Sandusky abused 8 on PSU campus, prosecution claims

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State prosecutors claim that eight of the 10 victims allegedly abused by longtime football coach Jerry Sandusky were molested on the campus of Penn State University.

In a bill of particulars dated Feb. 21 but posted Thursday in Centre County Common Pleas Court, the Pennsylvania attorney general claims five boys were molested in the Lasch Football Building. Abuse also occurred in the East Area Locker Room, Holuba Hall, the university pool and in the dormitories, according to the filing.

The ages of the 10 boys ranged from 8 to 17, according to the paperwork. In some cases, however, Senior Deputy Attorney General Jonelle Eshbach wrote that the exact ages of the children at the time of the alleged conduct were unknown.

In addition, in those cases, she wrote that the exact dates and locations of the assaults were unknown, "because there were numerous offenses over the course of several years.

"The victim, a child at the time of the offenses, is unable to provide exact times and dates."

The bill of particulars is much less detailed than the first grand jury presentment that was filed in November and a second one filed about a month later.

Mr. Sandusky's defense attorney, Joseph Amendola, had requested the prosecution file a bill of particulars to provide him with a more detailed description of the charges.

On Friday, Mr. Amendola renewed his motion, saying that the bill of particulars submitted by the AG's office "is not sufficient to allow the defendant to prepare any defense of alibi, statute of limitations, double jeopardy or any other defense."

He asked for more detailed information on times, dates and days of the week of the alleged activity, as well as locations and the names of any other individuals who may have been present at the time.

University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff said that the detail level in the bill of particulars offered by the prosecution is minimal but that should be expected in a case involving allegations of child sexual abuse.

"Of course Sandusky is likely to complain that this response does not give him enough information to be able to defend properly," Mr. Burkoff said. "For example, he can't be expected to provide an alibi for every day in a four-year period. But, on the other hand, a child victim can't be expected to memorialize the date and time of an attack. How could he?"

Mr. Burkoff said courts are often tolerant of less specificity in these kinds of cases and expects that will be so with Mr. Sandusky's case, as well.

The attorney general's filing also alleges that six boys were molested at Mr. Sandusky's State College home.

Mr. Sandusky is accused of molesting one boy, identified as Victim No. 4 in the grand jury presentment, between 1996 and 2000 at a number of venues, including the former coach's home, on campus, at Toftrees Golf Resort, as well as on college football bowl trips to Florida and Texas in late 1998 and early 1999.


Paula Reed Ward: pward@post-gazette.com or 412-263-2620.


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