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Jerry Sandusky faces two new claims of child sexual abuse

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Attorney for former Penn State assistant football coach says allegations are unfounded.

November 23, 2011|Wire reports
  • Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky faces two new child sexual abuse claims, but his lawyer says the accusations are unfounded.
Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky faces two new child sexual… (Andy Colwell / Associated…)

Jerry Sandusky's lawyer told the Associated Press on Wednesday that the former Penn State football defensive coordinator faces two new claims of child sexual abuse, but that both are unfounded.

Attorney Joseph Amendola said one claim stemmed from a Sandusky family dispute. He characterized the other as an example of people trying to mimic other allegations and "jump on the bandwagon."

"That doesn't surprise me because we believe there would be a number of copycat allegations, people who really maybe not even had direct contact with Jerry but [are now on board] to try to jump on the bandwagon," Amendola said.

He said the accusations, should they result in charges, would be vigorously contended.

Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. He has said he showered with some boys but never sexually abused them.

The Patriot-News of Harrisburg has reported that the new claims were brought within the last two months. Charges have not been filed.

"We'll defend those if and when they become charges," Amendola said. "We'll defend those just like we're defending the other charges."

Authorities say some of the abuse occurred on campus, allegations that were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them.

The scandal has resulted in the ousting of school President Graham Spanier and longtime coach Joe Paterno, and has brought shame to one of college football's legendary programs. Athletic Director Tim Curley was put on administrative leave, and Gary Schultz, a vice president who was in charge of the university's police department, stepped down.

Schultz and Curley are charged with lying to the grand jury and failure to report to police, and Sandusky is charged with child sex abuse. All maintain their innocence. Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 following a state grand jury investigation that remains ongoing.

A central New York district attorney accused police officials of criminally leaking a document in the sexual abuse investigation of Syracuse assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine.

In a news conference Wednesday, prosecutor William Fitzpatrick accused Syracuse police Chief Frank Fowler and Deputy Chief Sean Broton of leaking a witness affidavit to embarrass the district attorney's office. At issue is the handling in 2002 of Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis' initial claims that Fine molested him. Fine says the charge is false.

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