Ex-Penn State assistant coach held in jail in sex abuse case
December 8, 2011 3:00 PM
Andy Colwell/The Patriot-News
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the office of Centre County District Justice Daniel A. Hoffman on Wednesday under escort by Pennsylvania State Police and Attorney General's Office officials in Bellefonte, Pa. Mr. Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on new child sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who claims Mr. Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom, according to authorities.
By Jon Schmitz and Ron Musselman Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- A young man has told a grand jury that he screamed for help from the basement of Jerry Sandusky's home as Mr. Sandusky tried to force him into a sex act.
He said he did so because he knew Mr. Sandusky's wife was upstairs.
No one came to help.
The allegation was contained in a new grand jury presentment made public Wednesday as Mr. Sandusky, 67, a former Penn State University assistant football coach, was charged with 12 additional counts of sexually abusing children who participated in a youth program he founded.
State Attorney General Linda Kelly announced the new criminal charges stemming from the allegations of young men the grand jury identified as Victim 9 and Victim 10.
"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims, beginning with outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults," Ms. Kelly said.
Mr. Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 with sexually abusing eight children who were part of The Second Mile program, which he founded in 1977 ostensibly to help troubled youth. He has denied those charges.
Mr. Sandusky now faces 52 criminal counts of abuse. Dressed in a Penn State sweat suit and looking haggard, he was arraigned Wednesday on the new charges by Senior District Judge Robert E. Scott, who ordered him held on $250,000 straight cash bond. He was being held in the Centre County Correctional Facility, said Nils Frederiksen, spokesman for Ms. Kelly. Judge Scott of Westmoreland County has been assigned to preside over the preliminary hearing.
If Mr. Sandusky is able to post bond and get out of jail, he will be subject to house arrest with electronic monitoring. Judge Scott also ordered him to have no contact with victims or witnesses and no unsupervised contact with minors.
Mr. Sandusky did not speak during the arraignment, but after being charged, he leaned over to his attorney, Joseph Amendola, and said, "Are we going to talk about this?"
Prosecutors had sought to have Mr. Sandusky's bond set at $1 million, but Mr. Amendola argued for a lower amount. He said Mr. Sandusky was not a flight risk and said he was subjected to heavy media coverage and confined to his home.
According to the grand jury, Victim 9 participated in The Second Mile programs from 2004 to 2008 and was 11 or 12 when he first met Mr. Sandusky, who took a liking to him, asked for his phone number and called the boy's mother to arrange to spend more time with him.
Mr. Sandusky "took Victim 9 to numerous Penn State University football games. Over time, he also gave Victim 9 a number of gifts and even provided him with money. Eventually, Sandusky would also go directly to Victim 9's school and pick him up on Friday afternoons." The boy spent nights at the Sandusky home.
The presentment said that during overnight stays at Mr. Sandusky's home, behavior such as hugging, rubbing, cuddling and tickling -- initially viewed by the young man as acts of affection -- escalated to sexual assaults.
"Victim 9 described a pattern of sexual assaults by Sandusky over a period of years," many in the coach's residence, and told authorities that Mr. Sandusky forced him to perform sex acts "on numerous occasions," the presentment said.
"The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him," it said.
Additional sex acts were allegedly performed in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi of a hotel in the State College area, when no one else was around.
According to the presentment, Mr. Sandusky told Victim 9 that he loved and cared for him and urged him to keep their activities secret.
Victim 10 was referred to The Second Mile by a counselor in 1997, when he was 10 years old, because of problems in his home life, the grand jury said.
Mr. Sandusky approached the boy during a camp and made arrangements to take the boy to several Penn State football games. The boy would play football before the games at Holuba Hall on the Penn State campus, attend "tailgate parties" and spend time later at the Sandusky home.
He said Mr. Sandusky would wrestle with him, but on one occasion pulled his gym shorts down and performed a sex act. "The boy was startled by the act," which was repeated "on several subsequent occasions," the grand jury said.
The accuser said Mr. Sandusky also assaulted him in an outdoor swimming pool on the Penn State campus. He eventually told his foster mother he did not want to spend any more time with Mr. Sandusky after the suspect allegedly opened his pants while driving and asked the young man to perform a sex act, according to the presentment.
Mr. Sandusky was charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, first-degree felonies that each are punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 fines; one count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children, third-degree felonies each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines; and one count of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors, first-degree misdemeanors each punishable by up to five years in prison and $10,000 fines.
He was arrested by agents from the attorney general's office and Pennsylvania State Police at his home and led away in handcuffs.
He faces a preliminary hearing Tuesday in Centre County Common Pleas Court. Mr. Amendola said he did not expect a delay in next week's hearing as a result of the new charges.
"We always anticipated this," Mr. Amendola said. "It's disappointing. I doubt very much whether they will grant a continuance for us."
Ms. Kelly said the investigation continues and asked that any information or leads be directed to the attorney general's office and state police. Potential victims or others with information were asked to contact investigators from the attorney general's office at 1-814-863-1053 or state police at 1-814-470-2238.