Pa. welfare officials see spike in abuse reports

ALTOONA, Pa. (AP) - November 22, 2011

The state Department of Public Welfare tells The Altoona Mirror it received 4,800 reports of suspected abuse in the week following Nov. 5, when Sandusky was charged. Spokeswoman Carey Miller says the department usually gets about 2,300 reports per week.

Miller says the publicity surrounding Sandusky's case is "making people more alert."

The Mirror report says some of the calls are from people saying they were abused in the past. The claims are being referred to law enforcement.

Callers reporting suspected current abuse are being referred to the child protective agencies in their counties.

Sandusky maintains his innocence.

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Information from: Altoona Mirror, http://www.altoonamirror.com

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