Biden supporter Jerry Harris arrested on child pornography charges

Cheers star

Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer” and high-profile supporter of Joe Biden, was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and begged for oral sex.

Democratic candidate Joe Biden held an Instagram chat with Jerry Harris only weeks before Harris was placed under FBI investigation for allegedly soliciting sex and explicit pictures from two minors.

The allegations against Harris, 21, come from 14-year-old Texas twins, Charlie and Sam, who claim they were harassed at cheerleading competitions and online from when they were 13 and Harris was 19 years old.

According to the FBI complaint, Harris admitted during an interview after agents raided his home in the Chicago suburb of Naperville on Monday that he had asked one of the teens to send him photographs and videos of his penis and buttocks on Snapchat. He also admitted that he repeatedly asked the teen, identified only as Minor 1, between December 2018 and March of this year for such photographs and videos.

Further, Harris admitted to requesting and receiving on Snapchat child pornography from “at least between 10 to 15 other individuals he knew were minors,” according to the complaint.

The boy’s mother told the newspaper that both of her sons had spoken to the FBI, and the lawsuit alleges that she also reported the allegations to Fort Worth police, the FBI and others. The complaint contends that the mother contacted authorities after she saw messages from Harris on one of her son’s cellphones. Prosecutors said they recovered several text messages between Harris and the boys, as well as Harris’ admission that he had solicited pornographic images and videos from the boys and had sent explicit images of himself.

Harris, 21, was the breakout star of the show that followed the cheerleading team from Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas, as it sought a national title.

Besides accusing Harris of sexual misconduct, the lawsuit alleges that cheer organizations failed to protect the boys. The organizations named in the lawsuit are U.S. All Star Federation, which governs competitive cheerleading; Varsity Spirit, which puts on competitions; and the Cheer Athletics, a chain of gyms.

“Cheer” was an instant success when it was released in January, and Harris drew fans for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging “mat talk.” Earlier this year, he interviewed celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”

In June, Harris tweeted a clip of a short Instagram session where he appeared alongside Joe Biden. The post was accompanied with a caption urging black voters to turn out on Election Day to vote for the former Vice President.

‘Check out part of our conversation about voter apathy and why it is so important that we all register to vote. Together we have the power to make a real change!’

In the video, Biden said voting is ‘the most powerful non-violent tool we have’.

‘If the same percentage of young blacks turned out and registered to vote as the average voter, you’d increase voting by several million people, you could change the outcome of elections’, Biden added.

He closed the conversation by telling Harris he’d like to spend the day with him.

Biden himself has come under fire for his questionable behavior with women, particularly the underage children of his colleagues in the Senate.

Five years ago, he was in the headlines for putting his hands on and whispering into the ear of Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s wife Stephanie.

The former vice president was also accused of acting inappropriately toward a female Nevada state assemblywoman in 2014. Lucy Flores alleged that during a Las Vegas rally, Biden leaned in to smell her hair and plant an “awkward kiss” on the back of her head. Flores was then Nevada’s Democratic nominee for lieutenant governor.