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Sandusky released on bail after sex abuse charges

By Mark Scolforo

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 8 2011 12:45 p.m. MST

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky gets out of a car in front of his State College, Pa., home on Thursday, Dec. 8, 2011. The former Penn State assistant football coach was released from jail Thursday after spending a night behind bars following a new round of child sex abuse charges filed against him. Sandusky secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, Dorothy, according to online court records.

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BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky emerged from an overnight jail stay Thursday after posting bail on new charges that he sexually abused two additional boys, including one who said Sandusky assaulted him in his basement while his cries for help went unheeded.

Sandusky was driven from a Pennsylvania county jail to his home in the back seat of a grey sedan in the middle of a three-car convoy. The former coach kept his gaze straight ahead, clutching a manila envelope, during the short car ride.

He then went inside without answering questions from reporters.

Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 new child sex abuse counts involving two new alleged victims. In all, he faces more than 50 charges. He has maintained his innocence.

Sandusky secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, Dorothy, according to online court records. He will be subject to electronic monitoring under the terms of his release.

Warden Edward DeSabato said Sandusky was quiet and cooperative during his stay at the jail, where he was one of the roughly 250 being held. Sandusky had his own cell for the night, a standard procedure for new inmates, DeSabato said.

The new allegations against Sandusky were detailed in grand jury report released Wednesday that alleges the former coach used the charity he founded to gain access to at-risk boys, then use gifts groom them for eventual sexual contact.

In interviews following his initial arrest last month, Sandusky denied sexually assaulting children but acknowledged showering and engaging in "horseplay" with them.

Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, said in a statement he would discuss his client's release later Thursday.

The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims described in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through The Second Mile charity. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts while also making sexual advances toward them.

One of the new accusers said Sandusky kept him in a basement bedroom during overnight visits to Sandusky's home, forced him to perform sex acts and assaulted him.

"The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him," the grand jury report said.

Sandusky was charged last month with abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years. Officials say the allegations were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them.

The scandal resulting from Sandusky's arrest led to the ouster of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and longtime college president Graham Spanier.

Two other Penn State officials are charged with perjury and failing to report the assaults. They say they are innocent.

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