Updated at 2:58 p.m. with further comment from Joe Amendola
The lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, who is facing multiple charges of child sex abuse, a civil lawsuit and investigations into other allegations, said that a guilty plea is something he might have to discuss with his client if more victims come forward.
Joe Amendola, attorney for Sandusky, continues to plan the defense as his client maintains his innocence. A plea deal has not been discussed, but Amendola told the Harrisburg Patriot News’ Sara Ganim:
“That could happen if more allegations come forth and Jerry gets to the point where he realizes fighting against more than the original allegations might be a real uphill battle. Bottom line, Jerry has always maintained his innocence, from the first allegation, and continues to maintain innocence. What happens with any additional charges which may be filed remains to be seen.”
Sandusky has a Dec. 13 court date on 40 counts of child sex abuse of eight boys over a 15-year span. In addition, another man alleges in a civil suit that Sandusky molested him more than 100 times from 1992 to 1996. Also named as a defendants in that suit are Penn State and the charity Sandusky founded, the Second Mile.
Amendola reiterated to the Associated Press on Thursday that he has not discussed a guilty plea with Sandusky, who maintains his innocence. He said that his comments to the Harrisburg paper were in answer to a “what if” question about the possibility of more charges.
“My answer to the ‘what if’ question was analogous to saying, if weather forecasters were predicting a blizzard next week, which they are not, I would have to at least consider the possibility of postponing my scheduled trip to Philadelphia,” Amendola told AP in an email.
Amendola, the Patriot News reports, has hired a private investigator and is planning his defense strategy. Amendola said that the allegation by Mike McQueary that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in a locker-room shower in 2002, is being contradicted by a man who says he was Victim No. 2. In addition, Amendola told Ganim that four of the alleged victims have recently had friendly encounters with Sandusky and that he believes more than one of the eight victims in the grand jury report might testify that he was not abused.
Meanwhile, Penn State’s students continue to cope with the scandal. More than 400 students attended a town-hall meeting with administrators Wednesday night, with one student saying, “I feel shame. What do I do with these feelings?”
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