Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach charged last month with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years, was charged today with additional counts of sexual abuse involving two more boys.
He was arraigned before District Judge Robert E. Scott, of Westmoreland County, who was assigned to handle the case by the state Supreme Court. Prosecutors requested bail be set at $1 million. Scott ordered $250,000 straight bail, meaning the full amount must be posted before Sandusky will be released.
His attorney, Joseph Amendola, said he planned to arrange bail, but Sandusky could end up spending the night in jail. If he is able to post bail, Scott ordered that upon his release, Sandusky be equipped with an electronic monitoring device and placed under house arrest.
Amendola said he was not notified before the arrest took place.
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"I found out from you folks," he told reporters following the arraignment, "when my Blackberry lit up 50 times in three minutes."
Sandusky was already facing a mix of 40 felony and misdemeanor charges. Today he also was charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, all first-degree felonies. He also was charged with one count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering the welfare of children, all third-degree felonies.
He also was charged with one count of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors, first-degree misdemeanors.
State Attorney General Kelly said the latest charges come after the grand jury heard testimony from two young men it has identified only as Victim 9 and Victim 10. She said they 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 said, “Beginning with outings to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults.”
According to the grand jury, Victim 9 first encountered Sandusky about seven years ago, when he was 11 or 12, while participating in a summer camp organized by The Second Mile.
Kelly said Sandusky allegedly took the boy to numerous Penn State University football games and gave him gifts and money. Overnight stays at Sandusky’s home, and behavior such as hugging, cuddling, rubbing and tickling, escalated to sexual assaults, according to the grand jury. Some sex acts occurred in the pool and Jacuzzi of a State College area hotel, according to the grand jury.
According to the presentment, Sandusky told Victim 9 that he loved and cared for him and urged him to keep their activities secret.
Senior Deputy Attorney General Joe McGettigan, who was present at Sandusky's arraignment today, said Sandusky had contact, by phone and in person, with Victim 9 after the Attorney General's Office filed the first charges on Nov. 5.
Victim 10 was referred to The Second Mile in 1997, when he was 10 years old, at the recommendation of a counselor, the grand jury found. Sandusky again approached the boy at summer camp, took him to football games.
The boy spent time at Sandusky’s home, according to the grand jury, where “wrestling” sessions escalated to incidents involving oral sex. The alleged victim also told the grand jury of incidents that occurred at a swimming pool on the University Park campus, and an encounter in a car when Sandusky allegedly exposed himself and asked for oral sex.
A preliminary hearing on the charges filed last month against Sandusky is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.