Former college coach accused of sex crimes

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - One of the nation's most respected college football teams is in the middle of a sex scandal.

A former Penn State assistant coach was arrested over the weekend, accused of sexual abuse charges.

Two university administrators are also in trouble this morning. Those two administrators just stepped down from their jobs.

They are accused of covering up a sex scandal surrounding assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky was taken into custody over the weekend on charges he sexually abused underage boys.

A 23-page indictment says that from 1994 to 2009, Sandusky abused at least eight boys whom he met through The Second Mile, his charity foundation for at-risk kids.

The incidents are said to have happened in Sandusky's home and on the Penn State campus.

Those who know him are taken aback by the charges.

"Until I hear it from his lips I don't believe it," said Leigh McCauley, a former Second Mile counselor." So there is nothing I've ever seen that would lead me to believe he'd do anything of this nature."

"My dealings with Jerry have been nothing but positive," said high school football coach Jim Cantafio. "He's a great guy. Anybody that knows Jerry will say the same thing."

The state attorney general called Sandusky: "a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys."

The school's athletic director, Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Shultz have stepped down from their jobs. They are charged with lying about what they knew.

They are expected to surrender to police sometime Monday morning.

Sandusky is out of jail on $100,000 bond.

Copyright 2011 WWBT NBC12. All rights reserved.