Jerry Sandusky's lawyer this morning dismissed as "completely unfounded" suggestions the former football coach may consider a plea deal to charges that he molested at least eight boys.
"Jerry has never considered and is not currently considering a plea in his case," said lawyer Joseph Amendola.
Amendola issued the statement after the Harrisburg Patriot-News quoted him saying that Sandusky, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach, might have to consider a plea "if more allegations come forth and Jerry gets to the point where he realizes fighting against more than the original allegations might be a real uphill battle."
Amendola said his remarks were in response to a hypothetical question as to how his legal strategy might change if 15 or 20 new accusers came forward.
"My answer to the 'what-if' question was analogous to saying, if weather forecasters were predicting a blizzard next week, which they are not, I would have to at least consider the possibility of postponing my scheduled trip to Philadelphia," Amendola said. "Of course, I'd have to reconsider the trip under those circumstances, just as I would have to discuss with Jerry all the possible alternatives in his case if the (Attorney General) were to file additional charges."
Prosecutors have not confirmed new victims or added charges since Sandusky's Nov. 5 arrest.
In recent days, several civil lawyers have announced that they are representing alleged victims of Sandusky.
On Wednesday, a 29-year-old man alleged in the first suit filed in the scandal that has rocked Penn State that Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times starting when he was 10. (http://bit.ly/vubJ0s) The man is not one of the alleged original eight, his lawyers say.
In his interview with the Patriot-News (http://bit.ly/rTYwVo), Amendola said: "Bottom line, Jerry has always maintained his innocence, from the first allegation, and continues to maintain innocence. What happens with any additional charges which may be filed remains to be seen."