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Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on child sex abuse charges based on claims of two new accusers, including one who says Sandusky molested him numerous times in a basement bedroom.

With the count of accusers now at 10, Sandusky faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations he molested boys for years.

The scandal has raised questions about whether Penn State officials did all they should have to stop the alleged activity, and it ended the careers of the school's president and Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno.

Sandusky, 67, was first arrested last month and has said repeatedly that he is innocent. The latest charges were brought after new accusers were questioned by a grand jury, which issued another report detailing new allegations of abuse.

Like earlier accusers, both of the new young men told the grand jury they met Sandusky through the Second Mile charity for at-risk children that he founded in 1977.

"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims," Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a statement. "Beginning with outings to football games and gifts, they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults."

One of the new accusers said he was first assaulted in 2004 when he was 11 or 12, often during overnight stays in a basement bedroom at Sandusky's house. He testified that at least once he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs. "Victim 10" told the grand jury he was assaulted after being referred to Second Mile in 1997.

Sandusky was unable to immediately post $250,000 cash bail. If released, he is subject to electronic monitoring, house arrest and no unsupervised contact with minors.

Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges 12/07/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 7, 2011 10:58pm]
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