Penn State coaching legend and Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky was arraigned today on more than 40 charges alleging sex crimes involving minors.
Sandusky was arraigned before District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, and released on $100,000 unsecured bail. He was also ordered not to have any contact with children.
Attorney General Linda Kelly and state police Commissioner Frank Noonan issued a news release Saturday announcing the filing of criminal charges against not only Sandusky, but against Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business at Penn State.
Sandusky has been the subject of a state grand jury investigation for the past two years. The (Harrisburg) Patriot-News in March broke the story of the investigation, reporting that it began in 2009, when a 15-year-old told authorities that Sandusky had inappropriate contact with him over a four-year period, starting when he was 10.
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"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys," Kelly said. "It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys."
The charges against Sandusky are related to sexual advances against eight young men between 1994 and 2009, according to the Attorney General's office. The charges include 21 felonies, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person younger than 16, aggravated indecent assault on a person younger than 16, indecent assault against a person younger than 13.
Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, said after the arraignment that he had not had the opportunity to read or review the charges, or discuss them with Sandusky, so could not comment on them.
However, he said, “As you know, he’s maintained his innocence and he’s been aware of these allegations now for over three years.
"He came back to State College voluntarily last night from out state, he was visiting relatives, and when he was told that he needed to be here today as opposed to returning on Monday when he planned to return, he drove back last night to face these charges. So, we’re hopeful that after we review this, we’ll have some resolution in mind and we’ll go from there.”
Amendola said he was unaware, as of Saturday morning, of the charges against Schultz and Curley.
When asked about Sandusky's condition, he said. “Well, he’s shaky as you can expect, being 67 years old and never having faced criminal charges in his life and having the distinguished career that he’s had, these are very serious allegations. He’s taking them seriously, but he also has realized that he has to face to them and go from there and proceed with his defense.”
Penn State President Graham offered his support for Curley and Schultz in a statement issued by the university on Saturday.
“The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance," Spanier said.
“With regard to the other presentments , I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support. I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," he said. " I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee.
“Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion. I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately.”
More details will be posted as they become available through the day.