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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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Popular TikTok user Zoe Laverne, 19, has apologized for kissing a 13-year-old boy named Connor. She insists she is not part of the left's campaign to normalize pedophilia on social media.
Fans grew concerned about the nature of close Zoe's relationship with Connor - also a TikTok personality - after she split from her ex, Cody Orlove.
Cody later insisted he left Zoe "because of her interactions with Connor," which, "got very intense and it's something I do not stand by what so ever. It's pedophilia."
Days later, a video of Zoe and Connor kissing surfaced online, prompting Zoe to release a video apology in which she says she, "didn't groom Connor, I wouldn't do that".
"He's a kid and I'm aware of that. It just happened," says Zoe. "We both were in a dark place when we first became friends and we both just ended up catching feelings for each other. And friends do that, they catch feelings for each other. That's not a bad thing."
According to London's DailyMail.com, Connor, who uses the TikTok handle @cxnnorjoyce, addressed the controversy in his own posts to social media, insisting Zoe "did not rape" him.
Omaha police have arrested a public school employee after he confessed to killing a convicted pedophile in an anonymous email to the news media.
Police arrested James Fairbanks, 43, and charged him with criminal homicide in the death of Mattieo Conduluci (right), whose body was found near 43rd and Pinkney late Saturday night,
The email sent by "Stop Predators," said "I killed Mattieo Conduluci Thursday May 14th."
According to KETV, the anonymous sender said he was looking for an apartment in the area when he discovered Condoluci's name was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry. He described Condoluci standing in his driveway pretending to wash his truck while staring at a group of children playing in the street.
Conduluci was previously convicted of raping a child and served less than 3 years in prison. He was released for good behavior.
"Having had my own experience with these type of predators I knw [sic] the damage he would do to those kids," Fairbanks wrote in the email. "I've worked with kids for years who have been victimized and I couldnt [sic] in good conscience allow him to do it to anyone else while I had the means to stop him."
He added: "I know in this messed up judicial system that means I will face far more severe punishment for stopping him then he did for raping KIDS."
There have been calls from the public to raise money for legal defense for Fairbanks, who worked as a school corrections officer.
His wife, Kelly Tamayo, said Fairbanks probably killed Conduluci because he, "like all parents, was disgusted with that man's actions and wished justice."
She described her husband as "a protector who cared for some of the most vulnerable and victimized children."
She said "Developmental Services of Nebraska had to create a special award for him because he never had to restrain kids and was always able to verbally de-escalate them. Many of them were victims of sexual abuse."
Omaha Public Schools confirmed Fairbanks worked at Morton Middle School from 2016 to 2018 and most recently worked for the middle school alternative program.
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