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Two male cheerleaders linked to Netflix's "Cheer" have been arrested on charges of sexual misconduct with minors.
Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., 25, and Mitchell Ryan, 23, were both arrested on Wednesday.
Scianna, a choreographer and cheer coach, was arrested in Virginia, and charged with felony taking indecent liberties with a child and using an electronic communication device to solicit sex, the Chesterfield County Police Department said, according to WRIC-TV.
Scianna allegedly solicited sex from a minor on social media. He is being held in the Chesterfield County Jail without bond, WRIC reports.
Ryan, a college cheerleader, was arrested in Texas, and charged with felony aggravated sexual assault of a child related to a July incident, according to the Dallas County Sheriff's Department.
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The arrests come after "Cheer" star Jerry Harris was charged with multiple counts of federal child pornography and sex crimes in September.
Harris and Ryan were on the Navarro College cheer team, which was featured on the reality TV series, but Ryan did not appear on the show, People reports.
Ryan posted his $50,000 bond and was released Friday morning, according to People magazine.
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Jerry Harris, one of the stars of Netflix's "Cheer" is under investigation by the FBI for allegedly soliciting sex from minors.
FBI agents executed a search warrant at Harris' Naperville, Illinois home on Sept. 14, USA Today reported.
The criminal investigation is based on allegations from twin brothers who described a pattern of harassment by Harris, 22.
In interviews with USA Today, the boys say Harris solicited nude photos from them. The harassment started when they were 13 and Harris was 19.
The boys met Harris at cheerleading competitions and the harassment continued for more than a year.
Harris is accused of asking one of the brothers to perform an inappropriate act in 2019 at two Varsity cheerleading competitions.
The allegations were reported to police by Varsity Brands, a private company that handles uniform sales to major competitions and dominates the cheerleading industry.
"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," wrote Varsity's Chief Legal Officer Burton Brillhart in letters to police in Florida and Texas.
Two screenshots were included in the letter, with one Snapchat screenshot message that read: "Would you ever want to ****."
Another screenshot of a series of text messages starting on May 3, 2019: "Hey btw I found a place for us to do stuff it's actually pretty good haha".
Harris has not been charged with any crimes. The federal investigation is ongoing.
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A Florida high school cheerleader was arrested after she allegedly hired two hitmen to kill her parents, the Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.
Alyssa Michelle Hatcher, 17, was arrested on September 9 and booked into the Lake County Jail where she was "processed and turned over to the Department of Juvenile Justice."
Hatcher's mother and stepfather, Tammy Hatcher-Scheller and Michael Scheller, were unharmed. Michael Scheller is a police lieutenant with the Clermont Police Department.
A resource officer at Hatcher's high school learned of the plot to kill Hatcher's parents from another student.
The teenager told the officer that Hatcher paid a friend "a lot of money" to kill her parents.
Police spoke to Hatcher's boyfriend who confirmed the murder-for-hire plot. Hatcher reportedly paid two men over $1,400 that she stole using her parents' debit card.
She used $100 of the stolen money to buy cocaine, according to an arrest affidavit filed by Lake County Sheriff's Office Detective David Causey.
Causey said Hatcher used her parents' debit card to make two separate withdrawals from a bank ATM.
The day her parents were to be murdered, Hatcher was spotted at a drug trap house where she paid the two men to carry out the murder.
According to Causey, Hatcher admitted to paying one person $503 and a second person $926.40 after asking both men to kill her parents.
"The parents are good people, outstanding citizens. This was just somebody, who for whatever reason, just didn’t want her parents around," Lake County Sheriff's Sergeant Fred Jones told WFTV.
It's not clear if more arrests are expected.
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