Though Charlie and Sam were initially hesitant to speak out, Kristin says, “As they had more and more distance from this relationship with Jerry and they were able to see more objectively what had happened to them and how it affected them, they became more and more clear about the fact that they had been victims.”
“One morning, I saw that Jerry was being recognized by President Biden and that’s when I pretty much lost it,” Charlie remembers. “I went up to my mom and was like, ‘I want to do something about this.'”
Kristin reported Jerry to the U.S. All Star Federation twice in 2020 but the organization allegedly never followed up. So, she additionally reported Jerry to the FBI in August, before reaching out to USA Today reporters Tricia Nadolny and Marisa Kwiatowski, who say they were investigating misconduct within the cheer community when they connected with Kristin.