Former Penn State Coach Sandusky Rearrested On New Sex Abuse Charges
By Tony Romeo, Todd Quinones and Ben Simmoneau
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS)— Ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and arraigned today on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, the state attorney general’s office said.
The Centre County judge ordered Sandusky jailed unless he can pay $250,000 bail.
In a press release issued this afternoon, the attorney general’s office said the new charges involving two young men, now identified as “Victim 9” and “Victim 10,” were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury based on evidence and testimony received after the initial arrest of Sandusky on November 5th (see related story).
“As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of ‘grooming’ victims,” Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly said in the statement. “Beginning with outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults.”
The grand jury says Victim 9 first encountered Sandusky around 2004 at a summer camp organized by The Second Mile charity, when the victim was 11 or 12 years old.
Victim 10 was allegedly referred to The Second Mile in 1997, when he was 10 years old.
“Mr. Sandusky deserves to be behind bars,” said Philadelphia-based attorney Tom Kline. He confirmed for CBS 3’s Eyewitness News Wednesday afternoon that he is now representing one of Sandusky’s alleged victims. “The feeling is one of outrage by many of them.”
Kline says given what he has learned about this case and other sexual abuse cases he has handled, he is not surprised that these two new victims are just coming forward now, after seeing media coverage of Sandusky’s original arrest last month.
The case, he says, is extraordinarily difficult for his client, who just wants a normal life.
“There is a real impact and a real psychological drain and burden that is created on any individual who has been put through this kind of, literally, torture,” he said.
A spokesman for the attorney general says a preliminary hearing on previous charges filed against Sandusky is still on for this coming Tuesday.
A call seeking comment from Sandusky’s lawyer, Joseph Amendola, was not immediately returned.
Sandusky was already charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse involving eight young boys over a 15-year span. He has denied being a pedophile and has vowed to fight the case. In interviews with NBC and The New York Times (see related story), he has said he showered and horsed around with boys but never sexually abused them.
The new charges include four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all of them first-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines.
Sandusky also was charged with a count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children. Those are third-degree felonies punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.