Netflix 'Cheer' cast member won't face sexual assault charge in court


A grand jury has declined to indict Mitchell Ryan, a cast member of the popular docuseries “Cheer” who in February was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to the Dallas County district attorney’s office.  

Ryan, a former member of the Navarro College cheer team featured on the Netflix show, was arrested in February after a cheerleader told authorities Ryan had invited her to his apartment to practice cheer stunts — when she was 15 and he was 23 — then forcibly assaulted her, according to the teen’s mother. Ryan’s attorney, Jeremy Rosenthal, in a statement said he sought to clear Ryan’s name in court by sharing “lengthy personal, private, and precise details with the authorities.”

“Mitch will now go about the business of putting his life back together,” he said.

A grand jury has declined to indict Mitchell Ryan, a cast member of the popular docuseries "Cheer", who in February was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Shannon Huckaba, the Texas mother whose now 16-year-old daughter accused Ryan of abuse, said her daughter was devastated by the grand jury’s Friday decision, calling the weekend “pure hell.” The decision, first reported by the Dallas Morning News, means the grand jury did not believe there was enough evidence to prosecute the case against Ryan. Huckaba said she is seeking other options for legal recourse.   

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