Former Penn State coach Sandusky is facing charges
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former longtime Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, known for his charitable work with at-risk children and for helping establish the school's Linebacker U reputation, is facing charges stemming from an investigation that he indecently assaulted a teenage boy, newspapers reported Friday.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg first reported that charges were filed against Sandusky, 67, and entered into the state court system's online docket. The charging papers, posted online by the newspaper, include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone under 16, aggravated indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 13, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.
The paperwork listed a total of 40 counts as being filed Friday in Centre County, with offenses dating to 1996. A state police trooper was listed as the arresting officer.
However, the entry apparently disappeared from the court system's online docket later Friday, and a state police spokeswoman couldn't explain why. Court officials in Centre County said they hadn't received the paperwork. The state attorney general's office, which led the investigation, declined to comment.
The attorney general's office had been investigating Sandusky since 2009. Through a lawyer, Sandusky has maintained that he is innocent. A telephone message left at the office of his lawyer Friday afternoon by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.
The allegations surfaced in 2009 while Sandusky was a volunteer assistant football coach at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County, the Patriot-News first reported in March. The incidents were alleged to have taken place in Centre County.
The Patriot-News also has reported that state police called witnesses to a May 1998 report by Penn State police detailing an earlier allegation of inappropriate contact against Sandusky by another boy. No charges were filed against Sandusky.
Sandusky retired more than a decade ago after 32 years coaching under coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the national title teams in 1982 and '86.
Sandusky also has been lauded for his work with The Second Mile, a charitable organization he founded in 1977 to help at-risk children. He retired from the charity's board last year, and executive vice president Katherine Genovese said then that he had been scaling back his duties in recent years so that he could spend more time with family and deal with his personal life.
The Second Mile released a statement Friday saying staff members were "shaken" by the announcement of charges. The Second Mile said the charges do not directly involve the organization or its programs.
First Published November 5, 2011 12:00 am