Former PSU Assistant Faces Charges

According to a court document, Jerry Sandusky is staring at 40 different charges, including multiple counts of abuse of minors.

According to a document uploaded to the Pennsylvania court docket system Friday, a total of 40 charges — including multiple forms of sexual abuse of minors — have been filed against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The document states Sandusky is facing felony charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person less than 16 (multiple counts), aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 16, indecent assault on a person less than 13 and endangering the welfare of children.

He also faces multiple misdemeanor charges for indecent assault on a person under 16, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.

The charges stem from alleged incidents in 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005. Charges were determined following a grand jury investigation that lasted more than two years.

The document — registered as Docket Number: MJ-49201-CR-0000636-2011 — was removed from the docket system late Friday afternoon. It is not clear why.

Fight On State downloaded a copy of the document before it was removed.


Sandusky, 67, was an assistant with the Nittany Lions from 1969-99. He spent most of his time on the Penn State staff as defensive coordinator. He drew his greatest acclaim for devising a plan that stifled Miami's high-powered offense in the 1987 Fiesta Bowl, a game Penn State won, 14-10, to secure its second (and last) national title.

Sandusky retired from the PSU staff following the 1999 season, saying he wanted to spend more time with The Second Mile, the non-profit organization he founded in 1977. The focus of The Second Mile is helping disadvantaged children and teens throughout Pennsylvania. Sandusky retired from that organization in 2010.

When news of the grand jury investigation into Sandusky broke in the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News early last March, Penn State coach Joe Paterno declined comment on the topic.

At the time this story was posted, efforts to reach Penn State officials for comment had been unsuccessful. We will update the story if and when such comments become available.


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