Sandusky faces two new charges in the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal

By Jon Campisi | Dec 7, 2011

The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the state police have lodged additional charges against Jerry Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach who stands accused of sexually abusing young boys over the period of a decade.

The new criminal charges brings to 10 the number of children Sandusky is accused of having molested.

The two new counts were announced Wednesday by the office of Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly.

“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 on November 5th,” Kelly said in a statement.

According to WPVI Channel 6 Action News in Philadelphia, Sandusky was sent to county jail after being  unable to post $250,000 cash bail. The station also reported that Sandusky was ordered to have electronic monitoring.

The latest criminal charges come following grand jury testimony from two additional young men, identified as Victim 9 and Victim 10. The two were allegedly molested by Sandusky when they were very young, as was the case with the other alleged victims.

Sandusky is accused of sexually assaulting Victim 9 after he first met the boy when the youngster was about 11 or 12 years old in 2004, according to the grand jury presentment.

Like the other alleged victims in the sex-abuse scandal, Sandusky met the latest two alleged victims at The Second Mile, a youth organization Sandusky founded in 1977.

It was here that Sandusky allegedly developed relationships with the young boys that eventually escalated into full-blown sexual assault.

“As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of ‘grooming’ victims,’” Kelly said in her statement. “Beginning with outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults.”

Sandusky allegedly took Victim 9 to Penn State football games and showered him with gifts and money, according to the attorney general.

The grand jury later determined that Sandusky would engage in behavior such as “hugging, rubbing, cuddling and tickling” with the boy, and that that behavior eventually escalated to sex assaults.

According to the grand jury presentment, Sandusky told Victim 9 that he loved and cared for him and urged him to keep their activities secret between them.

Sandusky allegedly met Victim 10 in 1997 when the boy was about 10, according to the grand jury. The two developed a closeness, which included “wrestling” sessions in the basement of Sandusky’s home and eventually escalated to incidents where Sandusky performed oral sex on the boy, the grand jury report states. Sandusky also allegedly requested that the boy perform oral sex on Sandusky.

The new charges include four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.

Sandusky also faces one count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children, all third-degree felonies which are each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines, according to the attorney general’s office.

Additionally, Sandusky faces two counts of corruption of minors, a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

Sandusky was re-arrested Wednesday by officials with the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the Pennsylvania State Police. He was arraigned before Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott in Centre County, Pa.

Scott, of Westmoreland County, has been assigned by the state Supreme Court to handle the Sandusky case after the recusal of the entire Centre County bench.

The Penn State child sex-abuse scandal first unfolded early last month with Sandusky’s initial arrest following a 40-count grand jury presentment that charged the former football defensive coordinator with molesting eight boys.

The scandal also took down former Penn State President Graham Spanier and longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, who were both fired in the wake of the scandal.

Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and the school’s athletic director, Tim Curley, who has since been put on administrative leave, also face criminal charges along with Sandusky.

The two are accused of perjury and failure to report sex abuse allegations.

All three face upcoming preliminary hearings.

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