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Sandusky's son pleads guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse

Sandusky's son pleads guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse

Jeffrey Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children, pleaded guilty on Friday to 14 counts related to child sexual abuse.

Police launched an investigation into Sandusky in 2016 after he allegedly sent text messages to underage girls requesting nude photos.

Jeffrey Sandusky's plea deal comes a week before his trial was slated to begin on the charges, and almost six years after his father was arrested in a child molestation case that shook Penn State and is still working its way through criminal and civil courts.

Prosecutors allege that Mr. Sandusky sought oral sex from the other girl in 2013. He admitted he didn't do enough to stop former football team defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky from sexually abusing boys.

Jeffrey Sandusky was asked to leave the home over the abuse.

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His trial was scheduled to begin next week and could face up to 8 years in prison.

Additionally, Sandusky will become a Tier III sex offender, which is the highest level in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and he will be required to register with state police for life and verify his registration information four times a year. The judge isn't bound by the deal and could sentence him to up to eight years.

Parks Miller said her office was fully prepared to go to trial next week, but the plea ensures a "significant prison sentence". "This outcome also ensures the victims need not suffer the trauma and re-victimization of testifying at trial and importantly, the defendant will have to comply with strict sex offender registration requirements for the remainder of his life".

He regularly attended his father's court proceedings alongside his mother, Dottie Sandusky, who also has consistently supported her husband and fought to clear his name.