Jerry Sandusky’s son arrested on child sexual abuse charges

Posted at 3:32 PM, Feb 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-13 16:05:59-05

Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor child sexual abuse charges,according to court documents from the commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

The younger Sandusky, 41, faces 14 counts, including sexual assault of a child older than 11, sexual assault of a child less than 16, and a variety of other sexual abuse and child pornography charges.

The charges have offense dates going as far back as March 1, 2013, according to the court documents.

Sandusky was arraigned Monday, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for February 22. Sandusky is being held in county jail on $200,000 bail, according to the documents.

The defendant’s father, Jerry Sandusky, was at the center of a child sexual abuse scandal that rocked Penn State University in 2011.

A grand jury report accused Jerry Sandusky, a retired Penn State defensive coordinator, of sexually abusing eight boys over at least 15 years. A report conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh accused Penn State leaders of showing “total and consistent disregard” for the victims of child sex abuse and covering up Sandusky’s abuse.

The scandal led to the firing of legendary head coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier, as well as charges for other administrators.

Sandusky was found guilty in 2012 of 45 charges related to the yearslong sexual abuse, and he was sentenced to no less than 30 years in prison.

Penn State said in 2013 that it had reached settlements totaling $59.7 million with 26 of Sandusky’s victims.

In a YouTube video from 2014, Jeffrey Sandusky was asked about his mother’s interview with NBC, in which she said her husband was innocent of the child sex abuse charges.

“Hopefully the interview puts out our side, or some of the things we feel,” Jeffrey Sandusky said at the time. “Knowing my father is innocent, and some of the things that were brought up, hopefully they’re taken and actually people will listen to [it] and take it to heart.”