New Sandusky Accusers Emerge, Abuse Now Dates Back To 1970s
New Sandusky accusers have emerged since the conviction of the former Penn State assistant football coach, increasing the number of victims of Jerry Sandusky and creating what a more accurate picture of his predatory behavior over the last four decades.
The new Sandusky accusers told investigators that they were molested in the 1970s and 1980s, the first of his accused victims to appear before the 1990s, ESPN reported. Jerry Sandusky’s investigation and trial unveiled 10 separate victims who were molested over 1990s and through the 2000s, but a report from former FBI director Louis Freeh said his review at the request of Penn State’s board of trustees found nothing before then.
The 267-page report found that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was an active participant in covering up Sandusky’s crimes, persuading other members of the university’s administration to not bring the allegations to the attention of authorities. Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz were also part of the cover-up, the report said.
One of the new Sandusky accusers said his abuse took place in the early 1970s, when Sandusky would have been in his late 20s, CNN reported.
Already facing at least 60 years behind bars after he was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse, Jerry Sandusky could still face more charges for the new accusers, CNN noted. A Pennsylvania grand jury investigation that led to his initial arrest in November is still meeting and could still bring charges for the new accusers, which include his own adopted son.
Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office, he couldn’t discuss specifics but hinted that there is still new information coming in.
“Court filings have indicated that new information has come forward and we’re continuing to pursue, but can’t talk about specific evidence.”
It was not disclosed whether the new Sandusky accusers were contacted by the team led by Freeh. When asked if he looked into any allegations before the 1990s, Freeh simply answered “Yes” but gave no further details.