Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach at Penn State University accused of sexually abusing eight children, was arrested and charged with additional crimes against two more boys.
The latest charges stem from allegations from two accusers, identified as Victim 9 and Victim 10. Sandusky allegedly targeted them when they were children, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said today in an e-mailed statement.
“Today’s criminal charges were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury, based on evidence and testimony that was received following the initial arrest of Sandusky,” Kelly said.
Sandusky, 67, was arrested today and arraigned on the new charges. He was unable to post $250,000 cash bail and was being transported to the Centre County Correctional Facility in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania, for processing, Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for Kelly, said in an e-mail. If he posts bail, he will be subject to electronic monitoring and house arrest.
Sandusky was charged by state prosecutors on Nov. 5 with 40 counts related to alleged molestation of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. According to a grand jury report, he allegedly used a charity he founded in 1977 to find his victims. He has denied any wrongdoing and had been free on $100,000 unsecured bail. He’s scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing next week.
Four New Counts
Sandusky was charged with four new counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies punishable by as long as 20 years in prison, Kelly said in today’s statement.
Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, didn’t immediately reply to phone and e-mail messages seeking comment on the new charges.
The new cases fit Sandusky’s pattern of “grooming victims,” Kelly said.
“Beginning with outings to football games and gifts, they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults,” Kelly said.
Victim 9, now 18, met Sandusky when he was about 11 or 12 years old in 2004 while participating in a summer camp organized by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, Kelly said. Sandusky allegedly approached the boy and expressed an interest in spending more time with him. He allegedly took him to Penn State football games and gave him gifts and money.
During overnight stays at Sandusky’s house, hugging and tickling escalated to sexual assaults, according to a new grand jury report. Many of the assaults occurred in the basement bedroom of Sandusky’s home, the report said. Sandusky allegedly attempted to engage in anal penetration of Victim 9 on at least 16 occasions and at times did penetrate him, the report said. The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help knowing Sandusky’s wife was upstairs and no one came, according to the report.
Additional sex acts were allegedly performed in the swimming pool and whirlpool bath of a hotel in State College at times when the pool wasn’t occupied, according to the report. Victim 9 contacted Pennsylvania State Police after Sandusky was arrested last month.
Victim 10 told the grand jury that he became involved with Second Mile in 1997 at age 10. Sandusky allegedly took the boy to several Penn State football games, where he would attend tailgate parties prior to the game, and also spent time at Sandusky’s house.
Victim 10 said that while he never stayed the night at the Sanduskys’, he spent most of his time in the basement when he was there, according to the report. Sandusky allegedly performed oral sex on the boy during wrestling sessions and on one occasion in a car exposed himself and requested oral sex from the boy, according to the grand jury report.
Frederiksen, the attorney general’s spokesman, declined to comment on whether all 10 alleged victims will testify at the preliminary hearing.
Sandusky was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims or witnesses and no unsupervised contact with minors, Frederiksen said.
Second Mile announced today that it “has lost significant financial support” and is cutting jobs “to put the organization in a better position to preserve programs.”
Eric Herman, a spokesman for the charity, said it has 20 full-time staff members. He declined to say how many are being fired. A statement on the Second Mile website said some employees were told today that their employment will end “over the next several months.”
The charity has said it’s exploring whether to restructure the organization and keep its programs, maintain the programs by transferring them to other organizations or to fold.
“We at The Second Mile are saddened by the need to make these cutbacks,” the group said in the statement. “However, our foremost concerns reside with the victims of the horrific abuse reported by the attorney general and with the children we serve.”
Penn State Athletics Director Timothy Curley, 57, and former vice president Gary Schultz, 62, who oversaw the university police, have been charged with perjury and failure to report allegations of sex assault against Sandusky. Lawyers for Curley and Schultz have said they’ll challenge the charges.
Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier were fired last month after the release of the first grand jury report, which said school officials were aware of Sandusky’s conduct as early as 1998. Spanier and Paterno haven’t been accused of criminal wrongdoing.
The case is Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Sandusky, MJ- 49201-cr-0000636-2011, Magisterial District Court 49-2-01, Centre County (State College).
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