Report: Children's agency opens cases

Updated: November 23, 2011, 11:51 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

The Pennsylvania state department of Children and Youth Services has opened an investigation into allegations of child sex abuse against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg reported Tuesday.

The two cases, which were reported within the last two months and are separate from the ongoing police investigation, would be the first to involve persons under the age of 18, the newspaper reported.

The other publicly known cases against Sandusky involve adults coming forward with allegations, according to the report. In Pennsylvania, adult allegations of abuse are handled by police, even if they occured when the accuser was a child; CYS' involvement is triggered when allegations involve children younger than 18.

Sandusky has been accused of molesting eight boys over a 15-year period. He has maintained he is innocent of the charges.

The scandal resulted in the Penn State board of trustees dismissing longtime football coach Joe Paterno and president Graham Spanier, saying the men failed to act after a graduate assistant claimed he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy in a campus shower in 2002.

It also led to charges of failing to properly report suspected abuse and perjury before a grand jury against athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. Both men have said they are innocent of the charges.

In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Sandusky's attorney, Joe Amendola, said that if prosecutors bring new charges based on any additional accusers, he fears Sandusky's bail could be revoked and he could be jailed.

It was not clear if Amendola was speaking generally or if he was referring to the CYS investigation, which had not yet been reported at the time of the interview.

However, Amendola said Sandusky could not have committed the most serious of the charges -- repeated sexual contact at his home -- because he was never alone with the boys in his home.

" ... This was a house. And the house was filled with people," Amendola told ABC News. "And Jerry, by the way, had six adopted kids and three foster kids."

Sandusky's preliminary hearing was rescheduled Tuesday for Dec. 13 in Bellefonte, Pa. At the hearing, prosecutors will try to show that they have enough evidence to take the case to trial.

Sandusky is free on $100,000 unsecured bail, which would be paid only if he fails to show up for court.