Judge who freed Sandusky volunteered for his nonprofit

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The judge who freed former Penn State defensive coach Jerry Sandusky on bail has done volunteer work for The Second Mile.

District Judge Leslie Dutchcot set $100,000 unsecured bond for Mr. Sandusky at an arraignment on Nov. 5. The state attorney general's office, which has charged Mr. Sandusky with 40 counts of sex abuse involving eight children, had sought bond of $500,000 and electronic monitoring.

Unsecured bond meant that Mr. Sandusky did not have to post any money for his release. He pays only if he fails to make required court appearances.

A profile of Judge Dutchcot on the website of the State College law firm Goodall & Yurchak says she volunteers for The Second Mile, a nonprofit organization for troubled youth that Mr. Sandusky founded in 1977. Prosecutors allege that Mr. Sandusky used the organization to make contact with the children he allegedly victimized.

An aide to Judge Dutchcot, reached by telephone, said the judge would make no statement today about the matter and referred calls to the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. An official there had no immediate comment.

Jon Schmitz: jschmitz@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1868.


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