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Former Penn State football coach faces child abuse charges

Nov 18, 2011 Matt Roesly

Former Penn State University football coach Jerry Sandusky faces 40 counts of sexual abuse of eight young boys that he met through the Second Mile foundation he developed to aid needy children, The New York Times reports. Kimberly Agnsley, operations director at the Danville, Virginia YMCA, where Sandusky interacted with the boys, told the news source that preventative action is taken at her organization to assure the safety of the children. "Anyone that works with our children as far as an employee goes, they undergo the Virginia department of social services background check and it's very extensive," said Agnsley. The problem with Sandusky's case was his history was clean. Having never been convicted of a crime, he passed background screenings from 1994 to 2009, when he allegedly abused the boys. Certain signs may depict if an individual has a tendency for sexual abuse, but assuming guilt is one thing, while knowing is another. Buddy Curry, a former NFL player, told WSET-TV that the best way to avoid any child abuse is to have more than one adult present with a group of kids at all times.