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New Accuser Is Coach's Family Member

SPORTINGNEWS.COM - A member of Jerry Sandusky's family made one of two new allegations of child sexual abuse against the former Penn State assistant coach, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., reported Wednesday.

Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, told the newspaper the allegation is the result of difficulties within the child's immediate family and that the alleged assault happened before Sandusky was arrested earlier this month.

He told The Associated Press that the second allegation is a case of people being copycats.

"That doesn't surprise me because we believe there would be a number of copycat allegations, people who really maybe not even had direct contact with Jerry but ... try to jump on the bandwagon," Amendola said in a telephone interview Wednesday.

A grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of abuse involving eight boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky said in a televised interview that he is innocent and that he merely showered and "horsed around" with children.

On Tuesday, the Patriot-News reported that two new cases had been opened by Children and Youth Services agency, which only investigates cases that involve individuals age 18 or younger. They would be the first two involving current children—the others who came forward in the grand jury report are all over 18.

The Sandusky indictment, and subsequent allegations of a cover-up by Penn State officials, led to the firing of head football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier. Click here to read more



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