On the heels of celeb cheerleader Jerry Harris’ arrest on little one pornography costs, his former coach, Monica Aldama, stated she is “devastated” however that “our kids have to be shielded from abuse and exploitation.”
U.S. officers on Thursday arrested Harris, recognized for his bubbly demeanor as a forged member on the Netflix collection “Cheer,” on federal costs of soliciting a 13-year-old boy for intercourse at a cheer competitors. Harris additionally requested youngsters to ship him sexually specific pictures and movies, the legal grievance stated.
“My coronary heart is shattered into 1,000,000 items. I’m devastated by this stunning, sudden information,” Aldama stated on Instagram Friday. “Our youngsters have to be shielded from abuse and exploitation, and I’m praying exhausting for the victims and everybody affected. Please respect our privateness as our household mourns throughout this heartbreaking time.”
Aldama coaches the Navarro Faculty Bulldogs cheer crew and likewise seems as a contestant on the present season of “Dancing With the Stars.”
Netflix echoed her feedback. “Like everybody we’re shocked by this information. Any abuse of minors is a horrible crime, and we respect the authorized course of,” the streaming service stated in an announcement despatched to Selection.
Harris’ arrest got here three days after teenage twins filed a lawsuit alleging Harris “despatched them sexually specific pictures of himself and cornered one among them in a toilet and begged for oral intercourse,” The Related Press reported.
Harris admitted that he requested one of many teenagers on Snapchat to ship him images and movies of his genitals and buttocks and repeated that request for greater than a 12 months, the legal grievance stated.
Earlier than the costs have been filed, Harris denied the allegations in opposition to him by way of a spokesperson. “We categorically dispute the claims made in opposition to Jerry Harris, that are alleged to have occurred when he was a teen,” the spokesperson instructed CNN. “We’re assured that when the investigation is accomplished the true info shall be revealed.”
PoliFonics reached out to Harris’ representatives for touch upon the costs.