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Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Jerry Sandusky arrested on new counts of child sexual abuse

Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach who already faces 40 counts of child sexual abuse involving eight victims, was arrested today after new allegations of abuse surfaced.

Wearing a Penn State track suit, Sandusky, 67, was removed from his State College, Pa., home in handcuffs and taken for arraignment to a Centre County courthouse. This arrest stems from allegations from two new victims who stepped forward after his Nov. 5 arrest. Sandusky will have a preliminary hearing on these charges Dec. 13; he previously was due in court on the other charges on the same date.

“I’m very disappointed by the latest tactics of the attorney general’s office by going to Jerry’s house unnanounced without so much as giving me a courtesy phone call as his attorney,” Joe Amendola, Sandusky’s attorney, said (via NBC’s Peter Alexander). “We've always offered to turn him in if there were new charges.”

The new charges include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, indecent assault, endangering the welfare of children, and corruption of minors.

The Pennsylvania attorney general said that both victims met Sandusky through the Second Mile, the charity he founded to help at-risk kids in 1977. He allegedly took them to football games and abused them in his home; the man identified as Victim 10 claimed that Sandusky molested him in a Penn State campus swimming pool and exposed himself and asked for oral sex during a car ride.

Victim nine, according to a story in the Harrisburg Patriot News, is now 18 and alleges in a grand jury presentment released today that his cries for help from Sandusky’s basement went unanswered. “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,” the presentment says.

Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott set bail at $250,000 cash and Sandusky was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility. Should he post bail, he would be required to wear an ankle monitor and to have no contact with minors, witnesses and the alleged victims.

Prosecutors had asked for $1 million bail, but Amendola said his client has not considered fleeing and had offered to surrender. The first judge in the case was criticized for allowing Sandusky to post $100,000 unsecured bond on the original charges. She has been replaced.

Sandusky, in interviews with NBC’s Bob Costas and the New York Times, has maintained his innocence, while admitting that he showered with young boys and described his contact as “horsing around.”

MORE

The original grand jury report

The new grand jury presentment

NBC video: Sandusky taken into custody

Court rules: Guidelines for preliminary hearing

Early Lead: Local judges recuse themselves

Timeline: How Penn State scandal unfolded

Early Lead: Sandusky tells Bob Costas he showered with boys but denies abuse

Associated Press: Penn State taps former FBI director Louis Freeh in chid sex-abuse investigation

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