Fox News reports federal prosecutors in Illinois are requesting a judge keep “Cheer” star Jerry Harris detained until his trial.
“Established in this criminal complaint, and corroborated by the continuing investigation, is that Harris is a dangerous child predator who targets children all over the country for purposes of sexual exploitation,” prosecutors state in the court docs.
“Harris not only commits his offenses online, but he seeks to meet his victims in person for purposes of hands-on offenses.”
“Harris exhibits all the signs of a serial child predator and unless and until he receives significant mental health sex offender treatment, he will remain a danger to any child he encounters, either online or in person,” the court docs continue.
“Just weeks after getting rid of his cell phone Harris used his new “clean” phone to again reach out and victimize minor boys.”
“This demonstrates that Harris either simply cannot control his criminal impulses, or he simply does not care about getting caught,” the prosecution further claims.
“If a full gymnasium of cheer moms and dads is not enough to deter Harris from committing these crimes, a single cheer mom will have no chance at protecting the community from Harris,” prosecutors concluded.
“Harris used his age advantage to manipulate Minor 1 in the same way that all adult sexual predators manipulate a child. Through a combination of guilt, compliments, and what has been described by multiple victims as ‘unrelenting persistence,’ Harris was able to coerce Minor 1 into taking sexually explicit photographs of himself to feed Harris’ deviant desires.”
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“The victimization of Minor 1 was not a one-time offense by Harris,” prosecutors claim. “It continued for over a year involving the production and transportation of dozens of child pornography images all consumed by Harris.”
From Fox News:
According to court documents obtained by Fox News, prosecutors argue that Harris would be a danger to the community if he were ordered home detention ahead of trial. The Netflix star was arrested in September for allegedly enticing an underage boy to produce sexually explicit photos and videos of himself. He has been charged with one count of producing child pornography.
The charge of production of child pornography carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison and a maximum of 30 years.
In the government’s motion for pretrial detention filed on Tuesday in the Northern District of Illinois, prosecutors allege Harris, “by his own admission, has forever damaged at least 5 to 10 minor boys” and as such, he “either does not care about being caught committing his offenses, or simply cannot help himself.”
Prosecutors warn that “dedicated third-party custodians” in the presence of Harris at home would not be enough to deter him from having future contact with minors.
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