Son of Jerry Sandusky arrested for child sex abuse
Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of the convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, was arrested on Tuesday for 14 counts of child sex abuse charges, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor, two counts of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children, and corruption of minors. These charges are based on incidents with two girls, one in 2013 and one in 2016.
According to police, Sandusky had tried to obtain nude pictures of the first victim (known as victim No. One) by repeatedly texting her in March 2016. The minor’s mother was reportedly dating Sandusky at the time and had been for six years. Sandusky is also accused of demanding that the victim erase the text messages and that she shouldn’t tell anyone, as well as requesting a meeting with her to “talk things over.” The minor then told her father about the incidents, and her father contacted police.
The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky about it, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said. “The victim’s’ mother advised that Jeffrey Sandusky had advised her that he was trying to help her daughter by getting naked pictures of her off the internet and needed naked pictures of her to do it and to ‘role play,'” the affidavit said.
As the investigation ensued, police discovered another victim (referred to as victim No. Two), who was under the age of 16 at the time, who alleged that Sandusky had asked her to engage in oral sex with him. Both of the victims have told police that Sandusky used excuses to coerce the girls into participating by claiming that he had “studied medicine.”
Sandusky was arraigned Monday, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for Feb. 22. Sandusky is being held in county jail on $200,000 bail, according to the documents. During his arraignment, his mother, emotionally pleaded that her son was innocent. She also defended her husband, Jerry, in 2011, who was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
Jerry Sandusky was the retired Penn State football team’s defensive coordinator, but the scandal included the firing of revered head coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier based on a report conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh who accused Penn State leaders of showing “total and consistent disregard” for the victims of child sex abuse and covering up Sandusky’s abuse. The university president, vice president and athletic director were also all charged criminally with endangering children.
Jerry Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of 45 charges related to the yearlong sexual abuse, and he was sentenced to no less than 30 years in prison, which at began at age 68.
Jeffrey Sandusky is a state prison corrections officer and the adopted son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
During his father’s trial, Jeffrey defended his father, quoted by the sports website Bleacher Report, saying, “My mom and dad are amazing parents,” and saying that his father had been wrongly convicted. He continues, “Dad himself says he had boundary issues, meaning that he’d put a hand around your shoulder, he’d have his hand on my leg… Can that be taken the wrong way? Yes, and I get it. But he was not doing it to be a creeper, a perv. No, he was doing it to say I care about you.”
One of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged during their father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.
On Friday, Jeffrey waived his preliminary hearing and remains in a Pennsylvania county jail. His lawyer, Lance T. Marshall, said in a text message that they would “not be making any statements or comments.”
The Centre County District Attorney, Stacy Parks Miller told reporters, “we will prosecute this case as aggressively as we do all child abuse cases.” Miller said Sandusky talked to investigators. “He made statements,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t classify them necessarily as directly inculpatory, but I don’t think they helped him much.”