Ex-Penn State coach allowed to receive visits from grandchildren

A judge decided to give the ex-Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, permission to receive visits from his grandchildren, Reuters announced on Monday. Based on this decision, Sandusky will be able to see 11 of his 14 grandchildren, but he will continue to remain under house arrest. In addition, the judge also accepted Sandusky’s request to secure a local jury for his child sex abuse trial.

Jerry Sandusky has been confined to his home since December 2011 and his trial is due to start in May. The 68-year-old coach assistant was charged with 52 criminal counts after being accused of molesting 10 boys between 1994 and 2008. He was supposed to be confined within the walls of his State College home because a teacher complained that he looked at her elementary school students, but the judge denied this prosecution effort. 

His indictment affected the entire Penn State University, but long-time head football coach, Joe Paterno, was the one who suffered the most. He was accused of complicity because he failed to report Sandusky even though he was aware of the child abuses. Paterno was suffering from lung cancer when he was arrested and he died on January 22.

The former Penn State coach asked for permission to see his 14 grandchildren, but Sandusky’s daughter-in-law rejected the request. The daughter -in-law previously accused the ex-coach of inappropriate behavior towards her three children, therefore, the 68-year-old defendant will only see 11 of his 14 grandchildren.

Sandusky will be able to contact the little ones through other means of communication, as well. The judge enabled him to use telephone calls and electronic communication like email and Skype. Although they will have to face many other legal battles, the coach’s lawyer, Joe Amendola, is pleased with the results he has obtained.

The judge explained the press that he allowed Sandusky to stay on his property and not necessarily indoors because the teacher who accused him of watching elementary students did not provide any significant evidence to support her allegations. In fact, the former coach assistant may even travel to his lawyer’s office as long as he provides a 36-hour notice to the court. 

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