Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Sandusky supporter reaches deal after arrest

The radio host and documentarian arrested at a Matt Sandusky speech has reached an agreement with authorities.

John Ziegler, of Camarillo, Calif., is an outspoken supporter of retired Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted of child sex abuse in 2012. He has been vehemently critical of the trial and the media coverage of the case.

In April, he was arrested when he attended the Matt Sandusky event in Lewisburg, after a confrontation with police and organizers. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal trespass on school grounds, criminal trespass — communication, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

This week, he was back in Union County.

According to court documents, the original four charges were dismissed.

“I am glad the charges were dropped but saddened the absurdity of the judicial system forced me to pay a fine for something I clearly did not do,” he said.

A new charge, a summary count of disordely conduct, was added instead. Ziegler pleaded guilty to that charge, but he made it clear to the Centre Daily Times that he still maintains his innocence.

“I begrudgingly pled guilty to a new, very minor charge which didn’t actually happen because I preferred to pay a $100 fine rather than endure the expense and aggravation of returning to Pennsylvania for a trial where I theoretically faced nine years in jail,” he said.