2 new accusers, 12 new sexual abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky
With his previous charges, that's a total of 52 counts of sexual abuse of children for the former Penn State football coach.
Sandusky, 67, was arrested in State College, Pa., by state police and transported for preliminary arraignment before a district judge, said Pennsylvania Atty. Gen. Linda Kelly in an statement.
The charges were brought after two new alleged victims testified before a grand jury, Kelly said. Like other alleged victims, the two new accusers met Sandusky through the Second Mile, a charity for at-risk children he founded in 1977.
One of the victims said he was abused by Sandusky after meeting him in 2004, when he was 11 or 12 years old, Kelly said. The second victim says he was also assaulted in 2004.
“As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of ‘grooming’ victims,” Kelly said. “Beginning with outings to football games and gifts, they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults.”
Sandusky is charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies. He also is charged with two counts of indecent assault, two counts of endangering the welfare of children and two counts of corruption of minors.
Sandusky is already facing 40 counts of child sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year span.
Sandusky has repeatedly denied being a pedophile and said he would fight the charges. In interviews with NBC and the New York Times, he has admitted to showering with boys but asserts that he never sexually abused them.
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Photo: Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky leaves the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot in State College, Pa., on Nov. 5. Credit: Andy Colwell / The Patriot-News