Sandusky Told House Arrest is ‘Not a House Party’
By the CNN Wire Staff
Prosecutors blasted Jerry Sandusky’s recent request to see his grandchildren, saying the former Penn State assistant football coach should not be allowed to treat his house arrest like “a house party.”
Sandusky, who was charged in November with sexually abusing several young boys over a 14-year period, asked a judge two weeks ago to modify the terms of his bail so he can see his grandchildren or contact them via phone.
His lawyer filed a motion urging a judge to allow him to visit with his grandchildren because his “11 minor grandchildren … have expressed their sadness to their parents about not being able to visit or talk” with him, the court documents said.
Prosecutors filed a motion this week urging a judge not to allow the visits and said Sandusky’s home is not safe for children, according to court documents.
Prosecutors are also asking that Sandusky prove that his grandchildren or their parents want these visits.
“Jill Thomas, ex-wife of Sandusky’s son, Matthew Sandusky, strenuously objects to her three minor children having any contact whatsoever with Sandusky,” prosecutors said.
His neighbors have complained about Sandusky being in the yard of his home that borders a playground, prosecutors said.
Along with being allowed to contact his grandchildren, Sandusky also asked the judge to allow him to have his friends visit his home, and that he be allowed to travel to meet with his attorney and private investigators working on his case.
That request also drew a strong response from prosecutors.
“(Sandusky) was fortunate to be granted house arrest when he is alleged to have committed at least 52 sexual offenses against innocent children,” prosecutors said in court motions. “He has been granted the privilege of being confined in his home, which is spacious and private and where he can eat food of his own preference and sleep in his bed at night.”House arrest is not meant to be a house party.”
A hearing on this issue is set for Friday at a Pennsylvania courthouse, authorities said.
— CNN’s Sara Ganim contributed to this report.