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Sandusky faces new sexual assault charges

Dec. 7, 2011 at 4:56 PM   |   Comments

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa., Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested Wednesday on new charges of child sexual abuse linked to two more alleged victims.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a news release the arrest stemmed from relationships that began when the alleged victims were children whom Sandusky took on outings to football games and to whom he gave gifts. The relationships "later included physical contact that escalated to sexual assaults," WGAL-TV, Lancaster, Pa., reported.

"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims," Kelly said.

One of the alleged victims described a "pattern of sexual assaults over a period of years," many in a basement bedroom of Sandusky's house, a grand jury presentment stated.

The alleged victim testified he once screamed for help, knowing Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one came to his aid.

The presentment said Sandusky met both alleged victims through The Second Mile, a charity he established in the 1970s to help at-risk children.

One of the two alleged victims said he met Sandusky around 2004 when he was 11 or 12 at a camp organized by The Second Mile.

Sexual assaults allegedly occurred in the swimming pool and Jacuzzi of a hotel in the State College area.

The other victim was referred to The Second Mile in 1997 when he was 10, the news release said, and Sandusky allegedly approached him during summer camp and arranged for the boy to go to Penn State football games.

Wrestling sessions in Sandusky's basement led to his performing oral sex on the boy, who was also allegedly sexually assaulted at the swimming pool at Penn State, the news release said.

Meanwhile, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported, the Faculty Senate at Penn State is expected to decide next month whether to approve a resolution calling for a vote of no-confidence in the university's Board of Trustees and the board's resignation.

The motion was introduced by medical college physician Anthony Ambrose in a Senate session Tuesday in which new Penn State President Rodney Erickson faced questions about the university's response to the child sex abuse scandal, which has already led to the resignation of its former president and the firing of football coach Joe Paterno

Ambrose said Penn State should have a new board that's "lean, clean and probably under the circumstances, pretty mean."

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