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article imageJerry Sandusky hit with new round of child sex abuse charges

By Joan Firstenberg     Dec 7, 2011 in Crime
State College - Jerry Sandusky was slapped with a slew of new child sex abuse charges today, after two more victims told their stories of their relationships with the former coach to the grand jury. Sandusky will spend one night in jail, while his lawyer produces bail.
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and jailed today in the wake of new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who says Sandusky molested him countless times in a basement bedroom of the coach's home.
These new claims bring the number of Sandusky's alleged victims to 10. He now will face 50 charges connected to accusations he molested boys for years on Penn State property, in his home and elsewhere.
ABC News reports that Sandusky was removed from his home in handcuffs by state police, and taken before a judge in Centre County, Pa. for arraignment on the new charges. He was then transported to Centre County Correctional Facility where he was processed and he will stay there until his bail can be posted. ABC News reports that his attorney Joe Amendola is collecting the paperwork to post the $250-thousand by Thursday. Although the prosecutor asked for bail to be set at $1 million, the judge left it at the lower amount. But even if Sandusky's bail is posted, he will not be allowed to step foot onto Penn State property and will be monitored electronically.
CBS News reports that the new conditions ordered by Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott are dramatically different from the $100,000 unsecured bail Sandusky was granted last month by a local judge.
The new alleged victims said they came forward after hearing of the earlier allegations against Sandusky on Nov. 5. According to the state attorney general, both men met Sandusky through the Second Mile charity, were treated with trips to football games, and were abused by Sandusky in his home.
According to the new information presented to the Grand Jury, Victim 9, who is now 19 says he met Sandusky at a Second Mile swimming event when he was a boy of 11 or 12. Sandusky allegedly asked for his phone number, which he then used to ask the boy's mother if the two of them could spend more time together. Victim 9 says Sandusky proceeded to pick him up from school and take him to Sandusky's home for sleepovers.
Once at the Sandusky home, the boy said Sandusky forced him to stay in the basement at all times, and told not to leave, and even brought him his meals there. He testified that he had little contact with Dottie Sandusky, Jerry's wife, and that she never came to the basement. Sandusky allegedly sexually assaulted the boy in the basement bedroom many times, including forcible rape. On one occasion, the boy said he screamed for help, hoping Dottie Sandusky would hear him from upstairs, but she did not come downstairs, he said.
Victim 9 testified that Sandusky would also take him to a hotel in State College and assault him in the pool and jacuzzi there.
The other boy, Victim 10, identified in the new allegations, now in his mid-20s, says Sandusky met him through the Second Mile when he was 10 and invited him to his home for a Penn State football game. The testimony reveals that Sandusky then started wrestling with the boy. then pulling his pants off and performing oral sex on him. The man said that Sandusky also groped him in the campus swimming pool before playfully throwing him above water.
This second victim testified that Sandusky also allegedly requested oral sex from him on multiple occasions, including one time in a car while the two were driving somewhere. The boy said no, and after that, terminated his relationship with Sandusky.
The new charges leveled against Sandusky include include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.
The charity founded by Sandusky, The Second Mile, the one that enabled him to meet young men for his recreational pursuits, said in a statement that it has lost significant financial support and that some employees will have to be laid off over the next several months.
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