Apparently, former Penn State Assistant Coach Jerry Sandusky is not the only member of his family guilty of sexually abusing children.
Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arrested Jan. 13 for sexual abusing 14 minors. Included in the allegations are that Sandusky solicited nude photos from a 16-year-old girl after seeking oral sex from her 15-year-old sister. Additionally, officials charged Sandusky with statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sex, six instances of unlawful contact with a minor, two instances of attempting to photograph sexual acts, sexually abusing children, and the corruption of minors.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said children have a right to be safe.
“We will prosecute this case as aggressively as we do all child abuse cases,” she said.
Reportedly, the father of the aforementioned sisters gave prosecutors text message records from Sandusky in November. According to the arrest affidavit, Sandusky told his alleged victim in March 2016 nude photos aren’t “weird because he studied medicine” and “to now show these texts to anyone.”
Furthermore, the affidavit claimed Sandusky told the victims’ mother he was trying to help her daughter, who was 16 at the time.
“Jeffrey Sandusky had advised her that he was trying to help her daughter by getting naked pictures of her off the internet,” the affidavit read. “[He claimed he] needed naked pictures of her to do it and to ‘role play.’”
Prior to this instance, Sandusky attempted getting oral sex from the victim’s sister in 2013. The girl was 15 years old at the time. The victim told investigators that Sandusky said “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry,” in March.
Because of his arrest, Rockview State Prison suspended Sandusky without pay from his corrections officer position.
Abuse in the Sandusky family
Jerry Sandusky adopted Jeffrey and five other children. During his 2012 criminal trial, one of the children, Matt, claimed that Jerry abused them. However, Matt was never a witness during the trial and officials never charged his father for abusing his children.
Officials charged and convicted Jerry for sexually abusing multiple children. Although the judge only convicted him of 48 charges, there were 52 initial charges, stemming from 1994 to 2009. Officials believe the child abuse originally started in the 1970s.
The case resulted in the firing and reprimanding of multiple Penn State officials, including football coach Joe Paterno. The courts sentenced Jerry to 30 years minimum in prison in 2012.