The Netflix docuseriesCheer first came out in January 2020, right before the pandemic fucked us all the way up. Seeing the Navarro College cheer kids twerk themselves to the bone to “make mat” and “get to Daytona [National Cheer Competition]” while coach Monica Aldama looked on, totally emotionless and dead-behind-the-eyes, was inspiring–especially as we were stuck in our homes Clorox wiping our groceries or, for an exciting change, making sourdough bread starters. One Navarro cheerleader who really stood out and gained notoriety was Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris. He presented himself as a big, fuzzy teddy bear with a positive attitude and would give “mat talks” to inspire his teammates through tough times. But, he had some demons lurking under his seemingly innocent façade. As it turns out, the FBI started investigating him in late 2019 for possessing child sex abuse materials; he was soliciting obscene pics and videos, and even making plans to engage in sex with teenage boys at cheer competitions. Yesterday, Jerry was found guilty and has just been sentenced to 12 years behind bars for his crimes.
July 7, 2022 / Posted by: Dominique