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Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with child sexual abuse

One of Jerry Sandusky’s sons was charged Monday with sex crimes involving two girls, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested on child molestation charges.

Jeffrey S. Sandusky, 41, was charged by state police and arraigned by a district judge in Bellefonte on 14 counts. He was jailed on $200,000 bail.

Sandusky was a stalwart supporter of his father and accompanied his mother, Dottie, to many of his court proceedings. On Monday, Dottie accompanied Jeffrey Sandusky to his.

Police accused him of soliciting nude photos from a then-16-year-old girl last year and seeking oral sex in 2013 from her then-15-year-old sister.

His defense lawyer, Lance Marshall, declined to comment on the allegations.

“All children have a right to be safe,” said Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller. “We will prosecute this case as aggressively as we do all child abuse cases.”

Miller said Sandusky talked to investigators. “He made statements,” Miller said. “I wouldn’t classify them necessarily as directly inculpatory, but I don’t think they helped him much.”

Sandusky was charged with solicitation of statutory sexual assault, solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, the alleged victims’ father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.

The affidavit said Sandusky told the alleged victim in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.”

The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said.

“The victims’ mother advised that Jeffrey Sandusky had advised her that he was trying to help her daughter by getting naked pictures of her off the internet and needed naked pictures of her to do it and to ‘role play,” the affidavit said.

The girl, called “Victim 1” in the affidavit, told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said.

Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from a second girl, “Victim 2,” in 2013. She was 15 years old at the time.

“Victim 2” told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.”

Jerry Sandusky, who adopted Jeffrey Sandusky and five other children, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.

Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, but one of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged during their father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him. Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.

The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Monday from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College. He had been hired in August 2015.


Lawsuit Claims Penn State and Fraternity Responsible for Death Of 18 Year Old Student

Despite surviving tremendous ordeals to be accepted as a member of a fraternity while he was at Penn State-Altoona University, 18-year-old Marquise Braham could not watch others go through the same so took his own life, according to a lawsuit.

Braham’s family claim that the teen was forced to “consume gross amounts of alcohol” and mouthwash, swallow live fish and gut and skin animals after he had killed them, all to become a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity. They are suing the university and the suspended fraternity alleging that he jumped to his death off a New York hotel roof because of hazing, The Daily Mail reports.

The suit alleges that Braham was made to fight fellow pledges as part of the hazing activities and was burned with candle wax and deprived of sleep for 89 hours. He also had a gun held to his head by members of the fraternity during the hazing which continued for months, shortly before he died in March 2014, the lawsuit claims.

“Marquise is a good kid, was a good kid,” his father, Richard Braham told WNBC.

“I’m just trying to find out what happened to him. He pledged a frat, which isn’t against the law,” Braham’s father continued. “But somehow he ended up dead from it. How did that happen? That’s what I want to know,” he added.

Despite the fraternity’s national organization in Indianapolis claiming they hadn’t seen the results of law enforcement investigation, the chapter was suspended for six years following Braham’s death, according to Penn State officials. They are also barred from using university facilities or participating in campus events.

If the activities in the lawsuit are proven true, the members of the local fraternity “are in direct violation of the fraternity’s standards and expectations as well as its express anti-hazing policies,” said the Indianapolis organization. It added that it would continue to cooperate fully with all authorities associated with the investigation to bring out the truth of the matter.

The suit claims that although Braham went through all of the hazing rituals and was accepted as a member of the fraternity, he later text a friend that some of the activities he had to be present for during the hazing of the next class of pledges were “hard to watch.”

“But to do it to other children as part of leadership as an 18-year-old, he couldn’t do it,” Richard Braham told WNBC. “It was contrary to his entire existence. He couldn’t do it. I don’t think he knew a way out but to jump off that roof,” the distraught father added.

Braham killed himself the day before he was to return to the fraternity after struggling to cope with what he would have to witness and participate with in the hazing of others, the lawsuit claims. It also claims that the physical, psychological and academic suffering he was going through at the time was known by staff members at the university, but they did nothing about it.

“In my family’s opinion, both Penn State and Phi Sigma Kappa severely damaged our son, both physically and mentally, with hazing activities and even worse, sought to allegedly cover it up by destroying evidence,” Richard Braham said in a statement.