Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky’s home near elementary school

The superintendent of the State College Area School District sent an email to about about six news organizations Friday afternoon, saying district officials are aware that Jerry Sandusky’s home is on property bordering a kindergarten-to- third-grade elementary school.

Sandusky was charged Saturday with 40 counts related to sexual abuse of eight boys over a 15-year period. The charges stem from a grand jury investigation. He was arraigned Saturday and released on $100,000 unsecured bail, and was ordered to have no contact with minors.

The email was issued at 4:15 p.m. in response to an email sent to the district shortly before 2 p.m. noting that an aerial photo shows that Sandusky’s home borders the schoolyard.

“Lemont Elementary School principal, Scott Deshong, has taken additional administrative action to ensure our children are safe. These measures have been in place throughout the week and will remain in place moving forward,” Superintendent Bob O’Donnell said in the email.

“In regard to our entire district, we continue to follow our established safety protocols to ensure all students are as safe as possible. We will continue to collaborate with the State College, Ferguson Township and Patton Township police departments and remain vigilant in our efforts.”

On Thursday evening at about 10:20 p.m., vandals threw two cinder block pieces through a spare bedroom window of Sandusky’s home, State College police confirmed. Police said they have no suspects.

Ed Mahon can be reached at 231-4619. Chris Rosenblum can be reached at 231- 4620.