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2 males who appeared on Netflix’s ‘Cheer’ accused of separate intercourse crimes involving minors

By Rebekah Riess, Chris Boyette and Hollie Silverman, CNN

(CNN) – Two men who appeared on the Netflix documentaries “Cheer” were arrested and charged on separate counts of sex crimes involving minors.

The arrests of Mitchell Ryan and Robert Joseph Scianna Wednesday came nearly five months after the Chicago federal prosecutor’s office accused “Cheer” star Jeremiah “Jerry” Harris of “tricking an underage boy into sexually explicit videos and photos of himself.” to produce”. He was later charged with additional charges.

The “Cheer” documentaries follow the cheerleading team at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas. The series was released on Netflix in January 2020.

Ryan, 23, was arrested by police in Coppell, Texas on July 24th for serious sexual assault on a child.

Details of the case were not immediately available. CNN has asked the police and prosecutors for additional information.

Ryan was booked on Thursday and released the next morning for a $ 50,000 bond.

“Mitch and his family were surprised by this arrest,” Ryan’s attorney Jeremy Rosenthal told CNN on Saturday. “Every story has two sides and we are confident that Mitch’s name will be cleared up.”

Ryan was on the Navarro College team on Cheer but is not on the current list.

Scianna, a two-time cheerleader for the world champion, was arrested in Virginia after requesting sex from a teenager online through a social media platform, according to Chesterfield County police in Virginia.

Scianna, 25, has been accused of indecent liberty with a child and used an electronic communication device to solicit sex, police said. He was dating a teenager he met through social media for sex, police said in a statement.

Police said he was being detained in Chesterfield County Jail, untethered.

CNN asked Scianna for comment. It was unclear if he had a lawyer.

Chesterfield County Police are still investigating and have asked anyone with information to contact them.

Scianna’s website states he is a National Cheerleaders Association champion, majors champion, and two-time world champion who has cheered numerous programs in the U.S. and traveled to more than 13 countries to train and choreograph routines.

Scianna appeared on an episode of “Cheer” in which he posed for a nightly photo shoot with another famous cheerleader, Gabi Butler.

In December, Harris was charged with new federal allegations of allegedly leading minors to engage in sexual activity, including being asked to send him sexually explicit photos or videos of himself, according to court documents.

A lawsuit filed by two prosecutors in September alleged that Harris “took advantage of his popularity and fame among young cheering male athletes” and often tried to get them to “meet Harris in remote locations at various competitions and engage in sexual conduct with these boys to ask. “

A Harris spokesman said in September: “We categorically deny claims against Jerry Harris, which allegedly appeared as a teenager.”

A Netflix spokesman said in a statement following the filing of the lawsuit: “Like everyone else, we are shocked by this news. Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect legal process.”

CNN has asked Netflix to comment on the recent arrests.

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