Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of the sexual abuse of children, spanning his nearly 30 year career. Penn fans and students were devastated and the ripples throughout the university are still being felt today.
On Monday, his son Jeffrey was arrested on child sexual abuse charges in Bellefonte, PA.
The adopted son of Jerry Sandusky – former Penn State University football coach convicted of child sex abuse – has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
WTAJ reported that Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, was arraigned Monday in Bellefonte. Pennsylvania State Police launched an investigation in November 2016 after a child claiming to have gotten text messages from Sandusky, including some that requested naked photographs, according to the report.
Sandusky had been dating the child’s mother and lived in her home for about five years, WTAJ.com reports.
At the time of Jerry Sandusky’s original conviction, another adopted son named Matthew appeared on Oprah to talk about the abuse he endured as a child at the hands of his father.
Matthew Sandusky spoke on “Oprah Prime” about abuse he says occurred when Jerry Sandusky would tuck him in during overnight stays at the Sandusky home in central Pennsylvania, after being instructed to wear only underwear or blue mesh shorts.
Jerry Sandusky would tickle, blow on his belly and wrestle on the floor, he said, and the encounters would gradually become more sexual.
“Then it’s, then as I now know, it’s oral sex,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “He’s doing that to you and it’s very confusing, it’s very confusing for you because you have a reaction, you know. It’s something that you at that time you definitely don’t know what’s happening.”
It is well-documented that the victims of child sexual abuse can sometimes go on to become abusers themselves. Jeffrey Sandusky is the alleged apple that didn’t fall far from the tree.