Convicted Sex Offender Jerry Sandusky Denied a New Trial

Jerry SanduskyJerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach convicted of child sexual abuse charges, recently lost his request for a new trial.

Sandusky, who has consistently maintained that he was wrongly convicted, argued that he did not receive adequate representation at trial and that prosecutors should have disclosed more details about changes in the victims’ stories. The judge who decided the request for a new trial held that “although he was denied access to the victims’ psychological records, Sandusky was permitted to call witnesses to explore whether the victims had undergone repressed memory therapy prior to trial, and he did explore that subject” with victims and other witnesses. The judge also rejected Sandusky’s arguments that his lawyers should not have let him waive a preliminary hearing, should not have allowed him to give a television interview after his arrest, and should have done more to challenge the identity of a young man described as Victim 2 in court records.

The Sandusky sexual abuse scandal garnered national media attention and cost Penn State University more than $200 million in fines, settlements, and other costs, but, oftentimes, allegations of child abuse against school teachers or coaches do not rise to the national level. In fact, many smaller-scale allegations of child abuse surface against local school employees – and when it happens in New Jersey, regardless of whether there is a criminal investigation, the Department of Children and Families will likely conduct an investigation. In those cases, the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit (IAIU) will investigate allegations of child abuse against school teachers and employees. Generally, IAIU is the child protective service unit in New Jersey that investigates allegations of child abuse and neglect in out-of-home settings such as foster homes, residential centers, schools, and detention centers. After the investigation is completed, a final report is issued within 60 days of the initial report and each appropriate entity involved with the case will be notified of the investigative findings to enhance its ability to promote child safety.

There are four regional IAIU offices in New Jersey:

  1. Northern IAIU at 100 Hamilton Plaza, 9th Floor, Paterson, NJ 07505
  2. Metro IAIU at 2 Gateway Plaza, 8th floor Newark, NJ 07102
  3. Central IAIU 3131 Princeton Pike, Bldg. 6, Suite 112, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
  4. Southern IAIU 275 North Delsea Drive, U.S. Route 47, Vineland, NJ 08360

If you were accused of child abuse or neglect while acting in the capacity of a teacher, coach, daycare employee, bus driver, or any other role, you should contact the experienced team of child abuse and neglect defense attorneys at the Tormey Law Firm to learn about your rights and to learn what to do during the investigation. We are available 24/7 and ready to guide you through your IAIU investigation – call us today.

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