Sandusky released on bail after latest charges

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania - Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was released from jail Thursday after spending a night behind bars following a new round of child sex abuse charges filed against him.

Sandusky secured his release using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by his wife, Dorothy, according to online court records.

Sandusky left a Pennsylvania county jail early Thursday afternoon in the back seat of a grey sedan and was dropped off at his home in State College. He ignored questions from reporters as he went inside.

Warden Ed DeSabato said Sandusky was quiet and cooperative during his overnight stay.

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Sandusky was arrested Wednesday and charged with 12 new sex abuse counts involving two new alleged victims. In all, he faces more than 50 charges.

He has maintained his innocence. In interviews following his initial arrest last month, Sandusky denied sexually assaulting children but acknowledged showering and engaging in "horseplay" with them.

Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, said in a statement he would discuss his client's release later Thursday.

The latest accusers are the ninth and 10th alleged victims described in grand jury reports that claim Sandusky befriended and then molested boys he met through his Second Mile charity for troubled youth. A grand jury document released Wednesday echoed an earlier report, saying Sandusky gave the boys gifts while also making sexual advances toward them.

One of the new accusers said Sandusky kept him in a basement bedroom during overnight visits to Sandusky's home, forced him to perform sex acts and assaulted him.

"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 grand jury report said.

Sandusky was charged last month with abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years. Officials say the allegations were not immediately brought to the attention of authorities even though high-level people at Penn State apparently knew about them.

The scandal resulting from Sandusky's arrest led to the ouster of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and longtime college president Graham Spanier.

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