Jeffrey Sandusky, the 41-year-old son of convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, plead guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse on Friday.
The plea came a week before his child sex abuse trial was scheduled to begin. In a press release, the Centre County District Attorney said he will be registered at the highest tier of sex offender status in Pennsylvania.
Jeffrey will have to submit information on his home, work and school addresses as well as his vehicle, with state police every three months for the rest of his life.
Jeffrey will also be evaluated by the Sexual Offender Assessment Board to determine whether he meets the criteria to be a sexually violent predator as defined by the Sex Offender Registration Act.
The younger Sandusky was arraigned on the charges in February.
Court records filed earlier this year charged Jeff with the 14 counts stemming from incidents with two girls who are sisters, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors.
The other charges Jeff plead guilty to are as follows: statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, photographing and videotaping minors, and depicting on computer or filming sexual acts.
District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said of his guilty plea: ‘While we were fully prepared to proceed to trial, today’s guilty plea to all charges ensures a significant prison sentence for Defendant’s solicitation of child sex crimes with two minors that once completely trusted him.’
‘This outcome also ensures the victims need not suffer the trauma and re-victimization of testifying at trial and importantly, the Defendant will have to comply with strict sex offender registration requirements for the remainder of his life. We are happy that these girls can move forward and experience a life with adults that deserve their trust,’ Miller concluded.
He allegedly text messaged one girl asking for naked photographs, and later asked her for oral sex. The girl’s sister, ‘Victim 2’ said she had sex with Sandusky when she was 15 and he was 37, court documents claim, TMZ reports.
According to WJAC, the 41-year-old told the younger girl – ‘Victim 1’ – not to tell anyone about the message he was sending her, and later asked her to delete them so his ‘s**t’ was not seen by anyone.
The unnamed girl replied: ‘No, we don’t need to talk and we aren’t going to. You did what you did and I’m not going to give you a chance to try and justify it.’
‘You literally tried to guilt me into doing it and you even told me specifically what I ‘needed’ to do. You know who does that? Rapists and abusers, not [redacted] who care about their [redacted]. I don’t know how many times I need to tell you no and to stop before you get it.’
WJAC said Sandusky had made sexual comments about Victim 1 and she stated: ‘He is always looking at me in weird ways, starring me up and down’.
The victim’s mother reportedly confronted the 41-year-old about the messages, who initially claimed he did not know what he said in them before later admitting that ‘he knew it was inappropriate’, WJAC reports.
‘Victim 2’ said she had texted her mother last March and in previous years in a way that made her upset, according to court documents.
The majority of those messages were redacted.
Pennsylvania State Police began investigating him in November after the father of a teenage girl said his daughter had received inappropriate text messages from Sandusky.
The state Corrections Department said Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay after his arrest from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College as a result of the allegations. He had been hired in August 2015.
Sandusky’s father, Jerry, is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys during his time with Penn State University’s football team.
Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in Greene State Prison on a 45-count conviction.
He is currently pursuing an appeal in county court near Penn State College.
In November, the judge handling that appeal – Judge John Cleland, who was also the trial judge – took himself off the case after Sandusky’s lawyers raised objections to Cleland’s role in a December 2011 meeting in a hotel the night before Sandusky waived a preliminary hearing.
Cleland’s sternly worded order included a footnote saying his review of the 34 issues raised by Sandusky found none of them had merit.
The state court system is working on appointing a new judge, but that decision has not been made.
In November last year the school was fined a record $2.4million for its failures during the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse case.
Federal officials said the school violated requirements about reporting campus crimes and warning people if their safety was threatened.
The fine was the result of a five-year investigation that began shortly after Sandusky’s 2011 arrest raised questions about what administrators had known about the former assistant football coach, now serving decades in prison for child molestation.
The report said Penn State officials disclosed in June that 45 people have claimed they were victims of Sandusky, who was convicted of abusing 10 boys.
The US Department of Education concluded that Penn State largely ignored many of its duties under the 1990 Clery Act.
The Education Department found the school violated regulations when it didn’t warn students and employees of the forthcoming charges against Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 and is due in court Friday as he seeks to have the conviction thrown out or get a new trial.
‘In short, a man who was about to be charged with violent crimes against defenseless minors was free to roam the Penn State campus, as he pleased,’ the report said.