STATE COLLEGE, Pennsylvania -- Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer told The Associated Press on Friday 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 that 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 scandal has shaken the reputation of a college sports program that long had prided itself on integrity in an environment where the profits of endorsements and television deals have led some schools to compromise academics and the law itself.
Authorities say Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, met the children through The Second Mile, a youth charity that he started in 1977. By going back as far as 1975, Freeh’s investigation would cover the entire time The Second Mile has existed and 24 of the 30 years that Sandusky worked at Penn Statfe.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg has reported that the pair of 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 has been placed on administrative leave, and Vice President Gary Schultz, who was in charge of the university’s police department, has 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.