Two More From Netflix’s “Cheer” Have Been Charged With Sexual Misconduct Involving Minors


The cheer world has been rocked by abuse allegations once again.

Just five months after Netflix’s Cheer star Jerry Harris was accused of soliciting explicit photos from minors, two more men featured in the Netflix documentary have been arrested on charges related to sexual misconduct against a minor.

Former Navarro College cheerleader Mitchell Ryan, 23, was arrested on Thursday in Texas and charged with aggravated sexual assault against a child, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department.

Meanwhile, Robert Joseph Scianna, Jr., a 25-year-old cheer coach and choreographer, was also arrested on Wednesday in Virginia and charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and use of an electronic communication device to solicit sex, Chesterfield County Police say. While Ryan posted a $50,000 bond and was released on Friday, Scianna, who appeared in Cheer as a model taking part in a photoshoot for Rebel Athletic, is being held without bond.

Scianna could not be reached for comment. Ryan’s attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal, had no comment, but told USA Today that “This has been a nightmare for Mitch and his family. We look forward to Dallas County hearing the truth and this case being over.”  He also told CNN, “There are two sides to every story and we are confident Mitch’s name will be cleared.”

In response to the arrests, the U.S. All Star Federation, cheerleading’s governing body, placed Ryan and Scianna on banned lists, according to a statement released on Friday. “The USASF is outraged at the reports of sexual misconduct that led to today’s events,” it said. “There is no place in our sport for anyone who uses their authority or celebrity to take advantage of others.”

According to the statement, the organization had no prior knowledge of Scianna’s alleged conduct, and while it was made aware of a complaint made against Ryan in October, “we immediately ensured that it had been reported to law enforcement.” The organization also launched an investigation of their own.

Ryan was a member of the Navarro College cheerleading squad, appearing in a 2018-19 Navarro College cheer team photo as well as the Navarro College cheer 2019-20 roster in a web archive dated March 2020. He is no longer listed on the team’s website. Navarro College representatives called the allegations “serious,” but would not comment on an ongoing investigation. They noted that Ryan has not been on campus since March 2020, months before the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department says the alleged assault occurred.

Scianna’s Instagram profile says he is a choreographer, model, and cheer coach. As shown in Netflix’s Cheer, Scianna has posed in photoshoots for the apparel brand Rebel Athletic. In a statement on Facebook, Rebel said it “unequivocally condemns any solicitation or abuse of minors,” and announced that it has severed all ties with him.

Some of Scianna’s over 200,000 Instagram followers have also responded to the news in comments on his latest post. “I really looked up to u. i just simply cannot comprehend it,” one follower wrote. “He’s been one of my biggest inspirations for a while now and it’s all gone,” wrote another.

The two arrests come on the heels of Cheer star Jerry Harris’s arrest in September. Harris, who achieved minor celebrity through the documentary, has pleaded not guilty to charges which include sexual exploitation of children.

Netflix did not respond to a request for comment on Ryan and Scianna’s arrests, but said in a statement in response to Harris’s arrest that “Any abuse of minors is a terrible crime and we respect the legal process.”



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