Where is Jerry Harris now? Shocked 'Cheer' pals MISS Netflix star accused of sex with minors
'It was like an out-of-body experience at the time. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was already terrified,' Harris' ex-coach Monica Aldama shared
As the new season of popular Netflix docuseries 'Cheer' dropped, former teammates of Jerry Harris can be seen breaking down at the news of the 22-year-old star's sex abuse allegations. Harris, who makes his appearance in multiple episodes of the second season, was arrested in 2020 on federal charges of child pornography. He was also booked for soliciting sex from minors as well as requesting explicit photos from underage individuals.
In the latest season, teammates and friends of Jerry Harris share their emotional reaction to his shocking arrest. His former coach Monica Aldama and friend Gabi Butler, both break down during their interviews, unable to believe the accusations against Harris. "It's been a very difficult year. A lot of great opportunities and a lot of awful times. I keep putting one foot in front of the other. Every single day. Don't have a choice," Monica Aldama shares in episode five, adding her first reaction to the news of Harris' arrest, "It was like an out-of-body experience at the time. I felt like I couldn’t breathe. I was already terrified."
The latest season shows bits and pieces of video footage with the accused cheerleader, including his famous interview with President Joe Biden. However, it also focuses on how his career came to a crashing end with the child sexual abuse accusations and consequent arrest.
His friend and former teammate Gabi Butler tearfully recalled, "I was here in my room when I got the call about Jerry and immediately my heart completely sank. I honestly thought I was living in a bad dream. I literally couldn't wrap my heard around any of that. I felt like someone had just like died." She also added, "I completely broke down,' she says, starting to cry."
Harris is presently held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center and awaits trial as of 2022. "Jerry has been held at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago since his arrest in September 2020. He still awaits trial. If convicted, he faces a mandatory minimum fifteen-year sentence,” shows the Netflix series.
Alongside heartbroken teammates and peers of Harris, two of his accusers also appear in the new season. Fifteen-year-old twins Charlie and Sam narrate their harrowing experience with Harris, who initiated sexual communication with them when they were only 13-years-old. In September 2020, a lawsuit was filed against the young cheerleader on behalf of the twins, which stated that Harris asked for their phone numbers and social media handles at a 2018 cheerleading contest.
Later, he asked for their nude photos and oral sex, despite knowing they were 13-year-old minors. He was arrested by the FBI days later. According to court documents, Jerry Harris engaged in sex with minors as young as 15 years of age. He also sought sexual relationships and asked for nude photographs from 10 to 15 underage people.