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Jerry Harris, star of Netflix's 'Cheer,' appears in federal court on child pornography charges

CHICAGO - Chicago-area native Jerry Harris rocketed to fame earlier this year as the breakout star of the Netflix docuseries "Cheer," parlaying his contagious exuberance into talk show appearances, an Oscars gig and more than a million Instagram followers.

But the young star's image was shattered Thursday when FBI agents arrested him on child pornography charges, alleging he repeatedly coerced minor victims to send him obscene photos and videos of themselves and solicited sex from boys as young as 13 at cheerleading competitions.

Harris, 21, of Naperville, Illinois, was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of production of child pornography, which carries a minimum

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