Jeffrey Sandusky, the 41-year-old adopted son of the former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, pled guilty on Friday to 14 counts of child sexual abuse.
The guilty plea arrived one week before Jeffrey Sandusky’s trial was scheduled to begin in Centre County, Pennsylvania.
Police launched an investigation against Jeffrey Sandusky in November 2016 after a minor claimed that they had received text messages from Sandusky asking her for nude photos. The child was the daughter of a woman Sandusky once dated.
The criminal complaint filed against Sandusky said that a second minor was also involved in abuse that occurred in 2013.
Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said that the pre-trial guilty plea ensures a “significant prison sentence” for Sandusky.
“While we were fully prepared to proceed to trial, today’s guilty plea to all charges ensures a significant prison sentence for defendant’s solicitation of child sex crimes with two minors that once completely trusted him,” Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller told Philadelphia’s CBS 3 Eye Witness News.
“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. We are happy that these girls can move forward and experience a life with adults that deserve their trust.”
Sandusky is the son of Jerry Sandusky, a former football coach for Penn State who was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys over the span of 15 years. The senior Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of 48 total counts of sex abuse and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
- This article originally appeared on HuffPost.