In one of the more disturbing reads this morning, The New York Daily News has an exclusive with a 48-year-old Pennsylvania man who alleges that Jerry Sandusky was a member of a tri-state child-prostitution ring that involved the late Phil Foglietta — a football coach at a top-tier Brooklyn private school who was also accused of raping and molesting young boys. Greg Bucceroni, as the NYDN reports, sent an e-mail this week to officials at Poly Prep, the Brooklyn private school where Foglietta was a football coach, saying:

(Between) 1977-1980 I was a child prostitute associated with a tri-state (NYC-NJ-PA) pedophile ring. (During the) summer of 1979 I was brought to the State College area by Ed Savitz for the purpose of child prostitution with Jerry Sandusky at a Second Mile fundraiser ... Due to time constraints, Sandusky became unavailable and I was introduced to Phil Foglietta by Ed Savitz & Jerry Sandusky. Foglietta was introduced to us as Coach Phil who coached youth football in NYC. Foglietta agreed to pay $200.00 for child sex and followed us back to a Philadelphia hotel, myself (sic)ad another child prostitute then engaged coach Phil in child sex.

A prostitution ring that crosses state lines? A connection (again) to Sandusky's Second Mile charity, where Sandusky allegedly found his victims? Scary stuff. And scarier when you think about the fact that the Feds, as Radar reported in August, were investigating allegations of a possible child sex ring that Sandusky was running with Penn State boosters (there's no word yet if Bucceroni's ring is different or related). Of course, the big question here is if Bucceroni's claims have any weight — they've surfaced right as the Poly Prep trial's judge urged that a settlement be reached as well as news of ABC News landing the first interview with Sandusky's "Victim #1" (no word on an air date). A district attorney involved with the prosecution of the man name-checked by Bucceroni in the e-mail, Ed Savitz — Savitz died of AIDS while facing multiple counts of sex abuse in 1993 — said this was the first she heard of the Sandusky connection, while the NYDN adds that Bucceroni says he's working with the FBI and law enforcement authorities.