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Alleged Sandusky Victim Demands New Charges from Attorney General

by on June 03, 2015 12:47 PM

Alleged Sandusky victim Anthony Spinelli wants to be the “voice of the voiceless.”

Spinelli says he was sexually assaulted by Sandusky in 1988, and he wants the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General to file a host of new felony charges against the convicted sex offender. The OAG turned that request down because of the state’s statute of limitations, but Spinelli’s lawyers appealed that decision on Wednesday.

“Mr. Spinelli was a victim of Jerry Sandusky in 1988 while attending a Pennsylvania State University football camp sponsored by the university,” said attorney Steven Passarello at a news conference in front of the Centre County Courthouse on Wednesday.

“Since that time, our client’s life went from a life of athletic promise to spiraling out of control, from being recruited as a top quarterback for schools like Michigan, Syracuse and Penn State. His life spiraled into a life of drugs, alcohol and criminal activity.”

Attorneys for Spinelli, 43 now and 16 at the time of the alleged assault, say he chose not to act out of misplaced guilt and shame until 2011, when he approached the Pennsylvania State Police with his allegations. Although the case was referred to the OAG, no further action was taken.

In 2014, Spinelli filed a private criminal complaint after consulting the Altoona-based Passarello Law Office. Passarello says the OAG found the allegations “credible and compelling,” but opted not to press charges because of an expired statute of limitations.

Wednesday’s appeal argues that the OAG can still file new charges against Sandusky because the statue of limitations has been updated several times since 1988. They claim these updates give Spinelli the option of pressing charge as late as age 50.

“There are numerous other people like him who either missed the statue of limitations or came very close,” Passarello said. “That is one of the reasons why Mr. Spinelli has taken the dramatic step to do this.”

According to the private criminal complaint turned down by the OAG, Spinelli met Sandusky for the first and last time at a summer football camp in June 1988. The complaint alleges that Sandusky coerced Spinelli into sexual acts on two different days in a Penn State office and locker room.

Spinelli wants the OAG to charge Sandusky with felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault.

“There’s no hiding here. [Spinelli] knows what’s coming and the media scrutiny that will come with it,” Passarello said. “But his goals are set, and one of those is to be the voice of the voiceless, and I think you need a name and a face to lead that charge.”

After the Centre County Court of Common Pleas reviews the appeal, a judge will schedule a hearing as the next step in the case. Passarello is unsure how long that might take.

Sandusky, a former assistant Penn State football coach, was convicted on 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012. He is serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence. Sandusky is currently appealing his conviction for the third time.


Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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