Former longtime Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, known for his charitable work helping at-risk children and helping establish the school’s Linebacker U reputation, is facing charges he sexually abused a minor, newspapers reported Friday.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg first reported that felony charges were filed against Sandusky. The newspaper said the charges include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone under 16, aggravated indecent assault, indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 13 and corruption of minors.
The Centre Daily Times of State College reported that a state police trooper filed the charges.
The state attorney general’s office had been investigating Sandusky since 2009. Through a lawyer, Sandusky has maintained that he is innocent. A telephone message left at the office of his attorney on Friday afternoon by The Associated Press was not immediately returned.
Sandusky retired more than a decade ago after 32 years under coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions’ national-title teams in 1982 and 1986.
Sandusky also has been lauded for his work with The Second Mile, a charitable organization he founded in 1977 to help at-risk children. He retired from the charity’s board last year, and executive vice president Katherine Genovese said then that he had been scaling back his duties in recent years so that he could spend more time with family and deal with his personal life.
Officials at Second Mile declined immediate comment Friday.