 10 to 15 other children.
A motion from Harris’ attorneys filed ahead of a court hearing Wednesday argues that the mental health treatment that the 21-year-old suburban Chicago man needs is not available in federal jail. The document also said that Harris has asthma, which puts him at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.