Joe Amendola, the former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer, said yesterday that he would consider “possible alternatives” if more sexual abuse charges were filed against his client.
Joe Amendola said he had not discussed pleading guilty with Jerry Sandusky and that he still maintained he was innocent of charges against him.
Jerry Sandusky has been accused of 40 criminal accounts of abusing eight boys, some on the university campus, over 15 years.
Joe Amendola, the former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's lawyer, said yesterday that he would consider “possible alternatives” if more sexual abuse charges were filed against his client
Joe Amendola said that Jerry Sandusky has never considered a plea in his case.
Jerry Sandusky, 67, is awaiting a preliminary hearing on the charges.
Joe Amendola said the topic of a guilty plea came up as a “what-if” question about potential additional charges – and that if more charges were filed, Jerry Sandusky would only then discuss the possibility of a plea.
Earlier this week, Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing a young boy more than 100 times after meeting him through his charity The Second Mile in the 1970s.
The 29-year-old new accuser, who is not part of the criminal case, said in a lawsuit that Jerry Sandusky threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet.
The accuser, identified only as John Doe, claimed he had never told anyone about the abuse until Jerry Sandusky was charged last month.
The alleged victim felt “tormented” after learning others were said to have been abused after him, according to a statement read out by his lawyer Jeff Anderson.
“I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened, but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me,” the man said.
The alleged victim became the first plaintiff to file suit in the Penn State child sex abuse scandal.
The lawsuit claimed Jerry Sandusky abused the boy in encounters at the coach’s home, in a Penn State locker room and on football game trips.
Jerry Sandusky has acknowledged that he showered with boys but denied molesting them.
Joe Amendola, Jerry Sandusky’s defense attorney, got a teenage girl pregnant when she was 17 and he was 49, according to a report.
Joe Amendola, now 63, is said to have later married Mary Lavasile.
According to The Daily newspaper, which quoted from documents of State College, Pennsylvania, Joe Amendola represented Mary Lavasile in an emancipation hearing in 1996 just weeks before her 17th birthday.
At about the same time, Mary Lavasile became pregnant with Joe Amendola’s child, her mother, Janet, told The Daily.
The age of consent in Pennsylvania is 16.
Janet Lavasile said she thought Joe Amendola was a “mentor” figure to her daughter and did not realize the extent of their relationship.
“She met him through the school district; she was interested in the law,” said Janet Lavasile.
Joe Amendola is said to have married Mary Lavasile in February, 2003, but they split after having two children together
Joe Amendola is said to have married Mary Lavasile in February, 2003, but they split after having two children together.
Joe Amendola’s estranged wife, now aged 32, kept his name. Mary Amendola hasn’t commented on the report.
“Joe is a very good father and has loved his two children very much, and that’s the most important thing for me right now,” said Janet Lavasile.
Joe Amendola has gone on the offensive for Jerry Sandusky to claim the one-time heir apparent to Joe Paterno was just “horsing aroun”’ with young boys and wasn’t guilty of sexual abuse.
The lawyer apparently gave his blessing to his client to agree to a phone interview with NBC sports presenter Bob Costas on Monday night when Jerry Sandusky acknowledge he did engage in inappropriate behavior with boys, including taking showers with them.
Jerry Sandusky insisted, however, that he was not sexually attracted to children.
When Bob Costas asked Joe Amendola if he would leave his children alone with Jerry Sandusky, the lawyer answered: “Yes, without hesitation.”
On her Facebook page afterwards, Mary Amendola wrote: “OMG. Did Joe just say that he would allow my kids to be alone with Jerry Sandusky?”