Report: Number of alleged victims grows
The number of alleged victims in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has more than doubled in the past day, growing closer to 20 victims, myFOXphilly.com reported Tuesday night, citing sources.
There were eight victims named in the grand jury indictment and 40 charges leveled against Sandusky, a longtime assistant to Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Sources, however, said that since Monday — when state officials publicized two phone numbers for past victims to call — the number of potential victims has risen dramatically.
Sandusky, 67, has been charged with 21 felony counts for allegedly abusing eight victims over a period of 15 years. The allegations are laid out in a grand jury report.
Six of the eight alleged victims have been identified by investigators, but their names have not been made public.
A potential ninth victim came forward to police over the weekend after seeing the reports of Sandusky's arrest, according to the Harrisburg (Pa.) Patriot-News.
Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly said Monday the university's failure to report Sandusky to police or child-protection officials likely led to further victimization of young boys for several years.
Sandusky was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, but the hearing has been pushed back to Dec. 7, the Patriot-News reported.