“We categorically dispute the claims made against Jerry Harris, which are alleged to have occurred when he was a teenager,” a rep for the Navarro College cheerleader told Variety in a statement. “We are confident that when the investigation is completed the true facts will be revealed.”
A search warrant was issued to search a house in Naperville, Illinois, according to USA TODAY. Sources told the newspaper that Jerry, 21, allegedly “solicited sexually explicit photos and sex from minors.” They reported that the investigation came after allegations from two 14-year-old twin cheerleaders who claimed Jerry harassed them “for more than a year.”
“The FBI is conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity in the area,” FBI Special Agent Siobhan Johnson told USA TODAY.
Varsity Brands — a cheerleading apparel and equipment company — reported the allegations against Jerry to the police. In letters obtained by the publication, Varsity Brand’s Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart said they learned about “inappropriate sexual conduct” allegations against Jerry, who was named as a former employee of the company.
“As a result of the recent allegation, we have barred this person from having any affiliation with Varsity Brands or any of its subsidiaries or affiliates, now and in the future,” the letter, dated August 1, read.
A Varsity Brands spokesperson said the company “can’t comment on an active law enforcement investigation; we continue to cooperate with authorities in their inquiries on this matter,” in a statement to USA TODAY.
Jerry rose to fame alongside other members of the Navarro College Bulldogs cheer team in Corsicana, Texas following the release of the Netflix docuseries Cheer in January. As per USA TODAY‘s report, Jerry has not been criminally charged.
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