As often happens in cases like these, two more victims came forward following the media coverage of the Penn State child rape scandal. This led to the police rearresting Jerry Sandusky:
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested Wednesday at his home in State College, Pa., on new sexual abuse charges involving boys.
Authorities showed up in four unmarked cars to detain Sandusky, NBC News reported. He was out on bail from his initial arrest almost a month ago on charges of sexually abusing young boys; bail on the new charges was set at $250,000.
“Today’s criminal charges were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury, based on evidence and testimony that was received following the initial arrest of Sandusky on November 5,” Attorney General Linda Kelly said in a statement.
Like before, the grand jury released a presentment of the testimony given. It reads much like the previous one, with one notable exception:
Victim 9 testified that he spent overnights in the Sandusky home on numerous occasions between the ages of 12 and 15. He further testified that despite being in the Sandusky home on these numerous occasions, he had “barely any” contact with Sandusky’s wife during his visits. He specifically testified that she “never” came into the basement when he was there.
Victim 9 described a pattern of sexual assaults by Sandusky over a period of years. Many of these assaults occurred in the basement bedroom of Sandusky’s residence. The victim testified that Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex on numerous occasions. Sandusky also attempted to engage in anal penetration of Victim 9 on at least sixteen occasions and at times did penetrate him. The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky’s wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him.
In other words, like McQueary, Sandusky’s wife Dottie had a chance to stop a rape but apparently chose not to. It is far worse than what happened at Penn State because Sandusky made the boy stay in the basement the entire time he was at Sandusky’s home. It is possible Sandusky did this to hide his alleged behavior. It is also possible, given the boy’s testimony, that Dottie asked Sandusky to basically keep it in the basement.
We will wait and see how much outrage this bit of information garners. I suspect it will not get much attention at all, and that is a shame because what happened to Victim 9 is usually how abuse occurs. In most cases someone knows. Someone hears something or sees something and decides to do nothing. Fortunately, it is not just wrong to do, but criminal. Dottie Sandusky could potentially face charges for failing to report the abuse or as an accessory to abuse, unless the prosecutors decide to cut a deal with her.