And then there were ten. Today former Penn State associate head football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested by agents from the Attorney General’s Office and Pennsylvania State Police after two more young men came forward to a grand jury to report charges of sexual misconduct. "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 at a press conference today about the new charges. "Beginning with outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults."
"Today’s criminal charges were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury, based on evidence and testimony that was received following the initial arrest of Sandusky on November 5th," Kelly said. "At that time, Sandusky was charged with sexually assaulting eight victims, all of whom first encountered Sandusky as children through The Second Mile, a organization that he founded to operate programs for disadvantaged young people." The new complaints, which you can read here [PDF] are depressingly not that dissimilar to those that appeared in the first grand jury report [PDF] in November. Think "wrestling matches" that turn into oral sex and sex acts performed in State College hotel jacuzzis.
Sandusky was charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies punishable by up to 20 years in prison and $25,000 in fines. He was also charged with three third-degree felonies and three first-degree misdemeanors. There is evidence that further charges are still in the offing. This latest round of developments come days after Sandusky once again sat down for an ill-advised media interview.
Sandusky's bail was set at $250,000 cash. Unable to meet that amount, he has been committed to the Centre County Correctional Facility.