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Sandusky Arrested on 12 New Counts, Jailed in Centre County

on December 07, 2011 4:34 PM

State authorities arrested Jerry Sandusky on Wednesday for the second time in as many months, charging him with 12 new criminal counts.

He was arraigned before District Judge Robert E. Scott, a Westmoreland County judge assigned to the case.

After the arraignment, just outside Bellefonte, Sandusky was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility in lieu of posting $250,000 straight bail. His attorney, Joe Amendola, told reporters that the defense was working on posting bail.

"Realistically, it's going to take a while," Amendola said. 

(6ABC has video of a handcuffed Sandusky outside the arraignment; it's posted here. The Centre County Report, which supplied the screen-capture image posted with this article, has footage posted here.)

First arrested Nov. 5 on 40 criminal counts, Sandusky is accused of a prolonged pattern of child sexual abuse. State prosecutors, in an initial report last month, said Sandusky victimized eight boys over a 15-year period.

In the new charges, filed Wednesday, prosecutors have identified two more victims, according to a news release from the state attorney general's office. The new charges include counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

Taken together, the new charges alone -- if upheld in court -- could bear a maximum prison sentence of more than 100 years and maximum fines of more than $150,000.

"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims, beginning with outings to football games and gifts," state Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a news release. "They later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults."

The victims noted in the new charges, according to Kelly, are young men. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at Penn State, targeted them when they were children, she said in the release.

A grand jury handling the case "found that during overnight stays at Sandusky's home, behavior such as hugging, rubbing, cuddling and tickling -- initially viewed as acts of affection -- escalated to sexual assaults," the news release reads. "Additional sex acts were allegedly performed in the swimming pool and jacuzzi of a hotel in the State College area, at times when the pool area was not occupied."

Sandusky told one of the boys that he loved him, and "urged him to keep their activities secret," the release goes on, citing an updated grand-jury report.

The victim identified as Victim 10 was involved with The Second Mile -- the nonprofit founded by Sandusky -- as a child, according to the news release. He "detailed incidents which occurred at a swimming pool on the Penn State campus, along with an encounter in a car when Sandusky allegedly exposed himself and requested oral sex from the boy," the release reads.

"As in other cases, Sandusky allegedly gave the boy gifts and frequently told the boy that he loved him," it goes on.

The full text of the news release is available online. Details from the updated grand-jury report are available here.

Amendola told reporters Wednesday afternoon that he hadn't had an opportunity to review fully the latest charges. Sandusky has claimed he is innocent of the charges filed in November.

Prosecutors had requested that bail be set at $1 million, according to the Centre Daily Times. Sandusky, if released on bail, will need to wear an electronic monitoring device and be placed under house arrest, per a court order cited by the newspaper.

Sandusky is due to appear for a preliminary hearing Tuesday on the charges filed in November. That proceeding is to take place in the Centre County Courthouse, in Bellefonte.

The arraignment that Sandusky faced Wednesday was held at District Judge Daniel Hoffman's office, along the Benner Pike. Authorities reiterated that the investigation into Sandusky is ongoing; potential victims and other with information should call investigators with the attorney general's office at (814) 863-1053 or the state police at (814) 470-2238, they said.

Earlier coverage is posted below.

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Earlier coverage, posted @ 1:48 p.m. Dec. 7:

Jerry Sandusky was arrested Wednesday on additional criminal charges, NBC News and CNN reported.

NBC's Peter Alexander, reporting via Twitter, said Sandusky is facing 12 new charges of child sexual abuse.

The new charges involve two people who were not noted as part of a grand-jury report released last month, the Patriot-News reported.

StateCollege.com will post more information as it becomes available.

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