Friday 22 September 2017

Coach a 'serial predator', court told

Mark Hughes in New York

A COLLEGE football coach was a "serial predator" who preyed on vulnerable and fatherless boys he befriended through a charity that he set up to help disadvantaged children, a court has heard.

The allegations against Jerry Sandusky, an assistant coach at Pennsylvania State University football team, were aired late last year, but it was suggested that the university had known about the claims for several years and did go to police.

Yesterday, Mr Sandusky (68) pictured, went on trial accused of 52 counts of sexual abuse against 10 boys over 15 years. Joseph McGettigan III, prosecuting, said that the coach's victims, eight of whom will give evidence, were too humiliated and ashamed to speak out about what happened to them.

Mr McGettigan showed the jury pictures of the boys at the ages at which they were allegedly abused by Mr Sandusky. The youngest victim was nine when the abuse is said to have begun, and the oldest was 17 when the alleged abuse ended.

He said: "They are real people with real experience. You will know they were violated."

Mr McGettigan said Mr Sandusky preyed on boys he met through The Second Mile, a children's charity he established in 1977. He said the charity was a "perfect environment for the predatory paedophile" and added that six of the alleged victims had no father in their lives.

(©Daily Telegraph, London)

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