“Cheer” star Jerry Harris getting a dozen years behind bars in his child pornography case wasn’t a reason for joy in the household of two of his accusers … so says their own mother.
Twin brothers Charlie and Sam are among the victims who accused Jerry of soliciting nudes and sex from minors, and their mom, Kristen said in a lengthy statement she’s still heartbroken and angry despite his prison sentence.
Kristen says every aspect of Jerry’s case is tragic, and she’s not feeling a sense of justice just yet … because she wants to see the folks who run big-time cheerleading take steps to prevent other minors from being abused.
As we reported … Jerry was sentenced Wednesday to 12 years in prison, appearing in court and telling his victims, “I am ashamed as I know that I took advantage of your youth and weakness. I was wrong and selfish. I caused you harm and I do not blame anyone. I regret my decisions and I am deeply sorry.”
Remember … the Netflix star had been under FBI investigation since 2019, with the feds claiming he was soliciting sex from minors at cheerleading competitions, as well as coercing teen boys to send him sexually explicit photos.
Harris was arrested in September 2020, with the second season of “Cheer” diving into his arrest and sharing the story of his twin accusers.
Charlie claims he was only 13 when a 19-year-old Harris sent him a direct message on Instagram, asking his age and wondering if he would send him nudes. Charlie says he felt pressured to send the pics because he looked up to Jerry as a male cheerleader.
From there, Charlie claims he continued communicating with Harris until they met at a cheer competition, where Harris allegedly assaulted him.
Sam claims Harris started contacting him after allegedly assaulting his twin, and their mom says she started looking into their relationship after finding some of their communications.
The twins provided emotional victim impact statements, which were read at Harris’ sentencing, with Sam telling Harris, “You were consuming our innocence and didn’t care at all about how you were hurting us, but all we could think about was how to avoid hurting you or messing up your life!”