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Judge's Ties To Sandusky's Charity, Bail Questioned

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Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football team assistant coach accused of molesting boys, is collecting a substantial monthly pension payment from the university, according to a newspaper report.

According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, Sandusky took a nearly $150,000 lump sum payment at retirement, and still gets almost $60,000 a year.

And that's not all.

FOX 29 News has uncovered a link between Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile, and the judge presiding over his case.

Prosecutors say Sandusky met his victims through Second Mile and Sandusky's foundation for at-risk kids.

We poured through the charity's donation records from 2009 and found that the judge who handled his preliminary arraignment gave Second Mile somewhere between $500 and $1,000 and has volunteered with the group. That's the same judge who released Sandusky on $100,000 unsecured bail.

That means Magisterial District Justice Linda Leslie Dutchcot required Sandusky to just sign his name on a piece of paper, and he was set free. There was no leg monitor, and no big bail. Prosecutors had asked for a half-million dollars at least.

FOX 29's Steve Keeley spoke early Monday morning with state Rep. Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery County), who said, "These details have got to be reviewed."

"I'm sending off a letter to Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Ron Castillo and asking him to look at what happened here, to look at the reports that are out there, and if in fact does this district justice has a conflict of interest," Vereb said.

He added, "We want to make sure that the defendant's … question bail is questioned, that the relationship is questioned, and that this guy either a) be in jail pending his hearing or b) have more secure bail or with the bracelet, as I believe was suggested by the attorney general."

Keeley noted that a Philadelphia high school baseball coach got $500,000 bail in a case on charges of allegedly molesting on child.

"Clearly this bail is not consistent with some of the more familiar cases we would have in your viewing area, and that's something that has to be reviewed. That relationship has to be reviewed," Vereb said. "The object of bail is to make sure a defendant returns. And it's also to make sure we protect that whatever … was alleged to have happened doesn't happen again. And her word telling him to stay away from kids in his house next to a schoolyard, I'm not feeling too good about that."

Meanwhile, Gov. Tom Corbett said over the weekend that he expects more victims to come forward.

Corbett spoke out on FOX News Sunday about the case.

"What I saw was a failure to act, and I always have said that your actions speak louder than words. That should not have been able to continue," said Corbett, who was attorney general when the investigation began.

Among the people the governor is talking about is assistant coach Mike McQueary, who testified to the grand jury that he saw Sandusky molesting a child in the Penn State showers back in 2002.

McQueary, then a graduate assistant, told head coach Joe Paterno but never went to authorities.

McQeary was placed Friday on administrative leave indefinitely from his current position as the team's wide receivers coach and director of recruiting. Paterno was fired Wednesday.

Corbett also says he blames Paterno for not doing enough.

Saturday was Penn State's first football game without Paterno as their head coach in almost a half a century.

The team's cheering squad stopped by Paterno's house in State College after the loss to Nebraska. Many of them went away wiping tears from their eyes.

The greater Penn State community was shaken to its core, the child sex allegations, the firing of Paterno, and the rioting that followed.

But Friday's vigil and Saturday's game dedicated to the victims have helped to begin the process of picking up the pieces.

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