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2 More Athletes With Connections To 'Cheer' TV Series Accused Of Sexual Misconduct With Minors
Robert Joseph Scianna Jr. and Mitchell Ryan now join Jerry Harris in the growing list of cheerleaders with a connection to Netflix's "Cheer" who are accused of sexual misconduct with minors.
Two more cheerleaders with connections to the Netflix docuseries “Cheer” have been arrested on charges involving sexual misconduct with minors.
Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., 25, and Mitchell Ryan, 23, were both arrested last week in separate incidents that have some resemblance to last year's case involving "Cheer" star Jerry Harris.
Ryan was arrested in Texas on Thursday and charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor for a July 2020 incident, a spokesperson for the Dallas County Sheriff's Department told Oxygen.com. He posted a $50,000 bond the next day. His lawyer told Oxygen.com via a statement that he looks “forward to Dallas County hearing the truth and this case being over."
On Wednesday, Scianna was arrested in Virginia and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and use of an electronic communication device to solicit sex, according to a press release from the Chesterfield County Police.
“The investigation indicates that Scianna met a juvenile male through a social media platform and arranged to meet the juvenile for sex,” the department wrote in their press release, which was obtained by Oxygen.com. He is being held without bond. It’s not clear if he has a lawyer.
Ryan was on the Navarro College cheer team that was featured in “Cheer.” It does not appear that he was ever in the show. Scianna appeared in one episode of the show.
Harris, one of the breakout stars of the docuseries, was charged with federal child pornography charges in 2020 following shocking allegations that he solicited sex from minors at cheerleading competitions and convinced teenage boys to send him obscene photographs and videos of themselves. The 21-year-old denied the allegations and pleaded not guilty in December to numerous charges of soliciting sex from minors.