Sandusky Arrested on Additional Abuse Charges
Jerry Sandusky was arrested today on additional counts of sexual abuse, in addition to the 40 he previously faced. Two more victims have stepped forward and accused Sandusky of abuse, and they have been added to the original Grand Jury presentment released in November.
Sandusky, at his November 5 arraignment, was freed on $100,000 unsecured bail; an indication that he would be expected to show up to his preliminary hearing on December 13 and not shirk that responsibility. However, for him to be taken into custody just six days before that hearing would indicate new developments in the case.
NBC first reported the arrest by the Centre County District Attorney, and Sara Ganim of the Harrisburg Patriot-News reported that the additional charges were filed in Bellefonte. (Note that the image used in this post is not from today’s incident but from when Sandusky was first arrested in November.)
As Sandusky was being taken into custody, details about the new charges were released in a new presentment from the Grand Jury.
The new presentment includes additional information about Victim 9 and Victim 10.
Warning: The following is a graphic depiction of the events that are alleged to have occurred.
Victim 9, the presentment states, is currently an 18-year-old male. He participated in Second Mile activities from 2004-2008. Over that period, Sandusky is said to have taken him to numerous Penn State football games and given him a number of gifts, including money. He was also invited to make overnight visits to Sandusky’s house, where he always stayed in the basement, according to the presentment. Victim 9 told the Grand Jury that Sandusky’s wife “never” came into the basement while he was there. Victim 9 testified to the Grand Jury that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him numerous times, including attempted anal penetration on at least sixteen occasions.
Victim 10 became involved with the Second Mile in 1997 as a 10-year-old. Victim 10 testified to the Grand Jury that Sandusky had initiated a relationship with him outside of Second Mile events in the fall of 1997 when the boy was invited to a Penn State football game. Victim 10 testified that he attended several games, including meals at the Sandusky home and tailgates given by the Sanduskys. Victim 10 described wrestling sessions with Sandusky to the Grand Jury. Victim 10 testified that Sandusky repeatedly pulled down the boy’s shorts during these wrestling sessions and proceeded to perform oral sex on him. Victim 10 also described to the Grand Jury how Sandusky would indecently touch him at Penn State’s on-campus outdoor pool. Victim 10 told the Grand Jury that their relationship ended when Sandusky and the boy were sitting in Sandusky’s car, where he proceeded to open his pants, expose his penis, and indicated that he wanted Victim 10 to perform oral sex on him. The presentment says that Victim 10 refused, and that this incident was his final interaction with Sandusky.
UPDATE, 2:14 p.m.
According to Reuters, Sandusky faces 12 total new charges in addition to the 40 on which he was arraigned on November 4, bringing the total charges of sex abuse of minors to 52.