BELLEFONTE, Pa.—The need for extra security outside the Centre County Courthouse because of Jerry Sandusky's sentencing nearly kept an inmate from being able to attend the funeral for his 2-year-old daughter.

County officials said the sheriff's office was not going to have the manpower to escort 27-year-old Joshua Steele to the funeral because of added security at the courthouse for Sandusky's sentencing Tuesday morning.

But the Centre Daily Times reports ( Bellefonte Police Chief Shawn Weaver offered up two of his officers to take Steele, who is serving time on a theft charge from July. His daughter died Thursday.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June.


Information from: Centre Daily Times,