Two Cheerleaders In Netflix's "Cheer" Have Been Charged With Sex Crimes Involving Minors

Robert Joseph Scianna Jr. and Mitchell Ryan were separately arrested and charged this week.

Robert Joseph Scianna Jr., 25, and Mitchell Ryan, 23, two cheerleaders who appeared in the Netflix docuseries Cheer, have separately been charged with alleged offenses relating to sexual misconduct with minors this week.

Ryan, a member of the Navarro College cheerleading team that was the focus of the Netflix series, was arrested in Texas on Wednesday. He was charged with aggravated sexual assault against a minor over an incident that allegedly took place in July 2020, the Dallas County Sheriff's Department told BuzzFeed News.

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His lawyer, Jeremy Rosenthal, did not respond to BuzzFeed News' request for comment, but Rosenthal told USA Today, "This has been a nightmare for Mitch and his family. We look forward to Dallas County hearing the truth and this case being over."

Ryan posted bond Friday morning and was released, the Sheriff's Department said.

Scianna, whose website says that he is an NCA champion and a two-time world champion, was arrested Wednesday by Chesterfield County police in Virginia, USA Today reported.

He has been charged with indecent liberties with a minor and using a communication system to solicit sex, a spokesperson for the Chesterfield County Jail confirmed to BuzzFeed News.

Police said that Scianna arranged a meeting to have sex with a juvenile he'd met on social media, USA Today reported.

Scianna did not respond to a request for comment.

The US All Star Federation (USASF), a network of youth athletes in cheerleading, said in a statement Friday that it is "outraged by the reports of sexual misconduct."

The organization also said that it did not know about the allegations of sexual misconduct against Scianna prior to his arrest.

The USASF, however, said that it became aware of the allegations against Ryan after receiving a complaint in late October and "immediately ensured that it had been reported to law enforcement and later began an investigation of [its] own, which was ongoing when he was arrested."

The organization told BuzzFeed News that Scianna and Ryan have been placed on the "Unified Ineligibility List."

The charges against the two cheerleaders involved in the Netflix docuseries come after Jerry Harris, a star of the show, was hit with additional child pornography charges in December.

Harris had been arrested in September on suspicion of producing child pornography, and prosecutors later alleged in a pretrial detention hearing that he may have victimized at least 10 boys.

In a statement to ABC News at the time of his arrest, a spokesperson for Harris said that they "categorically dispute" the allegations against him. However, the initial criminal complaint filed against him stated that he admitted to investigators that he had sex with a minor at a cheer competition in 2019.


The lead image in this story was updated to a promotional image from Cheer. A previous image featured a different school featured in the same documentary.

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