Potential Jerry Sandusky Child Pornography Ring Reportedly Prompts Investigation

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IAugust 10, 2012

June 21, 2012; Bellefonte, PA USA: Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to hear closing arguments in the Jerry Sandusky trial.  Mandatory Credit: Eric P. Mull-USPRESSWIRE

A federal investigation is underway regarding the prospect of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky using letters to convince individuals to cross state lines for "sexual purposes," according to CBS News.

The investigation, led by U.S. Postal inspectors, also aims to discover whether Sandusky shared child pornography with others, including some of his sexual abuse victims.

Investigators have been examining a computer of Sandusky's in the probe, and CBS News added that Sandusky may have sent letters to as many as seven individuals, inviting them to Penn State in exchange for gifts and trips.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts related to sexual abuse in June. The NCAA proceeded to slap Penn State with heavy fines of $60 million (the estimated amount the football program brings in each year) and banned the football program from postseason play for four years.

The program's annual scholarships were also cut significantly for the next four years, from 85 to 65, and many of former head coach Joe Paterno's wins were vacated, effectively leaving Bobby Bowden of Florida State with the most career wins in Division I FBS history.

Sandusky's doings (and Penn State's cover-up) have had far-reaching consequences for the university and the surrounding community, and more details continue to add to the ugliness of the whole affair.

Penn State's board of trustees is reportedly deciding whether to ratify a consent decree it made with the NCAA in regards to the penalties the university was handed. 

Sandusky has not been sentenced yet, but he is expected to spend his life in prison for his actions.


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