The attorney for former Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said on Wednesday that authorities are investigating claims that his client sexually abused at least one additional child, who is a relative.
Joseph Amendola, in a series of emails written on Wednesday afternoon, said he was made aware of the allegations involving a family member by a police officer involved in the case.
"The allegations are ridiculous and unfounded," Mr. Amendola wrote. "Jerry has absolutely denied any inappropriate contact. It's important to keep in mind these allegations were made after the [attorney general] filed charges against Jerry even though the alleged incident(s) took place before the AG's charges were filed."
Mr. Amendola said the allegations are being raised in the midst of a nasty divorce and custody proceeding. The Post-Gazette will not name the parents involved in the dispute to protect the identity of the child.
Centre County Children and Youth Services is investigating the new claim, which could involve two children, Mr. Amendola said.
Mr. Sandusky was charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of children dating back to 1998 in a grand jury presentment returned on Nov. 4. Since that time, the longtime Penn State coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for disadvantaged children has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing.
The allegations, mostly raised by now-adult males, include that Mr. Sandusky gave the boys gifts, took them on trips and earned their trust as a mentor through The Second Mile. The presentment includes details that Mr. Sandusky, 67, sodomized at least one boy and performed oral sex on others.
Although claims were made against Mr. Sandusky in 1998 that he inappropriately showered with a Centre County boy, that case was never prosecuted. In 2002, a graduate assistant with the Penn State football team allegedly saw Mr. Sandusky sodomizing a boy, about 10 years old, in the shower of the team's facility. Although the assistant reported the information to then-head coach Joe Paterno, it appears from the grand jury presentment that the police never investigated at the time.
Then in late 2008, a Clinton County boy reported to his school and mother that Mr. Sandusky, who had been a volunteer coach with the Central Mountain High School football team, had sexually assaulted him. That complaint is what launched the current investigation.
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