Federal investigators are looking into whether former Penn State University assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sent and received child pornography on the Internet and used the mail to send “seductive letters” to some of the boys he was convicted of sexually assaulting. If charges are brought, Sandusky could face further punishment on top of what he is expected to receive after being convicted in June of 45 counts related to sexual assault of 10 minors over a 15 year period.
Readers in Pittsburgh are likely well aware of the Jerry Sandusky case, which shook the campus of Penn State and led to the firing of top university officials. Sandusky continues to maintain his innocence while awaiting sentencing on the June convictions.
However, the U.S. Attorney’s Office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania is investigating whether Sandusky traded child pornography online. An anonymous source in a CBS News story said that investigators have found child pornography on one of Sandusky’s computer. The source said that so far, there is no evidence that Sandusky participated in any online sharing of child pornography.
Meanwhile, agents of the U.S. Postal Inspectors are investigating whether Sandusky sent letters across state lines attempting to seduce minors. They believe that six or seven of the boys Sandusky was convicted of molesting may have received letters promising trips or gifts.
When reached for comment, Sandusky’s attorney said he had not been informed about the investigations. He said the Sandusky says he is innocent and described the new allegations as “ridiculous.”
Source: CBS News, “Feds probe possible Sandusky child porn ring,” Aug. 10, 2012