State College, PA (Sports Network) - Jerry Sandusky was released from jail
on Thursday after posting $250,000 bail.
Sandusky was arrested Wednesday after two more young men testified to a grand
jury that they were targeted as children for sexual abuse by the former Penn
State assistant coach.
He secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000
certified check provided by his wife, Dorothy, according to multiple reports.
Sandusky ignored questions from reporters as he went inside his home in State
College Thursday afternoon.
Sandusky was charged last month with 40 counts of various sexual crimes in a
scandal that cost legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, among
others, their jobs.
His attorney, Joe Amendola, said he was surprised by the arrest because
Sandusky had volunteered to turn himself in on any new charges.
In a statement issued through Amendola, Dottie Sandusky, the wife of the
former coach, broke her silence Thursday.
"I want to thank our children, our family, our extended family of former
Second Mile participants, and all our friends for standing by us through these
difficult times. Jerry and I want to express our sorrow for all the hurt that
has come to those who have supported us and our beloved Penn State and State
"I have been shocked and dismayed by the allegations made against Jerry,
particularly the most recent one that a now young man has said he was kept in
our basement during visits and screamed for help as Jerry assaulted him while
I was in our home and didn't respond to his cries for help.
"As the mother of six children, I have been devastated by these accusations. I
am also angry about these false accusations that such a terrible incident ever
occurred in my home. No child who ever visited our home was ever forced to
stay in our basement and fed there. All the kids who visited us ate with us
and our kids and other guests when they were at our home. Our children, our
extended family and friends know how much Jerry and I love kids and have
always tried to help and care for them. We would never do anything to hurt
them. I am so sad anyone would make such a terrible accusation which is
absolutely untrue. We don't know why these young men have made these false
accusations, but we want everyone to know they are untrue.
"I continue to believe in Jerry's innocence and all the good things he has
done. Jerry's many success stories with his Second Mile kids and positive
memories of those kids keep me going. I am asking everyone to please be
reasonable and open-minded until both sides of this case are heard, and Jerry
has the opportunity to prove his innocence.
"I would like to thank all those individuals who continue to support Jerry and
hope they will continue to support us through the conclusion of this very sad
time in our lives."
According to a statement from State Attorney General Linda Kelly on Wednesday,
the new criminal charges were recommended by a grand jury based on evidence
that was received following Sandusky's initial arrest on November 5th.
"At that time, Sandusky was charged with sexually assaulting eight victims,
all of whom first encountered Sandusky as children through The Second Mile, an
organization that he founded to operate programs for disadvantaged young
Kelly said the latest criminal charges come following grand jury testimony
from two additional young men, identified as Victim 9 and Victim 10, who were
allegedly targeted by Sandusky when they were children.
"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky
allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims," Kelly added. "Beginning with
outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that
escalated to sexual assaults."
The latest charges for Sandusky include four counts of involuntary deviate
sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-
degree felonies that are each punishable by up to 20 years in prison and
Additionally, he is charged with one count of indecent assault and two counts
of endangering the welfare of children, all third-degree felonies which are
each punishable by up to seven years in prison and $15,000 fines.
Sandusky is also charged with one count of indecent assault and two counts of
corruption of minors, all first-degree misdemeanors each punishable by up to
five years in prison and $10,000 fines.
Amendola said his client was left "scratching his head" and asking, "What's
"I said, 'Don't ask that question. Don't ask can it get worse because it
can,'" said Amendola.
According to the grand jury, Victim 9 first encountered Sandusky in
approximately 2004, while participating in a summer camp organized by The
Second Mile, when he was 11 or 12 years old. Sandusky allegedly approached the
young man, engaged him in conversation and expressed an interest in spending
more time with the child.
Kelly said Sandusky allegedly took the boy to numerous Penn State football
games and gave him gifts and money.
Later, the grand jury found that during overnight stays at Sandusky's home,
behavior such as hugging, rubbing, cuddling and tickling -- initially viewed
as acts of affection -- escalated to sexual assaults. Additional sex acts were
allegedly performed in the swimming pool and hot tub of a hotel in the State
College area, at times when the pool area was not occupied.
According to the presentment, Sandusky told Victim 9 that he loved and cared
for him and urged him to keep their activities secret.
In the case of Victim 10, the boy was referred to The Second Mile in 1997 when
he was 10 years old, at the recommendation of a counselor because of
difficulties in his home life. Sandusky allegedly approached the boy during a
summer camp and later made arrangements to take the boy to several Penn State
football games where the boy played football at Holuba Hall on the Penn State
campus before the game, attended tailgate parties prior to the game and spent
time at the Sandusky home.
According to the grand jury, "wrestling" sessions in the basement of
Sandusky's home eventually escalated to incidents where Sandusky performed
oral sex on the boy. Victim 10 also detailed incidents which occurred at a
swimming pool on the Penn State campus, along with an encounter in a car when
Sandusky allegedly exposed himself and requested oral sex from the boy.
As in other cases, Sandusky allegedly gave the boy gifts and frequently told
the boy that he loved him.
Sandusky has maintained his innocence since his first arrest in November. He
has admitted to showering and horsing around with young boys.
The scandal at Penn State not only forced Paterno's ouster as head coach, but
it ended in the dismissal of school president Graham Spanier while athletic
director Tim Curley also lost his job.
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