Jerry Harris, former star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” could spend several decades in jail as he has pleaded guilty to federal charges of receiving child pornography and soliciting sex from minors.

On Thursday, the 22-year-old pleaded guilty to one count of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct and one count of receiving child pornography. He is accused for persuading a 17-year-old to send him sexually explicit photographs for money and also of taking a trip to Florida for the purpose of “engaging in illicit sexual conduct” with a 15-year-old. 

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The child pornography charge carries a sentence ranging from five to 20 years and the second charge carries a maximum sentence of 30 years. Harris is scheduled to be sentenced June 28. He remains in custody at a federal detention facility.

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Born in Chicago suburb of Naperville, Harris was taken into custody in September 2020 on a charge of production of child pornography. Prosecutors alleged at the time that he solicited videos and images from two 14-year-old brothers. Harris admitted to asking a minor teen for pornographic videos and images several times between December 2018 and March 2020. Following this, he was indicted on more charges alleging misconduct in Illinois, Florida and Texas. 

Harris later admitted to FBI agents to asking a teenage boy to send him lewd photographs of himself, and to requesting child pornography on Snapchat from at least 10 others he knew to be minors.

“Cheer” was a huge success when it was released in January 2020. Harris soon gained popularity for his upbeat attitude and his encouraging “mat talk.” He went on to interview celebrities on the red carpet at the Academy Awards for “The Ellen DeGeneres Show.”