In revelations that had to surprise no one, new accusers of being molested by Jerry Sandusky have come forward, making claims that date back to the 1970s and ’80s.
According to the Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., three men have told investigators that Sandusky — recently convicted of 45 counts of child abuse — molested them in the ’70 and ’80s.
In his report last week, former FBI director Louis Freeh said his review for the Penn State board of trustees found no evidence of molestation before the 1990s. Also, one of Sandusky’s 10 previously known victims had predated the 1990s.
One of the three new accusers says he was abused in the early 1970s, the report says. Sandusky’s defense had argued in his trial that a person doesn’t become a pedophile in his or her 50s. Sandusky turned 68 in January.
The police are aware of the three new accusers, according to the report.
The Pennsylvania grand jury that brought the Sandusky indictment is still meeting and could potentially hear testimony from more potential victims, The Patriot-News report said.
But it is not known whether the attorney general’s office would be open to filing more charges. As it is, Sandusky faces a minimum of 60 years in prison and is awaiting sentencing, which has not been scheduled and could be up to months from now.
Freeh’s team interviewed more than 430 people and reviewed more than three million documents. The 267-page Freeh report concluded that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno — along with former president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz — conducted a cover-up of abuse allegations against Sandusky and that it did not protect the welfare of the youth involved in Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile.
What these new men coming forward does is reinforce how the Sandusky fallout is a long way from over.