Sandusky faces two new claims of abuse

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A former Penn State assistant football coach accused of molesting boys for more than 15 years faces two new claims of child sexual abuse, but both are unfounded, his lawyer told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Attorney Joseph Amendola said one claim against Jerry Sandusky stemmed from a Sandusky family dispute, and he characterized the other as an example of people trying to mimic other allegations.

"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.

He said the accusations, should they result in charges, would be vigorously contested.

"We'll defend those if and when they become charges," Amendola told the AP in a phone interview Wednesday. "We'll defend those just like we're defending the other charges."

Sandusky, 67, is charged with sexually abusing eight boys, some on campus. He has said he showered with some boys but never sexually abused them.

The Patriot-News newspaper of Harrisburg has reported that the pair of new claims were brought within the last two months.

Lawyers for two other people arrested earlier this month as a result of a grand jury investigation into allegations against Sandusky are asking prosecutors to turn over material to help them prepare for a preliminary hearing next month.

Attorneys for Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and former university vice president Gary Schultz wrote to state prosecutors Tuesday asking for grand jury testimony and other information related to their cases. They both faces charges of perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse; they maintain their innocence.

The request appears to be a long shot, since such disclosures aren't required so early in a case's trajectory. But the letter also hints at a likely defense strategy: questioning the testimony of a graduate assistant who said he reported seeing Sandusky rape a child in 2002.

Among other things, they asked for corroboration of statements by assistant coach Mike McQueary that he told Schultz and Curley he witnessed Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the football team showers nine years ago. They said such corroboration is needed to meet the relatively low legal standard required for the perjury charge to advance from the preliminary hearing to county court for a full trial.

"The presentment states no such corroboration," wrote Caroline Roberto, who represents Curley, and Thomas J. Farrell, Schultz's lawyer. "Please provide any in advance of the hearing or specify there is none, thereby saving the court and us considerable time and inconvenience."

Roberto and Farrell acknowledged that Pennsylvania's criminal procedure rules don't require the disclosure they are seeking but told state prosecutor Jonelle Eshbach she had the discretion to provide it. A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment on the letter Wednesday.

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