Sandusky Free on Bail

The former Penn State assistant's release from Centre County Correctional Facility set off a media chase back to his home in Lemont.

After spending a night in the Centre County Correctional Facility, Jerry Sandusky is free on bail. His release set off a wild ride for some of the media following his case.

Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach, was arrested Wednesday on multiple charges of sex abuse against two minors. At his arraignment, the judge set bail at $250,000 straight cash.

Unable to produce that amount of money quickly and having not done the necessary paperwork to use real estate holdings as collateral against bail, Sandusky was taken to the county jail just outside of Bellefonte, Pa.

Defense attorney Joe Amendola arranged for the paperwork to be handled Thursday morning. The bail was covered by $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 check. And at about 1:15 p.m., Sandusky was released from the jail and taken directly to his home in Lemont by law enforcement officials.

Throughout the morning and early afternoon, cameramen, photographers and reporters waited outside the jail for Sandusky to be released. They were ordered to remain across the road from facility.

When he finally emerged, a three-vehicle convoy -- all unmarked cars -- took him home. The first car was driven by a male officer but was otherwise empty.

The second car -- a blue dodge -- was driven by a male with a female in the front passenger seat. Sandusky, wearing a Penn State wrestling jacket and with papers in his hand, was in the rear passenger seat.


Sandusky leaving the parking lot of the jail.

The third car, which had municipal plates, had just the driver.

Sandusky stared blankly ahead as the cars passed the media throng. As soon as the cars drove by, photographers and reporters quickly gave chase -- quite literally -- in their own vehicles. The police cars turned left onto Benner Pike, headed toward State College. Then they entered Interstate 99.

While the police cars had an early lead, the media contingent wasted little time making up ground on the four-lane highway. At speeds exceeding 80 mph, many news vehicles were right behind the police cars as they took the State College exit toward Lemont, eventually hitting a red light at the entrance to College Avenue.

With the police cars stopped at the light, photographers in vehicles nearby snapped images of Sandusky in the back seat.


Sandusky in the back of the blue Dodge at a stop light.

As the convoy turned left onto College Avenue toward Sandusky's home in Lemont, many reporters were able to drive past the officers, and hit the right turn onto Grandview Road ahead of the police cars.

They joined another media contingent that was already posted outside Sandusky's house at the end of Grandview.


Heading up tree-lined Grandview.

Coming up tree-lined Grandview and past photographers, the lead police car pulled to the side and allowed the car Sandusky was in to move ahead. It pulled into his driveway, where the garage door opened. But the car stopped in the driveway. The people in the front seats got out, popped the trunk, and then opened the rear door for Sandusky to exit the car.

When he exited the car, he was carrying a handful of papers and what appeared to be a gallon jug of water. He was wearing blue sweat pants and white Nike sneakers, though it was not clear if he was wearing a monitoring anklet.

The media shouted a few questions toward Sandusky, but he ignored them and walked into the garage. The door closed and the chase was over.


At the house.

Sandusky was previously arrested in early November on charges of sex abuse against eight minors. He was released on $100,000 unsecured bond at the time, which meant he had to post no money.

The scandal eventually led to the firing of Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and the forced resignation of school president Graham Spanier, even though neither has been charged with a crime.

Sandusky is scheduled to face a preliminary hearing on the charges from both cases Tuesday at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.

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