Penn State powerless to keep Sandusky off campus

STATE COLLEGE Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:17pm EST

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pictured in this November 5, 2011 file police photograph obtained on November 7. REUTERS/Pennsylvania State Attorney General's Office/Handout/Files

Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is pictured in this November 5, 2011 file police photograph obtained on November 7.

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STATE COLLEGE (Reuters) - Penn State says alleged child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky is "not welcome" on its campus, but the university so far has no legal recourse to keep the former assistant football coach away.

In her bail ruling, Judge Leslie Dutchot ordered the former defensive coordinator not to have any contact with minors, witnesses or alleged victims.

The ruling placed no restrictions on his travel. Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, advised Sandusky and his wife to take a trip ahead of the next legal proceeding to clear his head, he told CNN.

In effect, Sandusky is free to return to the Penn State campus, something school officials are powerless to stop.

"Our legal counsel informed Jerry Sandusky that he is not welcome on our campus," Penn State spokeswoman AnneMarie Mountz said in an e-mail to Reuters on Wednesday.

Requests for information on a possible restraining order against Sandusky, or what officials would do if he tried to return to campus, were not immediately answered.

Nor was it clear if prosecutors would seek to alter Sandusky's bail conditions. Calls to the Pennsylvania attorney general's office were not immediately returned.

Sandusky, once considered a likely successor to legendary Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, is accused of sexually assaulting eight boys over more than a decade.

A grand jury report detailing the accusations said that a graduate assistant with the football team witnessed Sandusky assaulting a boy in the showers of the football building on campus in 2002.

The allegations of sex crimes and their cover-up have rocked the university. The fallout ended the career of Paterno, who along with the university's president, was fired on November 9 by the board of trustees.

Sandusky professed his innocence on Monday, saying he is not a pedophile, but admitting he showered with young boys.

(Editing by Greg McCune)

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Comments (13)
toby3061 wrote:
But the so called “judge” had it in his power to keep the pedophile locked up, but let him go. If the pedophile commits another rape, hopefully it will be on a child of the judge.

Nov 16, 2011 12:56pm EST  --  Report as abuse
AltWorld wrote:
Legally they might be powerless, but there are many ways you can make his visits legally uncomfortable.

Nov 16, 2011 1:08pm EST  --  Report as abuse
BiggieD wrote:
So they can’t do anything but have no answer when someone asks about trying a restraining order. They don’t seem to be trying very hard do they?

Nov 16, 2011 1:13pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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