Browns' Director of Player Personnel Jon Sandusky Takes Leave of Absence Amid Scandal Involving His Father at Penn State
The effects of the accusations of the sexual abuse of children at the hands of former Penn State University defensive coach Jerry Sandusky are being felt in Cleveland, Ohio, where one of his own children works for the Cleveland Browns football team. Sandusky's son, Jon, works as the director of player personnel with the Browns. Jon Sandusky, in light of the scandal that is still unraveling in the news, has opted to take a leave of absence from his position with the Browns.
Jon Sandusky is currently in his second season with the Browns. Prior to coming to Cleveland, Jon spent the past nine seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had joined the Eagles as an intern in 2001, and was named a pro scout the following year. Sandusky remained in that role until he was promoted to pro of personnel in 2008. Prior to his time with the Eagles, Sandusky was a coaching intern at Penn State for one year in 2000.
Jon Sandusky has a connection to the Nittany Lions beyond just being the son of Jerry Sandusky -- he also played there. Sandusky, a native of State College, Pa., was a safety for Penn State from 1996 to 1999, an graduated from there with a degree in exercise science.
Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys over a period of 15 years. The charges span the years of 1994 to 2009, and accuse him of preying on boys that he met through The Second Mile, a charity he founded for at-risk youths. That means his son, Jon, was a player at Penn State when some of the abuses allegedly occurred. Whether or not Jon had any knowledge of his father's abuse, or whether he suffered abuse from his own father, is not yet known.
Penn State's athletic director and vice president are also charged with covering up the alleged sex crimes. The college has banned former coach Jerry Sandusky from the campus in light of the accusations.