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11-05-2011, 08:39 AM
Ex-Penn St. Coach Charged With Sex Abuse
Updated: Saturday, 05 Nov 2011, 8:17 AM EDT
Published : Saturday, 05 Nov 2011, 8:17 AM EDT
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Former longtime Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, known for his charitable work with at-risk children and for helping establish the school's Linebacker U reputation, is facing charges stemming from an investigation that he indecently assaulted a teenage boy, newspapers reported Friday.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg first reported that charges were filed against Sandusky, 67, and entered into the state court system's online docket. The charging papers, posted online by the newspaper, include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of someone under 16, aggravated indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 16, indecent assault of someone under 13, endangering the welfare of children and corruption of minors.
The paperwork listed a total of 40 counts as being filed in Centre County on Friday, with offenses dating back to 1996. A state police trooper was listed as the arresting officer.
However, the entry apparently disappeared from the court system's online docket later Friday, and a state police spokeswoman couldn't explain why. Court officials in Centre County said Friday they hadn't received the paperwork. The state attorney general's office, which led the investigation, declined to comment.
The attorney general's office had been investigating Sandusky since 2009. Through a lawyer, Sandusky has maintained that he's innocent. A telephone message left at the office of his lawyer on Friday afternoon by The Associated Press wasn't immediately returned.
The allegations surfaced in 2009 while Sandusky was a volunteer assistant high school football coach at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County, the Patriot-News first reported in March. The incidents were alleged to have taken place in Centre County.
The Patriot-News also has reported that state police called witnesses to a May 1998 report by Penn State police detailing an earlier allegation of inappropriate contact against Sandusky by another boy. No charges were ever filed against Sandusky.
Sandusky retired more than a decade ago after 32 years under coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions' national-title teams in 1982 and 1986.
Sandusky also has been lauded for his work with The Second Mile, a charitable organization he founded in 1977 to help at-risk children. He retired from the charity's board last year, and executive vice president Katherine Genovese said then that he had been scaling back his duties in recent years so that he could spend more time with family and deal with his personal life.
The Second Mile released a statement Friday saying staff members were "shaken" by the announcement of charges. It said Sandusky informed the organization in November 2008 that he was being investigated as a result of allegations made against him by an adolescent male.
"Jerry maintains that there is no truth to the allegations," the statement said.
The Second Mile said the charges do not directly involve the organization or its programs. Sandusky had no involvement in children's programs and services at The Second Mile since November 2008, the statement said.
11-05-2011, 09:51 AM
Low down Football Roach/coache's in the U.S. are 98% IMO enemie's of Western man and that if a W.N.government ever came to power they would face capital trial's for race treason and defilement and all their asset's would be taken if convicted.
The dirty SOB's have covered up Rape of beautiful young White Naive College girl's full bore now for 45 years IMO.
Their Foot Ball chamionship b.s. ring that they covet so much could be placed in between their eyes if convicted for the firing
squad to aim at.
I wonder if the truth be known would it be that most of them lust for dung mining ?
11-06-2011, 01:54 AM
Homosexuals do not reproduce at the rate needed to SUSTAIN their population, yet their overall population continues to see exponential growth. The ONLY possible explanation for this growth is RECRUITMENT of youth.
This fact is NEVER mentioned anywhere and the uninformed constantly attack those that sound the alarm about homosexuals having contact with children at schools, hospitals, churches or bands, choirs, and scouting/camping programs.
See the comments posted on this story about the alarm sounded about objecting to children being treated by gay nurses:
A homosexual nurse is no problem for me. I dont believe that just because the male nurse likes men he will molest my son... I mean get real people!
#10 | POSTED BY JUSTAGIRL_IDAHO
Why do homophobes think that gay people are bigger perverts than straight people? Just because a nurse is gay doesn't mean they are any more likely to start inappropriately fondling a patient of the same sex than a straight nurse would be to the opposite sex. Taking a look at Linda Harvey, I don't think her or her daughter have much to worry about in the unwanted sexual gesture department.
#12 | POSTED BY JOE
It is NEVER a good idea for your children to be in the presence of any other adult you do not know the tendencies of and if you do object to children being taught or treated by members of the "gay community", find some OTHER reason to keep them from children or you will be sanctioned for stating the truth or ridiculed for voicing your objections.
11-06-2011, 06:58 AM
Child Sex, Coverup Charges Rock Penn State
GENARO C. ARMAS, Associated Press, MARK SCOLFORO, Associated Press
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - An explosive sex abuse scandal and allegations of a cover-up rocked Happy Valley after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno's heir apparent, was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over 15 years. Among the allegations was that a graduate assistant saw Sandusky assault a boy in the shower at the team's practice center in 2002.
Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to use the school's facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids, where authorities say he encountered the boys. The grand jury investigation also resulted in perjury charges against Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director, and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business. They were accused of failing to alert police — as required by state law — of their investigation of the allegations.
"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys," state Attorney General Linda Kelly said Saturday in a statement.
Paterno, who last week became the coach with the most wins in Division I football history, wasn't charged, and the grand jury report didn't appear to implicate him in wrongdoing.
Under Paterno's four-decades-and-counting stewardship, the Nittany Lions became a bedrock in the college game, and fans packed the stadium in State College, a campus town routinely ranked among America's best places to live and nicknamed Happy Valley. Paterno's teams were revered both for winning games — including two national championships — and largely steering clear of trouble. Sandusky, whose defenses were usually anchored by tough-guy linebackers — hence the moniker "Linebacker U" — spent three decades at the school. The charges against him cover the period from 1994 to 2009.
Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Curley, 57, and Schultz, 62, were expected to turn themselves in on Monday in Harrisburg.
The allegations against Sandusky, who started The Second Mile in 1977, range from sexual advances to touching to oral and anal sex. The young men testified before a state grand jury that they were in their early teens when some of the abuse occurred; there is evidence even younger children may have been victimized. Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola said his client has been aware of the accusations for about three years and has maintained his innocence.
"He's shaky, as you can expect," Amendola told WJAC-TV after Sandusky was arraigned. "Being 67 years old, never having faced criminal charges in his life and having the distinguished career that he's had, these are very serious allegations."
A preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday would likely be delayed, Amendola said. Sandusky is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault.
No one answered a knock at the door Saturday at Sandusky's modest, two-story brick home at the end of a dead-end road in State College. A man who answered the door at The Second Mile office in State College declined to give his name and said the organization had no comment.
The grand jury said eight boys were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky. None was named, and in at least one case, the jury said the child's identity remains unknown to authorities.
One accuser, now 27, testified that Sandusky initiated contact with a "soap battle" in the shower that led to multiple instances of involuntary sexual intercourse and indecent assault at Sandusky's hands, the grand jury report said.
He said he traveled to charity functions and Penn State games with Sandusky, even being listed as a member of the Sandusky family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and 1999 Alamo Bowl. But when the boy resisted his advances, Sandusky threatened to send him home from the Alamo Bowl, the report said.
Sandusky also gave him clothes, shoes, a snowboard, golf clubs, hockey gear and football jerseys, and even guaranteed that he could walk on to the football team, the grand jury said, and the boy also appeared with Sandusky in a photo in Sports Illustrated. He testified that Sandusky once gave him $50 to buy marijuana, drove him to purchase it and then drove him home as the boy smoked the drug.
The first case to come to light was a boy who met Sandusky when he was 11 or 12, the grand jury said. The boy received expensive gifts and trips to sports events from Sandusky, and physical contact began during his overnight stays at Sandusky's home, jurors said. Eventually, the boy's mother reported the allegations of sexual assault to his high school, and Sandusky was banned from the child's school district in Clinton County in 2009. That triggered the state investigation that culminated in charges Saturday.
But the report also alleges much earlier instances of abuse and details failed efforts to stop it by some who became aware of what was happening.
Another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him in fall 2000, the grand jury said.
And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.
Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.
"Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law," Kelly said.
There's no indication that anyone at school attempted to find the boy or follow up with the witness, she said.
Curley denied that the assistant had reported anything of a sexual nature, calling it "merely 'horsing around,'" the 23-page grand jury report said. But he also testified that he barred Sandusky from bringing children onto campus and that he advised Penn State President Graham Spanier of the matter.
The grand jury said Curley was lying, Kelly said, adding that it also deemed portions of Schultz's testimony not to be credible.
Schultz told the jurors he also knew of a 1998 investigation involving sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with a boy in the showers the football team used.
But despite his job overseeing campus police, he never reported the 2002 allegations to any authorities, "never sought or received a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002," the jurors wrote. "No one from the university did so."
Lawyers for both Curley and Schultz issued statements saying they are innocent of all charges.
In response to a request for comment from Paterno, a spokesman for the athletic department said all such questions would be referred to university representatives, who released a statement from Spanier calling the allegations against Sandusky "troubling" and adding that Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support.
He predicted they will be exonerated.
"I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," Spanier said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee."
Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions' national-title teams in 1982 and 1986. The team is enjoying another successful run this season; at 8-1, Penn State is ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and is the last undefeated squad in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions were off Saturday.
As the head football coach, Paterno has spent years cultivating a reputation for putting integrity ahead of modern college-sports economics. It's a notion that has benefited Penn State's marketing and recruiting efforts over the decades and one that the Big Ten school's alumni proudly tout years after they leave.
"We're supposed to be one of the universities to follow after, someone to look up to," said sophomore Brian Prewitt of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "Now that people on the top are involved, it's going to be bad."
11-06-2011, 08:36 AM
Media has portrayed rear ending nutz as happy go lucky wonderfuls for thirty years now.
The Regimes Legion's now allow prancing fudge packer's to display themselves openly now, as this IMO shows clearly what kind of people have got the levers of power today.
Dec. 1913 Christmas Eve and the planned horror tragedy of August 1914 has lead US to this day, but now how will a dumbed down people dealing with a maasive hostile open border invasion for decades survive or thrive ?
Our people have been out lawed from being able to resist perversion and predator's of our race openly IMO.
11-06-2011, 04:54 PM
"He's shaky, as you can expect," Amendola told WJAC-TV after Sandusky was arraigned. "Being 67 years old, never having faced criminal charges in his life and having the distinguished career that he's had, these are very serious allegations."
If he had any dignity whatsoever, he'd blow his own GD brains out...BEFORE THE TRIAL.
11-06-2011, 06:40 PM
Here's the grand jury presentment & "Findings of Fact" -- http://media.philly.com/documents/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-Presentment.pdf
Warning, it is a bit graphic, actually describing what Child Victims "alleged" and what witnesses even saw.
And yes, Paterno knew about this. Many knew!
11-07-2011, 07:48 PM
If he had any dignity whatsoever, he'd blow his own GD brains out...BEFORE THE TRIAL
I have NOTHING but disdain for College and Pro sports, from the USCG incident posted right here with a ball player. " yeah "
The fans and and whole disgusting operation is sick and has been sick for over a half century.
There is no Nation when its founding race can't call out FOULS as they see them.
The college sports system is rotten through the core for over a half century.
All of those over the decades including aministrators or any others who helped cover up should be brought to trial for high crimes if WN had the power IMO.
50 years of covering up for Rapists is long over due for a good look.
Notice how the filthy con-servative's are defending the latest case of Mah Dik in the fake national political show.
Most of the victims would never come forward decades later to tell their stories.
Even in a small community college sport system ape rapists are covered up for, and when a trial happens all the alpabet groups are in the court room yelling racists so the brain washed older White women blame an 18 year old Naive pretty White girl, and they go free back to the city etc.
11-09-2011, 06:54 AM
Possible 9th Victim Contacts Cops In Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal
November 8, 2011 2:50 PM
MONTOURSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Another potential victim has contacted authorities in the child sexual abuse investigation of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, a state police criminal investigation supervisor said Tuesday.
The man, now an adult, contacted the department on Sunday after seeing media accounts of Sandusky’s arrest, Lt. David Young at the Montoursville station said.
Young said investigators took a statement from him and forwarded it to the Rockview station for officers there to pursue.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, which first reported that the man had come forward, said he is in his 20s, knew Sandusky from The Second Mile charity and had never told his parents or authorities about the alleged encounters from about a decade ago.
Young declined to release the man’s name or provide details about what he claims occurred.
At a news conference in Harrisburg on Monday, Attorney General Linda Kelly and state police Commissioner Frank Noonan urged any additional victims, or anyone with information that might help their investigation, to contact police.
Sandusky, 67, has maintained his innocence, his lawyer said in the wake of charges that include subjecting children to sex acts in the football team’s showers on campus. Authorities say eight children were victimized over 15 years, including two whose identities have not been determined.
11-10-2011, 06:25 PM
Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky
Does anyone have evidence this guy is Jewish? His behavior would so indicate.
11-10-2011, 06:31 PM
11-10-2011, 07:58 PM
I loathe and detest modern "higher education" especially its "athletic" programs but most of all the white cattle that crowd into the stadiums to support them.
11-12-2011, 06:51 PM
Joe Paterno And The Penn State Rape Scandal: Discrediting The Opiate Of America
By Paul Kersey on November 12, 2011
Years from now, when American patriots have restored order to their nation and secured a future for “our posterity”—in the words of the Preamble to the Constitution—historians will look back on the early part of November 2011 and say that State College, Pennsylvania provided a perfect case study of the narcotic that fogged so many Americans’ minds, distracting them from the increasingly urgent implications of the National Question.
Longtime head football coach of Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) Joe Paterno was fired last week for his failure to handle charges of rape and sexual abuse of young men brought against former Penn State defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky back in 2002. Indeed, many within the athletic department and school administration have lost their jobs over this blatant cover-up, and Paterno’s 46-year coaching legacy is now irrevocably besmirched.
Read the gruesome Grand Jury report that details just exactly what Paterno and the Penn State higher-ups tried to conceal.
It looks like something incredibly sinister was going on at Penn State—respected Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden has reported the rumor young boys were being systematically pimped out to rich donors. :eek: Each passing day, we will learn more damning details of just what was going on in the community known as “Happy Valley.”
But November 9, 2011, the date of Paterno’s firing, is also notable as the date when we learned exactly why college football is accurately described as the Opiate of America. Thousands of Penn State students, almost all white, took the streets to riot as the news became public.
They didn’t riot over the fact that Philadelphia is now home to some of the most violent Flash Mobs in the country. They didn’t riot over the hundreds of thousands of dollars in student loan debt they will rack up in earning a degree that will get them a job serving tables. No—they rioted over the firing of a coach who concealed the raping of boys by a pederast whom the North American Man Boy Love Association (NAMBLA) probably considers a hero.
Steve Sailer jokes that “aggressive rich men manipulating college football [is] a fine substitute for manipulating the USAF into bombing your relatives' tribal enemies for them.”
But, although I’m a serious football fan, I don’t take a benign view of it at all. Students and alumni living vicariously through the exploits of their particular college football teams, deriving their identity and happiness in life by what transpires on a football field on fall Saturdays, is a sickness in our society.
In the minds of thousands who took to the streets of State College on Wednesday night, Saint Joe Paterno could literally do no wrong:
“A man near the front of the room repeatedly yelled, ‘The campus is going to burn!’ while Surma attempted to give answers. The school was not in fact torched, at least not as of about 1 a.m. ET Thursday, but students took to the streets of downtown State College to protest the decision.
‘There's much more anger here,’ freshman Steven Garner said. ‘[Monday] night was more like a rally by a community. Things are being broken tonight.’
Students turned over a TV station's satellite truck on College Avenue and also tore down a light post and some street signs before police in riot gear used mace to disperse the crowd. Students also flooded Beaver Avenue and the lawn in front of Old Main, the school's administration building. Some set off fireworks on Beaver, while chants of ‘F— the trustees!’ could be heard.”
Surreal scene after Joe Paterno's Firing, By Brian Bennett and Wayne Drehs, ESPN.com, November 9, 2011
Is it any wonder that the United States is in its current parlous situation? Jobs are being shipped overseas. Those students preparing to graduate from Penn State are about to enter one of the worst job markets in history. Yet they riot over the dismissal of a head coach--a man they apparently credited with the same God-like qualities as the Steve Jobs was upon his death.
There’s more. Lost in the present furor is the fact that, over the last 10 years, Penn State has come to rely on disreputable recruits to keep alive the football glory of the past. Sports Illustrated recently found that Penn State ranked fourth in the 2010 Top 25 for players with the highest arrest rates.
Indeed, today the bulk of the players on any college football team have no business attending the school--and would not be there if were it not for their ability to elicit the blind devotion on display in the Paterno riot.
Back in 2008, ESPN did an Outside the Line investigation of the Penn State football program, publishing these unsettling findings:
“Since 2002, 46 Penn State football players have faced 163 criminal charges, according to an ESPN analysis of Pennsylvania court records and reports. Twenty-seven players have been convicted of or have pleaded guilty to a combined 45 counts.
“Most recently, former wide receiver Chris Bell pleaded guilty July 22 to making terroristic threats for an April incident in which he pulled a knife on a teammate in a university dining hall.
“These criminal charges coincide with concerns from a former player, a recruiting analyst, local media and others that Penn State has pursued recruits who are good athletes but might have questionable character issues, in order to improve performance. The team under head coach Joe Paterno faced an unprecedented four out of five losing seasons from 2000 to 2004.
“Paterno says the allegations about recruiting are simply not true.
“‘We tried to get kids that were good, solid kids,’ the coach said. ‘We may have made a mistake or two, but there was no deliberate attempt.’
“Penn State's certainly isn't the only football team with athletes running afoul of the law.
“Since January, players from Florida State University, the University of Iowa, the University of Georgia and the University of Colorado have been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, including possession of illegal drugs, assault, sexual assault and robbery.”
Has Penn State's on-field progress led to off-field problems? By Paula Lavigne, ESPN, July 27, 2008
Rumors were common in the early 2000s that Paterno needed to step down because he could no longer recruit athletes with “speed” (a euphemism for “black athlete” employed by sports analysts). Thus Rivals.com--along with Scout.com one of the immensely popular web sites that millions of grown men spend hours of their time on researching the 40 yard dash times ,bench press statistics, and other measurables of high school athletes, predominately black, who might be attending their beloved college, published an unflattering story on Penn State’s lack of recruiting success in 2003: Penn State's problem is not recruiting, By Phil Grosz, November 10, 2003]
After that, the floodgates were apparently opened, bringing kids of low character to the school in a convulsive effort to “just win, baby!”
Here’s something that, needless to say, went unmentioned in the ESPN story: a rundown of the players who were arrested at Penn State from 2002- 2007. The vast majority of players in trouble with the law were black players. But Penn State’s student body is 75 percent white and 5 percent black. In other words, Penn State’s football program was actively recruiting athletes who brought crime to the school.
One such prized black recruit, LaVon Chisley, was kicked off the team after severe disciplinary problems and was promptly convicted of murder after gruesomely stabbing his victim 93 times. [Ex-Penn St. football player gets life in prison for murder, September 29, 2007] But, hey, he ran a fast 40-yard-dash!
Similar incidents involving out-of-control players are occurring in college towns across America. At Colorado-Boulder; University of Oregon; at the University of Washington; at the University of Miami; and at Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, the administration, alumni, student body and fans have turned a blind eye to the criminal behavior of players as long as wins are piling up on the football field the school’s coffers are filling up in the form of revenue and donations from fans.
Thus back in the 1980s, Barry Switzer’s Oklahoma Sooners were the poster child for lawbreaking in college football but the alumni and administration loved him as long as his teams won. Of course, the majority of the players breaking the law were black—although they represent less than 2 percent of the overall student body population.
Same with the Nebraska Cornhuskers’ so-called conservative Tom Osborne: he regularly played black athletes who got in trouble with the law—most notably Lawrence Phillips, who was accused of dragging his girlfriend down the stairs and beating her—but, hey, he produced national championships for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.
And is there any need to even bring up the Miami Hurricanes program of the 1980s and 90s, one that even Sports Illustrated’s Alexander Wolff actually urged should be cancelled? [Broken Beyond Repair, June 12, 1995] (Of course, it wasn’t).
The tragic fact is that many Americans derive their entire identity out of their alma mater. Since we are no longer allowed to have an American identity (and yes, that does mean an identity derived from our European racial and cultural heritage), we can have a Penn State identity; or an Auburn identity; or a Texas A&M identity.
When good people—and college football fans are some of the most conservative in the country--care more about how their football teams performs, then the future of their country, you understand the power of the opiate.
We can riot when a coach who covered up a child rapist's actions is fired. But when illegal aliens rape and kill our citizens, we hardly even notice.
But the day will come when American patriots salvage something out of this wrecked nation. And historians will look back on the Penn State scandal and date from it the discrediting of Opiate of America that delayed that day for so long.
11-15-2011, 06:52 AM
Is Mike McQueary Changing His Story?
Updated: Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011, 8:51 AM EST
Published : Tuesday, 15 Nov 2011, 8:51 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA - NBC News has released an e-mail from Ped State assistant coach Mike McQueary claiming he broke up an alleged sexual encounter between Jerry Sandusky and a boy in 2002.
If it is an e-mail from McQueary to former Penn State teammates , as NBC claims, the document apparently contradicts his testimony to a grand jury in December 2010, or is information not included in the grand jury presentment released on November 4.
In the purported e-mail to his Penn State teammates, sent at an unknown time, McQueary says, “the truth is not out there fully... I didn't just turn and run... I made sure it stopped..."
McQueary reportedly was speaking to a lawyer on Monday and hasn’t commented publicly since the scandal broke.
In the grand jury presentment, the account of McQueary’s testimony says he told the jury he heard the encounter between Sandusky and what he believed was a 10-year-old boy, saw the two in a shower in a apparent sexual attack and “left immediately, distraught.” :mad:
McQueary’s testimony is key in the perjury part of the trial of Penn State administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, and potential civil litigation against former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.
Curley and Schultz testified that McQueary didn’t tell them of the graphic sexual nature of the incident that happened on March 1, 2002.
McQueary told the jury he did, and the jury found his testimony “extremely credible.”
Paterno testified to the jury that McQueary told him Sandusky was doing “fondling or something of a sexual nature” to the victim.
Neither Curley, Schultz, Paterno or McQueary reported the incident to campus police.
As of Tuesday, Curley and McQueary were on administrative leave from Penn State, while Schultz has retired. Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired last Wednesday.
McQueary also has received death threats and may be in protective custody in the case.
11-15-2011, 07:04 AM
I Enjoy Young People: Jerry Sandusky
Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky claimed he was innocent of the charges against him and denied being sexually attracted to underage boys during an interview with Bob Costas.
By David Chang | Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011 | Updated 8:51 AM
Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky spoke exclusively with NBC’s Bob Costas over the phone Monday night during an interview for “Rock Center with Brian Williams.” It was Sandusky’s first interview since he was arrested and charged with over 40 counts of sexual assault.
Costas didn’t waste any words, getting straight to the explosive allegations against Sandusky.
When asked if he is sexually attracted to underage boys, Sandusky replied, "Sexually attracted? No, I enjoy young people. :rolleyes: I love to be around them, um, but no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys."
“I am innocent of those charges,” said Sandusky. “I have horsed around with kids, I have showered after workouts, I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact.”
Costas then asked about claims from former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary that he witnessed Sandusky raping an underage boy back in 2002.
“That’s false,” said Sandusky. When Costas asked him what McQueary’s motivation would be to lie, Sandusky replied by saying “you would have to ask him that.”
Sandusky instead said that he and the boy “were showering and horsing around." He went on to claim that the boy turned on all the showers and was sliding across the floor. He also claimed he recalls possibly snapping the towel in horseplay.
Costas then questioned Sandusky about a reported incident in 1998 in which a mother angrily confronted him about taking a shower with her son and inappropriately touching him.
“I can’t exactly recall what was said there,” said Sandusky. “What I did say is that if he felt that way, then I was wrong.”
Costas reminded Sandusky that he said he was wrong, asked for forgiveness and that he reportedly told the mother he wished he were dead.
“I don’t know, I didn’t say to my recollection that I wish I were dead,” replied Sandusky. “I was hopeful that we could reconcile things.”
Costas then brought up a janitor’s claim that he witnessed Sandusky performing oral sex back on a young boy in the showers of the Penn State locker room in 2000, claims Sandusky also denied. When Costas asked why anyone would fabricate such a story, Sandusky simply said, “you’d have to ask them.”
Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola also appeared on the show and insisted that the charges against his client would not hold up.
“We expect we’re going to have a number of kids, now how many of those so-called eight kids? We’re not sure. But we anticipate we’re going to have several of those kids come forward and say ‘this never happened, this is me, the allegation, it never occurred.’”
Amendola then claimed that the alleged victim in the incident McQueary described said himself that it never happened. When Costas told Amendola that the alleged victim could not even be identified by the commonwealth, the attorney said that he “thinks he found him.”
Amendola then told Costas that he “believed in Jerry’s innocence,” and that he would even allow his own children to be alone with him.
Switching back to Sandusky, Costas asked him if former Penn State coach Joe Paterno had any information on activities prior to the 2002 report.
“I can’t totally answer that question,” said Sandusky. “My answer would be no.”
Sandusky also claimed Paterno never spoke to him directly about his behavior or expressed disapproval.
Sandusky was also questioned on how he felt about the effects the scandal had on Penn State University.
“How would you think I would feel about a University that I attended, about people that I worked with, about people that I cared so much about?” replied Sandusky.
Yet while Sandusky claimed he felt horrible, he also said did not feel guilty or culpable.
“No, I don’t think it’s my fault,” said Sandusky. “But I’ve obviously played a part of this. In retrospect, I shouldn’t have showered with those kids. That’s what hits me the most.”
Costas then asked Sandusky about how he felt about his public perception as a monster since the allegations broke.
“I don’t know what I can say or what I could say that would make anybody feel any different now,” said Sandusky. “I would just say that if somehow people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight for my innocence, that’s about all I could ask right now.”
The interview then closed with the following from Sandusky:
“Obviously, it’s a huge challenge.”
11-17-2011, 07:54 AM
Second Mile Camp Had Cross Dressing
Updated: Monday, 14 Nov 2011, 5:18 PM EST
Published : Monday, 14 Nov 2011, 5:17 PM EST
PHILADELPHIA - Only on Fox: a former Berks County camp operator speaks about summer camp programs run by the Second Mile, the foundation started by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky.
Second Mile has strongly stated that none of its programs or activities was linked to the alleged charges against Sandusky.
Rob Lehr, a former camp operator, is speaking out about what he saw and heard. He rented the camp to the group for a four-week period annually. The camp has now been sold and Second Mile no longer uses the facility.
"Not surprised at all," Lehr told Fox 29.
Lehr is the former director of a camp in the deep woods of Berks County, where children from the Second Mile would come each summer for several years.
"I never saw anything illegal. I would have reported it in a heart beat. Did I see things that I thought were immoral? Yes," Lehr said.
But last week when the child sex abuse charges surfaced against Sandusky, Lehr started remembering Sandusky's 4-week Second Mile camp.
"It always seemed a little secretive," he says.
He says he never witnessed any inappropriate sexual contact, but witnessed some questionable activity.
"Camp counselors cross dressing for one of the evening events with children. The following year now they [had] some of the boys cross dressing," he says.
Lehr also said shower curtains would be taken down when Second Mile was at the camp.
Lehr has not been interviewed by state investigators on the Sandusky case, but he says if asked he would cooperate.
"In hindsight you kind of look back and give it a second thought now," he says.
We called Second Mile and emailed the main offices for a comment. They did not respond.
We also reached out to the law firm now representing the second mile and former Philadelphia district attorney Lynne Abraham who is now the lead attorney for Second Mile.
Abraham's spokesperson said she had not seen the specifics in our story and may comment at some future date.
11-17-2011, 10:46 AM
Police: Penn State asst. didn't tell us of abuse
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State police and their counterparts in State College said they had no record of a former graduate assistant reporting a sexual assault by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky on a 10-year-old boy in a campus shower, a detail that runs counter to claims made in an email to former teammates.
The police response to Mike McQueary's claim that he reported the alleged assault came shortly after a lawyer said Wednesday that he had a client who would testify that he was sexually abused by Sandusky, who is accused of abusing eight boys, some on campus, over 15 years.
"I am appalled by the fact that Mr. Sandusky has elected to re-victimize these young men at a time when they should be healing," Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi said in a statement released by his office. "He fully intends to testify that he was severely sexually assaulted by Mr. Sandusky."
The client is not the same boy McQueary told a grand jury he saw being sexually assaulted by Sandusky in a shower on university property in 2002.
McQueary, who is now an assistant coach but has been placed on administrative leave, wrote in the email given to The Associated Press that he had "discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police" about what he saw. In the email, McQueary did not specify whether he spoke to campus or State College police.
State College borough police Chief Tom King said McQueary didn't make a report to his department. Penn State spokeswoman Annemarie Mountz said campus police also didn't have any record of a report filed in 2002 by McQueary.
Mountz noted that the 23-page grand jury report was the state attorney general's summary of testimony, so it's unclear what McQueary's full testimony was. McQueary and a law firm representing him did not return phone calls Wednesday.
Pennsylvania lawmakers are starting to plan for a special commission that will examine the legal issues raised by the child sex-abuse scandal, which has raised questions both ethical and criminal about why allegations of abuse went unreported for so long.
The scandal has resulted in the ousting of school President Graham Spanier and longtime coach Joe Paterno, and has brought shame to one of college football's legendary programs. Athletic Director Tim Curley has been placed on administrative leave, and Vice President Gary Schultz, who was in charge of the university's police department, has stepped down.
Schultz and Curley are charged with lying to the grand jury and failure to report to police, and Sandusky is charged with child sex abuse. All maintain their innocence.
The commission being set up by Pennsylvania lawmakers will consider changes to state law in the wake of the scandal. The plan was described as being in the planning stage, including meetings of leaders and their aides.
Topics are likely to include mandatory reporting of suspected abuse, and the legal definition of child abuse, said Senate Democratic spokeswoman Lisa Scullin.
Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, appeared with him on NBC's "Rock Center" on Monday night and cast doubt on the evidence in the case.
"We anticipate we're going to have at least several of those kids come forward and say, 'This never happened. This is me. This is the allegation. It never occurred,'" Amendola said.
Sandusky, 67, appeared on the show by phone and said he had showered with boys but never molested them.
It remains unclear how many accusers have surfaced more than a week after state police and the attorney general's office said at a news conference they were seeking additional potential victims and witnesses.
Andreozzi said he has his "finger on the pulse" of the case and knows of no accusers changing their stories or refusing to testify.
"To the contrary, others are actually coming forward, and I will have more information for you later this week," Andreozzi said.
State police spokeswoman Maria Finn said investigators have told her that published accounts reporting how many people have come forward are inaccurate and they are not disclosing their internal figures.
Some plaintiffs' lawyers are starting to advertise on their websites for potential Sandusky victims, vowing to get justice. Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minn., attorney, has long represented clergy abuse victims and told The Associated Press that he has been retained by several people he described as Sandusky victims.
"There's a great deal of fury and confusion," particularly because Sandusky is free on bail, Anderson said. "Getting (them) help and cooperating with law enforcement is our first priority."
The "time for reckoning," in the form of civil lawsuits, will come later, Anderson said.
Anderson declined to say whether his clients are among the eight boys who were labeled as victims in the grand jury report.
A new judge has been assigned to handle the charges against Sandusky. The change removed a State College judge with ties to a charity founded by Sandusky for at-risk children, The Second Mile.
Sandusky is due in court on Dec. 7, and a Westmoreland County senior district judge will preside over his preliminary hearing. Robert E. Scott is taking over the hearing from Centre County District Judge Leslie Dutchcot.
Dutchcot has donated money to The Second Mile, where authorities say Sandusky met his victims. The office said Scott has no known ties to Penn State or The Second Mile.
In State College, Penn State announced that David M. Joyner, a physician and member of its board of trustees who played football and wrestled for the school, will serve as acting athletic director, replacing Curley on an interim basis.
New details have also emerged about how the case ended up in the hands of the state attorney general's office. Former Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira said that his wife's brother was Sandusky's adopted son.
"I reviewed it, and I made the decision it needed to be investigated further," Madeira said. "But the apparent conflict of interest created an impediment for me to make those kinds of decisions."
11-24-2011, 07:46 AM
Family Member Accuses Sandusky of Abuse
Jerry Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola says 1 of the 2 new sexual abuse allegations is from a family member of the former coach
By Lou Dubois | Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 | Updated 11:02 PM
In the latest twist to the Jerry Sandusky alleged child sex scandal, it appears that one of the two new sexual abuse allegations we told you about yesterday was made by a family member of the former Penn State football coach.
Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola told Sara Ganim of The Patriot-News that the one allegation stems from difficulties within the child’s immediate family, a statement he later confirmed to NBC News. He said the assault is alleged to have occurred prior to Sandusky’s arrest earlier this month, but was not brought to the authorities attention until after the former Penn State coach was charged.
The Patriot-News is withholding the child’s relationship to Sandusky to shield the child’s identity.
To the Associated Press, Amendola characterized the second claim as an example of people trying to mimic other allegations.
"That doesn't surprise me because we believe there would be a number of copycat allegations, people who really maybe not even had direct contact with Jerry but...try to jump on the bandwagon."
If the accusations result in charges, Amendola said they'll be vigorously contested.
These two new accusations are being investigated by the state's Children and Youth Services, which means the accusations are coming not from adults, but from children. Right now, there are eight other alleged cases mentioned in the Grand Jury report.
A ninth person reportedly came forward with allegations after Sandusky's arrest on Nov. 5. In each of those cases, the alleged victims are now adults.
11-24-2011, 07:34 PM
Supporting, Defending, or Enabling a pedophile or homosexual or buying into their BS arguments (they were "born this way" or "how do you KNOW they are gay?" or they are "just people, just like everybody else" or "marriage is just between two people who "love" each other...or any of the other homo blather) carries certain penalty.
What could possibly be worth this guy's continued freedom?
11-25-2011, 06:48 AM
PSU Child Sex Abuse Accuser Tries to Stop Sandusky Charity From Transferring Assets: NYT
Lawyers say at least 11 alleged victims of abuse plan to sue State College-based charity
By Dan Stamm | Friday, Nov 25, 2011 | Updated 7:45 AM
Lawyers for one of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims went to court earlier this week to try and stop the charity the alleged child sex abuser founded from diverting and/or transferring assets, the New York Times reported.
The injunction -- filed in state court Wednesday -- seeks to freeze the more than $9 million that the Second Mile reportedly had in assets last year, the Times reported.
Lawyers representing “Victim 4” say that at least 11 other people allegedly victimized by Sandusky plan on suing the charity found almost 35 years ago by the former Penn State assistant football coach, the Times said.
Lawyers for some of his victims explained to the Times why they wanted to freeze Sandusky's charity's assets:
“We felt it was necessary to take this action after learning the organization was considering transferring its programs and not continuing its operations,” Benjamin Andreozzi and Jeffrey Fritz, lawyers for a client they referred to as Victim 4, said in a statement. “We believe it is in the best interest of our clients, as well as the other victims, to ensure that the organization is being financially responsible.”
Andreozzi, based in Harrisburg, Pa., has advised or is representing several Sandusky accusers. He recently partnered with Fritz, a Philadelphia lawyer. The injunction requests that Second Mile assets “not be dissipated, encumbered or in any way obligated or disturbed in any form and should be available to victims of sexual abuse.”
Sources told NBC Philadelphia last week that the Second Mile -- an organization geared towards serving disadvantaged children -- was considering closing down and dispersing its programming to other non-profits.
The injunction wouldn’t stop the State College-based charity from its current operation but would safeguard any organization money from being untouchable in civil proceedings, lawyers told the Time.
11-28-2011, 06:47 AM
Another Possible Sandusky Accuser Contacts Police
Man incarcerated in Oklahoma contacted police about alleged abuse by Jerry Sandusky
Sunday, Nov 27, 2011 | Updated 9:34 PM
Penn State police say they have received a letter from a person who says he may have been “possibly assaulted” by Jerry Sandusky, the ex-defensive coordinator charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period.
The Centre Daily Times reported that the letter from a man incarcerated in Oklahoma was received Friday and was sent to the state Attorney General's office, which is continuing its investigation of Sandusky, according to Penn State police Sgt. Bill Wagner.
The grand jury report issued when Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 lists eight purported victims, none identified by name, though at least two more possible accusers' claims are being investigated.
The Attorney General's office did not comment on the letter sent from Oklahoma.
12-01-2011, 06:16 AM
Attorney: Sandusky Began Abuse In 70’s, Likely Has More Than 100 Victims
December 1, 2011 7:55 AM
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Minnesota-based lawyer who filed a lawsuit Wednesday in Philadelphia on behalf of a new victim of Jerry Sandusky, says he believes the ex-Penn State defensive coach’s alleged misconduct with young boys may stretch back into the 1970s.
A man identified simply as “John Doe A” in the suit alleges Jerry Sandusky molested him at least 100 times during a four-year period from 1992 to 1996, including at least one time in Philadelphia.
“There was some resistance at that particular time. Sandusky made a threat to him that nobody would believe him and a threat to his family and he coerced him into some further silence,” says Jeff Anderson, “John Doe A’s” attorney.
The suit says the victim was part of Sandusky’s “Second Mile” program for kids from dysfunctional families and the abuse began when he was 10.
Anderson says he has 28 years of experience representing child-sex abuse victims. He has gained a national reputation for pursuing clergy-sex abuse cases against the Catholic Church.
“Based on experience, on the investigation we have here, what has been revealed publicly that this profile reveals a very dangerous and cunning man who probably has been accessing kids since he founded that charity in ’77 if not before.” That charity, being Second Mile.
The suit names Second Mile, Sandusky and Penn State as defendants.
Anderson says he believes there are many more Sandusky victims. “Anybody that is this predatory and unable to control the sexual impulses and this powerful and cunning has statistically, the research shows, at least a 100 victims.”
Anderson says the victim in the first suit filed in the Penn State scandal is now 29 and no longer lives in Pennsylvania. He says he is now telling his story to police and prosecutors.
12-01-2011, 04:59 PM
Considering the felonious Negroes, the nigger-worship and the child-molesting queers, is organized sports REALLY worth it?
12-03-2011, 04:57 PM
Sandusky: Paterno never spoke to me about suspected misconduct: report
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky said Joe Paterno never spoke to him about any suspected misconduct with minors, according to a new report.
Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of molesting eight boys over 15 years and is free on bail while awaiting a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13 .
Penn State’s board of trustees fired Paterno on Nov. 9 because it felt the football coach didn’t go far enough in alerting authorities after an assistant coach said he told Paterno he saw Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the football building showers in March 2002.
During a lengthy interview at his lawyer's home, Sandusky in an interview with the New York Times painted a picture of chaotic but friendly scenes involving children he described as extended family at his State College, Pa., home. The descriptions sharply contrast the shocking allegations involving children outlined in a grand jury report.
Sandusky told the newspaper he and Paterno never spoke about the alleged 2002 incident or a 1998 child molestation complaint investigated by Penn State campus police.
"I never talked to him about either one," Sandusky said. "That's all I can say. I mean, I don't know." He worked for Paterno for nearly 30 years.
Messages left Saturday by The Associated Press seeking comment from representatives for Paterno were not immediately returned.
Paterno testified before the grand jury looking into the abuse allegations that a graduate assistant told him in 2002 that he witnessed in the team shower in the team locker room, and that he relayed the report to his superior, athletic director Tim Curley.
The graduate assistant later met with Curley and Gary Schultz, a university vice president who oversaw campus police. But authorities said the allegation was not passed on to authorities.
Curley and Schultz are charged with failing to report the 2002 allegation and lying to the grand jury. Curley is on administrative leave, while Schultz has stepped down. Lawyers for both men have said their clients are innocent.
Prosecutors have said Paterno is not a target of the investigation.
Paterno's son, Scott Paterno, told the AP last month the first and only incident reported about Sandusky to Paterno was in 2002. Paterno has said in a statement that specific actions alleged to have occurred in the grand jury report were not relayed to him
Still, the state's top cop criticized the way school leaders handled allegations and said Paterno and other officials had a moral responsibility to do more.
The 84-year-old Paterno initially announced his retirement effective at the end of the season, saying that the scandal was "one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." The trustees fired him anyway, about 12 hours later.
Sandusky said in the report he never sexually abused any child and that prosecutors have misunderstood his work with children. He described a family and work life that "could often be chaotic, even odd, one that lacked some classic boundaries between adults and children," the Times reported.
He described scenes in which his State College, Pa., home turned into a makeshift recreation center with wrestling matches and sleepovers. Children playing in their home with dogs after football games.
"It was, you know, almost an extended family," Mr. Sandusky said of his household's relationship with children from the charity he founded, The Second Mile. He characterized his experiences with children was close with as "precious times," and said the physical aspect of the relationships "just happened that way."
Allegations involving two victims occurred in Sandusky's home, according to the grand jury report.
"Victim One testified that Sandusky had a practice of coming into the basement room after he told Victim One that it was time to go to bed," the grand jury report said. "Victim One testified that Sandusky would 'crack his back,'" which was described in the report as Sandusky getting on to the bed and "rolling under the boy."
Sandusky told the Times, "They've taken everything that I ever did for any young person and twisted it to say that my motives were sexual or whatever ... I had kid after kid after kid who might say I was a father figure. And they just twisted that all."
He is accused of mining the ranks of his Second Mile charity to find underprivileged boys to abuse. Sandusky also said that the charity never restricted his access to children until he became the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008.
He said he regularly gave money to the disadvantaged boys at his charity, opened bank accounts for them and gave them gifts that had been donated to the charity.
"I tried to reward them sometimes with a little money in hand, just so that they could see something," he said. "But more often than not, I tried to set up, maybe get them to save the money, and I put it directly into a savings account established for them."
The paper said he grew most animated when talking about his relationships with children and most disconsolate when he spoke of Paterno and Penn State, and the upheaval caused by his indictment.
"I don't think it was fair," he is quoted as saying.
During the interview, Sandusky said his relationships and activities with Second Mile children did cause some strain with Paterno. He told the paper he worried that having some children with him at hotels before games or on the sideline during games, could have been regarded as a distraction by Paterno.
Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/national/sandusky_says_paterno_never_spoke_z2WISDMnLHlrnQdM sY2hwN#ixzz1fWTlfBWQ
12-04-2011, 09:36 AM
Lawyer: Sandusky Won't Take Plea Deal
Amendola Says They May Have To Talk Plea Deal
Updated: Thursday, 01 Dec 2011, 11:08 AM EST
Published : Thursday, 01 Dec 2011, 10:54 AM EST
PHILADELPHIA - The attorney for Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant accused of sex crimes, is now denying a published report his client would take a plea in the case.
Attorney Joe Amendola told FoxNews.com on Thursday that a report from a Harrisburg newspaper was inaccurate.
"No, that is not accurate,” Amendola told FoxNews.com when asked about his comments printed in the Harrisburg Patriot-News, where he reportedly said a plea deal “could happen if more allegations come forth and Jerry gets to the point where he realizes fighting against more than the original allegations might be a real uphill battle."
Sandusky will be in court on December 13th in Bellefonte, Pa., in what will be a media circus.
At least two of the alleged victims in the Sandusky case could testify in the case, unless the defense waives the hearing.
Two Penn State officials facing perjury charges are in court the week after Sandusky.
Amendola is the same lawyer who let his client do a television interview with NBC last month.
Amendola first claimed that Sandusky, the former Penn State football assistant coach charged with molesting eight boys, is completely innocent and falsely accused.
Amendola's new remarks were allegedly made on the same day that the first in what might be many civil lawsuits was filed against Sandusky.
The alleged victim, known only as "John Doe A," says Sandusky abused him more than 100 times in a Penn State locker room, while on trips to Philadelphia, and at Sandusky's home.
This accuser is not one of the eight victims named in the grand jury report. But his lawyer says his client is no different from any of the other victims.
12-07-2011, 12:29 PM
School: Sandusky Denied Job After Background Check
Updated: Wednesday, 07 Dec 2011, 9:24 AM EST
Published : Wednesday, 07 Dec 2011, 9:23 AM EST
A central Pennsylvania college says former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was denied a volunteer coaching position last year because a background check revealed a high school was investigating him on sex abuse allegations later detailed by a grand jury.
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12-07-2011, 12:47 PM
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12-07-2011, 12:51 PM
Victim 9 Screamed for Help From Sandusky's Basement: Court Documents
This is the verbatim account of Victim 9 from the Grand Jury presentment.
Wednesday, Dec 7, 2011 | Updated 3:30 PM
This is the verbatim account of Victim 9 from the Grand Jury presentment used to bring new charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Victim No. 9 is currently an 18 year old male who met Sandusky through his childhood participation in The Second Mile Program. Victim No. 9 began participating in activities through The Second Mile Program in approximately 2004. From 2004 to 2008, Victim 9 participated in a number of Second Mile camps and activities.
Victim 9 testified that during his second summer attending Second Mile camps, he met Sandusky while participating in a pool activity as part of the Second Mile camp. Sandusky approached him, asking him about his life and spoke with him about hobbies and activities that interested the child. After speaking for a while, Sandusky expressed an interest in spending time in the future with Victim 9. Sandusky asked for his phone number and eventually called Victim 9's mother and made arrangements to spend additional time with him. At the time of this initial contact, Victim 9 would have been 11 or 12 years old.
Subsequently, Sandusky took Victim 9 to numerous Penn State University football games. Over time, he also gave Victim 9 a number of gifts and even provided him with money. Eventually, Sandusky would also go directly to Victim 9's school and pick him up on Friday afternoons. Victim 9 would often spend overnights with Sandusky and be returned to his home, following these visits, by Sandusky.
Victim 9 testified that Sandusky was a very affectionate person. The victim testified "I took it at first he was just a nice guy, like he went to church every weekend, his kids would come over every once in a while an stuff. And after a while, like, he got used to me and stuff and started getting further and further, wanting -- to touchy feely." He further stated that, in the beginning, Sandusky started out with hugging, rubbing, cuddling and tickling. These contacts, initially viewed by the victim as simple acts of affection, escalated into sexual assaults.
Victim 9 testified that, during his overnight visits with Sandusky, he always stayed in a bedroom located in the basement of the Sandusky home. He stated that there were a number of bedrooms located elsewhere in the home and that at least two of these were not occupied. Victim 9 was always, without excpetion, told to sleep in the basement bedroom. Victim 9 testified that Sandusky specifically told him to stay in the basement unless otherwise directed by Sandusky. He ate meals in the basement and the food would be brought to him by Sandusky. Victim 9 testified that he spend overnights in the Sandusky home on numerous occasions between the ages of 12 and 15. He further testified that despite being in the Sandusky home on these numerous occasions, he had "barely any" contact with Sandusky's wife during his visits. He specifically testified that she "never" came into the basement when he was there.
Victim 9 desribed a pattern of sexual assaults by Sandusky over a period of years. Many of these assaults occurred in the basement bedroom of Sandusky's residence. The victim testified that Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex on numerous occasions. Sandusky also attempted to engage in anal penetration of Victim 9 on at least sixteen occasions and at times did penetrate him. The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him.
Victim 9 also testified that Sandusky would take him to a hotel in the State College area. At this hotel Sandusky would utilize the swimming pool, Jacuzzi and work out equipment. These visits often occurred at times when the pool was not occupied. Victim 9 testified that on one of these visits, when only he and Sandusky were in the pool, Sandusky exposed his erect penis to the victim. He stated that at other times Sandusky had him touch his erect penis and perform oral sex on him during some of these visits to the hotel.
Sandusky frequently told him that he loved and cared for him. He also told the victim to keep these things a secret.
Victim 9 contacted the Pennsylvania State Police following the public disclosure of Sandusky's arrest pursuant to Presentment Number 12.
12-12-2011, 07:25 AM
Penn State 'Culture' Enabled Sandusky: AP Impact
Secrecy played a part in Sandusky's alleged sex assaults
By BRETT J. BLACKLEDGE, JEFF DONN and MICHAEL RUBINKAM
Monday, Dec 12, 2011 | Updated 8:29 AM
The warning signs were there for more than a decade, disturbing indicators that Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was breaching boundaries with young boys or maybe worse.
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12-13-2011, 06:34 AM
Accused Child Molester Jerry Sandusky Waives Hearing
December 13, 2011 9:00 AM
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12-14-2011, 10:21 AM
Sandusky Lawyer Gives Out Porn Number
Updated: Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011, 3:49 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 13 Dec 2011, 3:49 PM EST
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12-16-2011, 03:57 PM
Testimony: Paterno ‘knew inappropriate action was taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster’ in 2002
What did Joe Paterno know, and when did he know it?
Today, we have some answers to the crucial question from the coach's mouth after Paterno's testimony from earlier this year — in which the now-former Penn State icon told a grand jury that he had been informed about an incident of "a sexual nature" between ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in 2002 — was read for the first time in open court Friday.
In the testimony, Paterno said he "knew inappropriate action was taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster" after a meeting with then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who allegedly saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a locker room shower the previous night, but did not inform police and waited several days to meet with his boss, athletic director Tim Curley, because he "didn't want to interfere with their weekends."
Sandusky, who played and coached under Paterno for more than 30 years prior to his retirement in 1999, remained a regular on Penn State's campus until his arrest on a multitude of sexual abuse charges last month.
Paterno's testimony was read as part of a preliminary hearing for Curley and another Penn State administrator, Gary Schultz, who are both charged with perjury and failure to report for not turning Sandusky in following a meeting with McQueary in 2002. (Paterno wasn't present at the hearing, which came less than a week after the soon-to-be 85-year-old was reportedly hospitalized with a fractured pelvis after falling in his home. He's also been undergoing treatment for lung cancer.) A judge ruled at the end of the proceedings that the state has enough evidence to send the case against Curley and Shultz to trial.
McQueary — a State College native and former starting quarterback who remained on Paterno's staff until Paterno was fired as a result of the scandal last month — took the stand Friday morning, testifying that he personally saw Sandusky with his arms wrapped around a boy's waist in a shower, and believed (although he was not 100 percent certain) that the boy was being sodomized. He immediately called his father, and they decided he should go to Paterno the next day. In that meeting and the subsequent meeting with Curley and Schultz, McQueary said he was clear that he was describing an "extremely sexual" act (emphasis added):
He said he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he'd seen, saying he wouldn't have used terms like sodomy or anal intercourse out of respect for the longtime coach.
He said Paterno told him he'd "done the right thing" by reporting what he saw. The head coach appeared shocked and saddened and slumped back in his chair, McQueary said. Paterno told McQueary he would talk to others about what he'd reported.
Nine or 10 days later, McQueary said he met with Curley and Shultz and told them he'd seen Sandusky and a boy, both naked, in the shower after hearing skin on skin slapping sounds.
"I told them that I saw Jerry in the showers with a young boy and that what I had seen was extremely sexual and over the lines and it was wrong," McQueary said. "I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on."
That testimony is substantially the same as the one McQueary reportedly gave to the grand jury earlier this year. Friday, McQueary said he thought Curley and Schultz took his report seriously, and that he considered Schultz law enforcement because his position included oversight of campus police. "I thought I was talking to the head of the police, to be frank with you," McQueary said. "In my mind it was like speaking to a (district attorney). It was someone who police reported to and would know what to do with it."
What they did with it, according to the Pennsylvania attorney general, is essentially nothing: In its summary of the initial charges against Sandusky on Nov. 5, the AG's office wrote that "there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information," and "there was no effective change in Sandusky's status with the school and no limits on his access to the campus."
In his testimony Friday afternoon, Curley disputed that conclusion, arguing that McQueary "did not indicate there was something of a sexual nature" between Sandusky and the boy during their meeting, and that he understood the incident as "horsing around." He responded by telling Sandusky he was banned from coming into the building with children from his charity, The Second Mile, but otherwise did not restrict access. (University president Graham Spanier signed off on the ban, according to the attorney general, "without any further inquiry.")
Curley didn't report the incident to the police, he testified Friday, because "I didn't think it was a crime at the time." In Curley's defense, attorney Roberto argued that McQueary failed to convey the seriousness of what he'd seen to Paterno, that the allegations subsequently came across as "not that serious" to Curley, and that it seemed to amount to a case of "he said, she said."
Schultz did not testify Friday, but in a grand jury testimony read at the hearing, he said he was under the impression (from his meeting with McQueary) that Sandusky and the boy were wrestling and Sandusky grabbed the boy's genitals in a "horsing around" type of way. This was consistent with Sandusky's general demeanor, Schultz said, because "he would grab you on the arm, hit you on the back, grab you and put you in a headlock."
Sandusky had been implicated as a possible sex offender as early as 1998, when university police were involved in an investigation following "allegations of sexually inappropriate behavior involving Sandusky and young boys in the football showers."
At least two detectives in that case reportedly heard Sandusky admit to showering with a boy on two different occasions, once to the boy's mother and once in an interview with the state's child welfare agency, but the case was closed after the county district attorney (now deceased) declined to prosecute. Schultz told the grand jury he was aware of the investigation that Penn State police had produced a 95-page report.
Sandusky retired from Paterno's staff a year later at the age of 55, but maintained an office in the Lasch Football Building and had "unlimited access to all football facilities," including the locker room. He also kept a parking pass, a university Internet account and a listing in the faculty directory.
In 2008, according to USA Today, Sandusky ended his involvement with the charitable program, The Second Mile, amid accusations by another adolescent male. As recently as 2009, he was still running an overnight football camp for children as young as 9 on Penn State's campus. He was still working out on campus as recently as October — after university officials had been called to testify in the investigation that ultimately led to Sandusky's arrest. Sandusky told the New York Times earlier this month that he still has his keys.
At that point, Sandusky faced more than 25 felony counts of deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, endangering the welfare of a child and indecent assault against at least eight victims over more than a decade. He was subsequently re-arrested last week on 12 additional counts involving two additional victims.
Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier have all "resigned" or been fired from their jobs in the wake of the charges. McQueary has been put on administrative leave and reportedly told players on a conference call last month, "I wanted to let you guys know I'm not your coach anymore. I'm done." Legally, prosecutors have determined that McQueary, Paterno and Spanier fulfilled their obligations under state law.
The Penn State Board of Trustees has appointed a special committee to investigate the university's response, as has the U.S. Department of Education and the NCAA. This is the system at work.
12-17-2011, 07:35 AM
2 Penn State Officials Held For Trial Following Sex Abuse Hearing
December 16, 2011 5:00 PM
By Tony Romeo and Oren Liebermann
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS/AP) - A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that he believes he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy on campus and that he fully conveyed what he had seen to two Penn State administrators.
Mike McQueary, speaking for the first time in public about the 2002 encounter in a Penn State locker room, said he believes that Sandusky was attacking the child with his hands around the boy’s waist but said he wasn’t 100 percent sure it was intercourse.
McQueary took the stand Friday morning in a Pennsylvania courtroom during a preliminary hearing for university officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who are accused of lying to a grand jury about what McQueary told them.
At the conclusion of the hearing, District Judge William C. Wenner ruled that prosecutors have enough evidence to send their cases to trial.
McQueary’s story is central to the case against Curley and Schultz. They testified to the grand jury that McQueary never relayed the seriousness of what he saw. The officials, and Penn State coach Joe Paterno, have been criticized for never telling police about the 2002 allegation. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years.
The lawyers for Curley and Schultz say the men are innocent and that uncorroborated testimony from McQueary is not enough on which to hang the case. Curley and Schultz told the grand jury that they remembered McQueary reporting only something inappropriate, like wrestling, but nothing as serious as rape.
McQueary, who was on the stand for about two hours Friday, said he had stopped by a campus football locker room to drop off a pair of sneakers in the spring of 2002 when he heard slapping sounds in a shower and happened upon Sandusky and the boy.
He said Sandusky was behind the boy he estimated to be 10 or 12 years old, with his hands wrapped around the youngster’s waist. He said the boy was facing a wall, with his hands on it.
McQueary, 37, said he has never described what he saw as anal rape or anal intercourse and couldn’t see Sandusky’s genitals, but that “it was very clear that it looked like there was intercourse going on.”
In its report last month, the grand jury summarized McQueary’s testimony as saying he “saw a naked boy … with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky.”
Under cross examination by an attorney for Curley, McQueary reiterated that he had not seen Sandusky penetrating or fondling the boy but was nearly certain they were having intercourse because the two were standing so close and Sandusky’s arms were wrapped around the youth.
He said he peeked into the shower three times — the first via a mirror, the other two times directly. The last time he looked in, Sandusky and the boy had separated, he said. He said he didn’t say anything, but “I know they saw me. They looked directly in my eye, both of them.”
McQueary said the entire encounter — from when he first entered the locker room to when he retreated to his office — lasted about 45 seconds.
McQueary said he reported what he saw to Paterno but never went to police.
He said he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he’d seen, saying he wouldn’t have used terms like sodomy or anal intercourse out of respect for the longtime coach.
Paterno told the grand jury that McQueary reported seeing Sandusky doing something of a “sexual nature” with the youngster but that he didn’t press for details.
“I didn’t push Mike … because he was very upset,” Paterno said. “I knew Mike was upset, and I knew some kind of inappropriate action was being taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster.”
McQueary said Paterno told him he’d “done the right thing” by reporting the encounter. The head coach appeared shocked and saddened and slumped back in his chair, McQueary said.
Paterno told McQueary he would talk to others about what he’d reported.
Nine or 10 days later, McQueary said he met with Curley and Schultz and told them he’d seen Sandusky and a boy, both naked, in the shower after hearing skin-on-skin slapping sounds.
“I told them that I saw Jerry in the showers with a young boy and that what I had seen was extremely sexual and over the lines and it was wrong,” McQueary said. “I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on.”
McQueary said he was left with the impression both men took his report seriously. When asked why he didn’t go to police, he referenced Schultz’s position as a vice president at the university who had overseen the campus police
“I thought I was talking to the head of the police, to be frank with you,” he said. “In my mind it was like speaking to a (district attorney). It was someone who police reported to and would know what to do with it.”
Curley told the grand jury that he couldn’t recall his specific conversation with McQueary, but that McQueary never reported seeing anal intercourse or other sexual conduct. He said he recalled McQueary reporting wrestling or “horsing around.”
Schultz said he remembered McQueary and Paterno describing what the younger coach saw only in a very general way.
“I had the impression it was inappropriate,” Schultz told the grand jury. “I had the feeling it was some king of wrestling activity and maybe Jerry might have grabbed a young boys genitals.”
Under cross-examination, McQueary said he considered what he saw a crime but didn’t call police because “it was delicate in nature.”
“I tried to use my best judgment,” he said. “I was sure the act was over.” He said he never tried to find the boy.
Paterno, Schultz and Curley didn’t testify, but Judge Wenner read their grand jury testimony from January in weighing the case.
Curley’s attorney, Caroline Roberto, said prosecutors “will never be able to reach their burden proof at a trial.”
Schultz’s attorney, Tom Farrell, predicted his client would be acquitted.
He also took a shot at Paterno, saying, “I’m an Italian from Brooklyn, and he may not have called the police but he may have done what I would have done, which is get the boys in the car with a few baseball bats and crowbars and take it to the fellow.”
Sandusky says he is innocent of more than 50 charges stemming from what authorities say were sexual assaults over 12 years on 10 boys in his home, on Penn State property and elsewhere. The scandal has provoked strong criticism that Penn State officials didn’t do enough to stop Sandusky, and prompted the departures of Paterno and the school’s longtime president, Graham Spanier.
Curley, 57, Penn State’s athletic director, was placed on leave by the university after his arrest. Schultz, 62, returned to retirement after spending about four decades at the school, most recently as senior vice president for business and finance, and treasurer.
12-24-2011, 02:20 PM
12 Alleged Sandusky Victim Comes Forward
A 12th person has come forward with accusations that former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him when he was 12-years-old
By Elyse Madison | Friday, Dec 23, 2011 | Updated 8:14 PM
A 12th person has come forward with accusations against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The new alleged victim says Sandusky sexually abused him when he was 12-years-old.
NBC News confirmed Friday that a civil lawsuit was filed Thursday against Sandusky, Penn State and The Second Mile Charity.
The accuser claims Sandusky gave him whiskey inside his office on Penn State's campus, before inappropriately touching. The alleged incident only happened once, but his lawyer told NBC News that his client “continues to suffer severe psychological damage" and is attempting to seek help for it.
Attorney Charles Schmidt says his client met Sandusky through The Second Mile Charity and would talk to Sandusky about his mother, who died a year before he was allegedly sexually assaulted.
The lawsuit — which was filed in Philadelphia County — is the second civil suit filed against Sandusky, Penn State and The Second Mile.
Schmidt says he expects papers to be served within the next few weeks.
12-31-2011, 08:47 AM
FoxNews: New Penn State Rape Claims
Updated: Saturday, 31 Dec 2011, 8:55 AM EST
Published : Saturday, 31 Dec 2011, 8:43 AM EST
An attorney from a man who claims he was raped as a child by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky details the charges in a FoxNews.com interview.
The teen’s lawyer, Charles Schmidt, told FoxNews.com that Sandusky lured his client into an office at Penn State seven years ago, gave him alcohol and raped him.
A teenager claims he was attacked by Sandusky at Penn State University’s football building in 2004 — two years after an alleged incident involving another child in the same building that is a key part of the state's case against Sandusky.
The now-19-year-old has initiated a civil suit against in Philadelphia against Sandusky, Second Mile and Penn State University.
The Attorney General’s office is investigating the allegations, FoxNews.com has learned, though a spokesman from the AG’s office declined to comment to it.
The statute of limitations for criminal charges in such cases is 12 years after the child's 18th birthday.
One of Sandusky’s lawyers, Karl Rominger, discredited the claims to FoxNews.com.
“The reality is it didn’t happen. If you listen carefully, [the allegation] doesn’t make sense. In the history of sex crimes, you see grooming behavior—you don’t pick a kid out of crowd and assault him one time all of a sudden. On its face it doesn’t even sound plausible :rolleyes:,” he told the Web site.
Sandusky is due back in court in January 2012 for the next procedural hearing in his criminal case.
There are now several civil lawsuits filed against Sandusky and experts expect more as the criminal case heads to trial sometime in the next year.
03-25-2012, 08:11 AM
Report: Sandusky Called 'Likely Pedophile' In '98
Updated: Saturday, 24 Mar 2012, 4:54 PM EDT
Published : Saturday, 24 Mar 2012, 4:54 PM EDT
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) - A psychologist who looked into a 1998 allegation against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky told police at the time that his behavior fit the profile of a likely pedophile, NBC News reported Saturday.
Yet Sandusky was not criminally charged, nor placed on a state registry of suspected child abusers, and prosecutors say he continued assaulting boys for more than a decade until his arrest in November.
NBC obtained a copy of the campus police department's investigatory report on an encounter in which Sandusky was accused of having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy with whom he had showered naked on the Penn State campus.
The police file includes the report of State College psychologist Alycia Chambers, who interviewed and provided counseling to the boy.
"My consultants agree that the incidents meet all of our definitions, based on experience and education, of a likely pedophile's pattern of building trust and gradual introduction of physical touch, within a context of a 'loving,' 'special' relationship," Chambers wrote.
However, a second psychologist, John Seasock, concluded that Sandusky had neither assaulted the boy nor fit the profile of a pedophile.
Chambers and Seasock did not immediately return phone messages left at their offices Saturday.
Centre County prosecutors ultimately decided not to charge Sandusky, and the case was closed until a statewide grand jury accused the retired defensive coordinator of abusing the boy and nine others over a 15-year period. Sandusky, who faces more than 50 counts of child sex abuse, has pleaded innocent and awaits trial.
Chambers' warning to authorities raises new questions about the university's failure to stop Sandusky. Eight of the 10 boys were attacked on campus, prosecutors allege.
In 2002, four years after the 1998 investigation, prosecutors say then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary caught Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the football showers. McQueary reported what he saw to coach Joe Paterno, who, in turn, reported the allegation to university officials. But no police investigation was ever done.
Penn State said in a statement Saturday that it would not comment, citing ongoing investigations.
Sandusky's attorney, Joseph Amendola, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Seasock's report was "exculpable" and that the 1998 incident was not as clear-cut as Chambers made it out to be.
"We could get five psychologists, child psychologists, who specialize maybe in sexual dysfunctions or pedophilia look at the same case and talk to the same people and come up with five different conclusions," he said in a phone interview.
The 1998 allegation was the first known complaint made to authorities about Sandusky. A woman called the Penn State police department, saying she was troubled after her 11-year-old son told her he had showered naked with Sandusky on campus.
Prosecutors say Sandusky lathered up the boy — known as Victim 6 in the state's current criminal case — bear-hugged him naked from behind, and picked him up and put his head under the shower. Detectives say that later, with police secretly listening in, Sandusky told the boy's mother the joint shower had been a mistake, and blurted: "I wish I were dead."
The woman's complaint triggered a separate review by state Department of Public Welfare, which found no indication of abuse by Sandusky.
But state welfare department investigator Jerry Lauro told AP in December that he didn't have access to the criminal investigative file. On Wednesday, he told The Patriot-News of Harrisburg that he never would have closed the case had he seen the reports from Chambers and the second psychologist, Seasock.
"The course of history could have been changed," Lauro told the newspaper, which first reported the existence of the twin psychological reports.
"The conclusions (Chambers) had drawn in her report were pretty damaging," Lauro told the paper. "I would have made a different decision. ... It's unbelievable, and it gets my blood pressure going when I think about it."
Seasock, who worked with Centre County Office of Children and Youth Services, interviewed the boy for an hour and wrote in his report — also included in the police file obtained by NBC — that he did not find any evidence of "grooming" or "inappropriate sexual behavior" by Sandusky.
"All the interactions reported by (the boy) can be typically defined as normal between a health adult and a young adolescent male," Seasock wrote.
Seasock, however, did not review Chambers' report or prior interviews with the boy before submitting his own report, the police report indicates, nor did he elicit key details, including the fact that Sandusky had kissed the boy and told him he loved him.
Amendola said that Chambers has refused to talk to the defense, but that he would try anew in light of the NBC report.
05-06-2012, 07:49 AM
Sandusky Docs Suggest 17 Accusers
Criminal charges only pertain to 10 victims
Saturday, May 5, 2012 | Updated 4:25 PM
New documents filed by the attorneys for former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky suggest there are at least 17 accusers in the child sexual abuse case, a much higher number than described in criminal charges.
The requests, dated April 16 and April 23, were attached to a motion filed Thursday in which Sandusky defense attorney Joe Amendola asked the supervising judge to mandate more disclosure of investigative materials.
The criminal charges against the former Penn State assistant football coach only pertain to boys named as Victims 1 through 10 in court records.
The April 16 discovery request asked for information on "uncharged conduct evidence," while the one filed a week later pertained to employment records.
The court filing did not name the people, explain what might make them accusers or indicate what role, if any, they play in the criminal case in which Sandusky has denied all allegations.
"This in all likelihood means that there are other people who have come forward who have accused him of improper sexual conduct," said Wes Oliver, a Widener Law School professor who specializes in criminal law.
Asked about the eight supposed accusers, Sandusky defense lawyer Karl Rominger indicated the basis for the requests grew from previous material disclosed to the defense by the attorney general's office.
The April 23 request referred to "all individuals identified as Accusers 11 through 17 as well as 18 through an unknown number."
"The requests we made are based on what we believe should be provided, based on information we've received to date," Rominger said.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office declined to comment, citing a gag order issued by the presiding judge.
Lawyers for potential civil litigants have said there are accusers beyond the 10 alleged victims for which Sandusky, 68, faces 52 criminal charges. One alleged victim has filed a lawsuit in Philadelphia that is on hold while the criminal case proceeds.
There are many possible reasons why prosecutors might not file charges based on the claims of a purported victim, from problems with the statute of limitations and questions about credibility to a strategic analysis about how much evidence to put before jurors.
Information about any additional accusers for which Sandusky has not been charged could help the defense try to undermine the credibility of the prosecution's case, said University of Pittsburgh law professor John Burkoff, an expert on Pennsylvania criminal law procedure.
"There may not be anything there, but who knows?" Burkoff said. "It's all a part of getting as much evidence as you can, to see what you've got."
Oliver said there are theoretical scenarios under which the additional names could be either helpful or damaging to Sandusky's defense.
"If the other eight people are kooks, that's actually a great story for the defense to put before the jury," Oliver said. "If, however, there are eight other alleged victims out there who the prosecution just can't corroborate but they've got pretty good stories, then that's really bad for the defense."
Another discovery request, dated March 27, sought nine documents that Amendola said were removed from football coach Joe Paterno's office and copied by state police. Amendola wrote that the documents had undergone a "supervised review" and been protected by a "police seal of evidence."
It was not clear what the documents were, or when the state police may have taken them.
Paterno was fired in November, following Sandusky's arrest, and he died of lung cancer in January. Paterno was not charged with any crime but expressed regret about how he handled a complaint from an underling about Sandusky in a football team shower with a boy a decade ago.
Paterno family spokesman Dan McGinn said he had no information about the documents and referred questions to Penn State, which declined comment.
"Coach Paterno delivered all relevant materials under his control," McGinn said. "The Paternos were not part of any 'supervised review.'"
It is normal for prosecutors and defense attorneys to argue about disclosure of investigative materials prior to trial, which in Sandusky's case is scheduled to begin in one month.
On Thursday, Judge John Cleland directed state prosecutors to turn over materials that are not in dispute before a pretrial hearing on Wednesday in Bellefonte, and to say in writing by Monday if there are remaining discovery disputes.
Additionally, ex-FBI director Louis Freeh and his team have conducted more than 400 interviews in the internal investigation spurred by the charges against Sandusky, Penn State trustee Kenneth Frazier said Friday.
Frazier said the investigation includes current and former employees from numerous departments across the university, which employs more than 18,000 at its main campus in State College.
The school still hopes the investigation will be completed by the time the next academic year begins in late August. The board still intends to make the full findings and recommendations public, Frazier said.
But, he added the time of the report timing "will be dictated by how long it takes to complete a thorough investigation."
School officials said nearly all of the trustees have now been interviewed.
And in Harrisburg, two Penn State administrators charged with lying to the grand jury investigating Jerry Sandusky filed court documents Friday that argued prosecutors have not produced enough evidence to support the perjury charges against them.
Athletic director Tim Curley, now on leave, and retired vice president for business Gary Schultz outlined the reasons they believe charges should be thrown out. Curley's filing cited what he called "a shifting sand approach" by prosecutors and said the court record so far did not include the basic elements needed for a perjury case to proceed.
Schultz's reply called the case "unprovable, unfounded and untimely" and said prosecutors acted prematurely with an exaggerated grand jury presentment to tarnish them with the child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky. The attorney general's office declined to comment.
05-08-2012, 05:46 AM
Prosecutors Change Timeline Of Alleged Shower-Room Rape In Jerry Sandusky Trial
May 8, 2012 8:02 AM
By Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky case have changed the timeline of a critical allegation in the case against the former assistant football coach and two former Penn State administrators.
Up until now, the attorney general’s office has contended that the alleged locker room shower assault that then graduate assistant Mike McQueary claims he witnessed occurred in March 2002.
That alleged incident has not only resulted in charges against Sandusky, but also led to perjury charges against two former Penn State administrators and led to the firing of the late head coach Joe Paterno.
Now, in a motion to amend an earlier filing, prosecutors say their ongoing investigation has determined that the incident witnessed by McQueary occurred more than a year earlier than thought, in February of 2001, not March 2002.
Prosecutors on Monday also filed their response to the defense motion seeking more information from the Commonwealth.
The lawyers for the two former Penn State administrators facing trial in this case released a statement Monday evening saying the latest development shows the Commonwealth charged this case before it knew the facts.
05-30-2012, 09:32 AM
4 Of Sandusky’s Alleged Victims Seek To Have Identities Concealed From Public
May 29, 2012 5:40 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Four of the young men alleged to be child sexual abuse victims of Jerry Sandusky are asking the judge in his case to prevent their real names from being made public.
Lawyers for so-called victims 3, 5 and 7 filed motions Tuesday asking Judge John Cleland to prevent identities of alleged victims from being disclosed publicly.
Lawyers for Victim 4 are asking for a pseudonym to be used for him during the upcoming trial.
The lawyers for Victims 3 and 7 say Sandusky’s lawyer isn’t opposed, but they haven’t heard back from state prosecutors.
Victim 4′s lawyers say his psychologist is worried about what effect disclosure of his name will have on his well-being.
The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant coach’s trial starts next week. He denies the allegations.
06-07-2012, 08:15 AM
12-Person Jury, Alternate Chosen In Jerry Sandusky Child Sexual Abuse Case
June 6, 2012 1:24 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A jury was selected Wednesday in the child molestation scandal that brought down Joe Paterno, and the makeup of the panel left no doubt this is Penn State country.
The seven women and five men who will hear opening statements on Monday in the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky include an engineering administrative assistant at Penn State, a dance teacher in the school’s continuing education program and a professor who has been on the faculty for 24 years.
They also include a Penn State senior, a retired soil sciences professor with 37 years at the university, a man with bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the school and a woman who’s been a football season ticket holder since the 1970s.
One of four alternate jurors was selected Wednesday, a woman in her 30s who graduated from Penn State in 2007 with a degree in human development. Three more alternates remain to be picked, and a prosecutor said he thought those selections could be finished Wednesday afternoon.
The selection process moved swiftly even though the rural area is rich with Penn State employees, alumni and fans. The judge, however, said Penn State connections would not automatically disqualify potential jurors, so long as they could pledge to be impartial.
Sandusky faces a total of 52 counts involving 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span. He has denied the allegations, and defense lawyer Joseph Amendola’s potential witness list has seven Sandusky family members on it, including his wife, Dottie, and two sons.
Amendola on Wednesday asked again for a delay, alleging that an ABC News report saying that the accuser identified in court papers as Victim 4 would be the first witness violated the gag order Judge John Cleland issued in April. Cleland denied Amendola’s request.
The lawyers who will argue the case said on the way into the courthouse Wednesday they were happy with the process so far.
During a midday break, lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, a senior deputy attorney general, said “So far, so good,” on way to smoking a cigarette at a picnic table outside the courthouse.
Amendola arrived with Sandusky just after 8:15 a.m. and told reporters he was confident the nine jurors picked on Tuesday would give them a “fair shake.” Sandusky himself did not say anything as he entered the building in Bellefonte, about 12 miles from the university where he once worked.
But he displayed the most emotion yet during the two-day selection process during a break Wednesday. Sandusky turned to two media representatives in the room and asked rhetorically, “What did you guys do to deserve me?” He chuckled before adding, “How did you guys get stuck with this?”
Besides the panelists with ties to Penn State, jurors include a 24-year-old man with plans to attend auto technician school, a mother of two who works in retail, a retired school bus driver, an engineer with no Penn State ties and a property management firm employee.
But the breadth of Penn State connections was evident again in the second day of jury selection, an exhaustive process done in phases. Groups of 40 were questioned at a time, and those who weren’t excused from that portion were then questioned individually to finally determine if they can be seated.
Of the 40 initially questioned Wednesday, 10 indicated they worked at Penn State. Nineteen indicated either they or a close family member had volunteered or financially contributed to the university.
Fifteen said they knew someone on the prosecution’s witness list, while 20 knew someone on Sandusky’s defense list. Eighteen indicated they had jobs or other responsibilities in which they were legally required to report instances of alleged child abuse.
Sandusky was quiet in court during this phase early Wednesday, leafing through a binder with plastic-covered pages and pausing at times when Cleland commented from the bench.
More than 600 jury duty summonses were sent out to residents in Centre County, the home of Penn State University’s main campus.
Sandusky’s lawyer won the right to have jurors chosen from the local community, and prosecutors had concerns that Centre County might prove to be nearly synonymous with Penn State.
All the jurors will have to say under oath they can be impartial.
Besides Sandusky family members, other names on the defense’s potential witness list include the widow and son of Joe Paterno, the late Hall of Fame football coach who was dismissed by university trustees in the aftermath of Sandusky’s arrest.
Assistant coach Mike McQueary and his father are also on the defense witness list.
Mike McQueary, on leave from the team, has said he saw Sandusky naked in a team shower with a young boy more than a decade ago and reported it to Paterno. Mike McQueary is also on the prosecution’s list, along with young men who have accused Sandusky of abusing them.
06-12-2012, 08:34 AM
Sandusky Trial Begins With Disturbing Testimony
Posted: Jun 11, 2012 6:57 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 11, 2012 7:08 PM EDT
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The Jerry Sandusky trial got under way Monday, and the testimony against the former Penn State assistant football coach was graphic and disturbing but important to hear.
This is the case that brought down several people at Penn State University and changed the school's image for years to come.
FOX 29's Chris O'Connell was live Monday night in Bellefonte, Pa., where the trial is drawing national attention and media into Centre County.
The first accuser to take the stand said horsing around led to "hugging and caressing" and Sandusky "wanting me to wash his body."
An alleged "love letter" to the accuser was introduced in court, as were gifts and memorabilia given to him by Sandusky, such as a snowboard, golf clubs, shoes and jerseys.
The alleged victim said, "I was too scared to tell anyone" but enjoyed "nice things" Sandusky gave him. He also said the older man would put "his had on my leg basically like I was his girlfriend" during car rides.
"I've spent years burying this," he said, adding that he "felt responsible for what happened to other victims" for not coming forward.
When cross examination of the first witness began, the line of questioning from the defense dealt with the timeline of the alleged attacks. Asked why he didn't come forward sooner, the accuser said he was "scared and embarrassed."
He says Sandusky's wife, Dottie walked in on an alleged attack during a trip to the Alamo Bowl, but he initially denied abuse when first questioned by police. He says Sandusky never threatened to hurt him.
Before opening statements began, Sandusky's lawyers made some last minute requests. They want to admit Sandusky's entire autobiography, titled "Touched," as evidence.
Lawyers also want to admit the grand jury testimony of Penn State's former president and administrators who face charges in the scandal.
The defense claims all three will invoke their right against self-incrimination if they are called to testify.
The judge hasn't made a decision yet.
06-13-2012, 08:35 AM
2nd Accuser Tearfully Details Sandusky Abuse
June 12, 2012 1:00 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A school district guidance counselor initially didn’t believe the abuse claims brought by one of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims because the former Penn State assistant football coach was considered to have “a heart of gold,” the accuser told jurors Tuesday.
The teen, labeled Victim No. 1 by a grand jury, tearfully recounted for jurors in Sandusky’s trial repeated instances of abuse, which he said included kissing, fondling and oral sex during sleepovers at the coach’s home.
A social worker who spoke to Sandusky about the boy’s claims testified that the coach denied having sexual contact with the boy but did acknowledge lying on top of him and blowing “raspberries” on the boy’s stomach. The social worker, Jessica Dershem, also said Sandusky told her he couldn’t recall whether he had ever touched the boy below his waistline.
Sandusky is on trial on 52 criminal counts related to the alleged assaults of 10 boys during a 15-year period. Authorities alleged Sandusky abused boys at his home and inside the football team’s on-campus facilities among other places.
The charges against him—and two university officials accused of perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse—touched off a massive scandal that led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno and the departure of the university president. Paterno died in January of lung cancer, just over two months after his ouster.
Now 18, the accuser known as Victim 1 recounted an early encounter that escalated to oral sex.
“I spaced,” he said. “I didn’t know what to do with all the thoughts running through my head, I just kind of blacked out and didn’t want it to happen. I froze.”
As he choked back tears, the sobbing teen recounted another time Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex, after saying it was his “turn.”
“I don’t know how to explain it. I froze, like any other time,” he said. “My mind is telling me to move but I couldn’t do it, I couldn’t move.”
The witness said he stayed quiet about the abuse, in part because his mother thought Sandusky was a positive influence in his life, but he began trying to distance himself from Sandusky.
At one point Sandusky became angry with him because they’d drifted apart and the teen became involved with his local Big Brothers Big Sisters organization, the teen said.
“I got extremely, extremely scared,” he said, recounting how it escalated into an argument between Sandusky and his mother.
Eventually the teen asked his mother if there was a website used to track sex offenders because he wanted to see if Sandusky was on it. That ultimately led to a meeting with the guidance counselor, where he reported being abused.
At first, the counselor didn’t believe him and questioned the wisdom of going to authorities, the witness said.
“They said we needed to think about it and he has a heart of gold and he wouldn’t do something like that. So they didn’t believe me,” he said.
School officials referred the case to the county’s child-welfare agency.
Dershem, a Clinton County Children & Youth Services caseworker, said the teen was initially uncomfortable talking to her but soon began to open up about his encounters with Sandusky.
She told the jury she had enough evidence by the end of her second meeting with the boy to determine that he had been abused by Sandusky.
He denied sexually assaulting the teen, saying he “he viewed (the boy) as an extended family member, kind of like a son,” Dershem said.
During cross-examination, defense attorney Joe Amendola asked the teen whether he had financial motives for bringing his accusations.
The teen denied that. “All I know is I’m here to tell the truth about what happened to me, just like everybody else,” he said.
Amendola pressed the accuser about his initial statements to a counselor and later the grand jury that were less detailed than later testimony.
The teen, who graduated from high school last week, responded that it was an embarrassing subject to talk about.
“I don’t believe anybody would want to talk about it,” he said.
The teen became upset as Amendola continued to ask about inconsistencies in his statements.
“It’s hard enough for me to tell these folks of the jury what happened, let alone the size of a room,” he said. “You’re asking the same questions over and over again. I’m going to give you the same answers.”
Sandusky didn’t visibly react to the teen’s account and looked straight ahead during his testimony.
Earlier in the morning, Sandusky entered the courthouse via a privacy tent in the back as opposed to Monday, where he strolled across the parking lot.
Another of Sandusky’s alleged victims testified Monday, the trial’s opening day, telling jurors that the coach sent him “creepy love letters.” The man said he began showering with Sandusky in 1997 and what started out as “soap battles” quickly escalated to sexual abuse, including oral sex.
Lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan III has described Sandusky as a “serial predator” who methodically used his youth charity, The Second Mile, to zero in on fatherless children or those with unstable home lives, buy them gifts and take advantage of them sexually.
Amendola has countered that the case is flimsy and that some of the accusers apparently intend to sue and have a financial stake in the case.
06-14-2012, 06:36 AM
Accusers: Sandusky Employed Threats And Gifts
June 13, 2012 7:15 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — One, a foster child, said he was threatened, warned he would never see his family again if he ever told anyone what happened. Another said he stayed quiet because he didn’t want to stop getting tickets to the hottest game in town — Penn State football.
That was how two of Jerry Sandusky’s accusers explained the former Penn State assistant coach’s hold over them.
“He told me that if I ever told anyone that I’d never see my family again,” the former foster child said Wednesday, the third day of testimony in Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial.
He said it terrified him when Sandusky uttered the threat after the coach pinned him while wrestling in the basement of the Sandusky home and performed oral sex on him.
Sandusky, 68, is charged with sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, accusations he has denied. His arrest last fall rocked Penn State and led to the firing of football coach Joe Paterno for not taking stronger action against Sandusky after allegations emerged a decade ago.
Three of Sandusky’s accusers testified Wednesday, bringing to five the number of them to take the stand.
Tom Kline, the lawyer for one of them, told reporters outside the courthouse: “It’s just remarkable how many children one man can shower with.”
The 25-year-old man who told jurors about the threat to keep him away from his biological family when he was younger said he believed Sandusky’s wife was inside the home, on a different floor, at the time. A foster child placed with another family, he occasionally stayed in the Sanduskys’ basement in State College in the late 1990s.
Speaking in a calm but sometimes hesitant voice, he said Sandusky later apologized for the threat: “He told me he didn’t mean it and that he loved me.”
The man, identified in court papers as Victim 10, said Sandusky also assaulted him on other occasions in 1998 and 1999, including once at a pool and another time in the basement. He said he was about 11 at the time.
An expressionless Sandusky sat mostly still at the defense table during his testimony, occasionally turning his head to look the accuser in the eye.
The accuser is one of two who came forward after Sandusky was initially charged in November with assaulting eight boys.
Sandusky’s attorneys have suggested his accusers have financial reasons for coming forward.
Under cross-examination, the man testified that he was the roommate of another Sandusky accuser at a camp sponsored by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile. He also acknowledged spending nearly two years in prison for a robbery and involvement with drugs and alcohol but said he is doing better now.
“I’m married. I’m expecting” a child, he said.
Another boy, dubbed Victim 8, has never been located, and his identity is a mystery to prosecutors, but jurors heard about his alleged sexual abuse by Sandusky anyway.
Judge John Cleland ruled that a co-worker of Penn State janitor Jim Calhoun could testify about what Calhoun told him in November 2000. Calhoun is now suffering from dementia.
The co-worker, Ron “Buck” Petrosky, said that when he encountered Calhoun in a football team locker room, the janitor told him he had seen Sandusky — he didn’t realize it was a famous coach — making a boy perform oral sex on him. Petrosky said Calhoun’s face was white and his hands were trembling.
“He said, ‘Buck, I just witnessed something in there I’ll never forget the rest of my life … that man that just left, he had the boy up against the shower wall, licking on (him),” Petrosky testified.
Also Wednesday, another man, identified as Victim 5, said he met Sandusky at Second Mile Camp in 1999 and began attending Penn State games with Sandusky and others. In 2001, he said, Sandusky asked him to work out at a gym on campus and then groped him in the showers.
Fighting back tears, he testified that Sandusky “kept lurching forward, but I didn’t have anywhere to go. I felt his penis on my back.” He said Sandusky touched his genitals “and then he took my hand and placed it on his.”
Afterward, the 23-year-old man said, Sandusky drove him home and made “no eye contact” with him. They had no contact since.
Another witness, identified as Victim 7, said he was 10 when he met Sandusky through the charity in 1995. He said Sandusky showered with him repeatedly and embraced him during sleepovers.
Sandusky was “wrapping himself around me, holding me tightly” when he slept over at the man’s house, the 27-year-old man said. He said he now has an aversion to chest hair because of his contact with a sometimes-shirtless Sandusky, who has acknowledged
he showered with boys but says he never molested them.
The accuser also described Sandusky rubbing his nipples and touching him beneath his shorts.
The man recalled attending Penn State football games with Sandusky’s family and receiving free tickets from Sandusky as recently as 2009.
“I was kind of ashamed about it. I didn’t want anybody to know,” he said. “Probably most importantly, I didn’t want my parents to keep me from going to games. I didn’t want them to sort of freak out.”
He said that he told his parents of the abuse only last year, after being approached by police, and that many of the details have only come to him in the past year or so. He likened blocking out the negative memories to “putting stuff in the attic.”
During cross-examination, defense attorney Joseph Amendola noted that the man’s testimony was more detailed than what he told a grand jury last year. The witness replied that he had started going to counseling.
“Talking about different events and through talking about things in my past, different things have triggered different memories,” he said.
Jurors also heard excerpts from a television interview Sandusky did on NBC’s “Rock Center” soon after his arrest in November.
In the interview with Bob Costas, Sandusky said he’s not a pedophile but shouldn’t have showered with boys.
The judge said the prosecution’s case should wrap up by the end of the day on Friday.
06-15-2012, 06:56 AM
Sandusky Accuser Says He Once Screamed For Help
June 14, 2012 12:05 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Three more accusers took the stand at Jerry Sandusky’s sex-abuse trial Thursday, one of whom said the former Penn State assistant football coach called himself the “tickle monster” before embracing him in a shower and another who said he was forced into sex acts during more than a hundred nights he spent in the ex-coach’s home.
A state investigator also testified that authorities heard about a key witness, assistant coach Mike McQueary, through an anonymous email to Centre County prosecutors. The investigator, Anthony Sassano, said authorities identified some of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged abuse victims through pictures and lists seized from his home and office and that the university was “not very quick” in getting investigators information as part of the probe.
A third alleged victim who testified Thursday said he loved Sandusky and that he viewed him as a father figure, but that he became angry with Sandusky because he never reached out to him after the witness moved away.
The three alleged victims who testified Thursday brought to eight the number of accusers to take the stand over the trial’s first four days. Jurors also heard about two other alleged victims who have not been located by investigators.
The ex-coach faces 52 criminal counts involving alleged assaults of 10 boys over a 15-year span. He denies the charges, which brought disgrace to Penn State and led to the ouster of both the school’s president and Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky’s attorney questioned accusers Thursday about connections they had with other alleged victims. The defense has claimed that the accusers have financial motives, but they’ve all denied that.
After testimony ended Thursday, Judge John Cleland said court would resume on Monday.
“Between now and then, we’ve got three days of temptation. I can’t tell you — although I tried to express it a number of times — how important it is that you not talk, text, tweet, watch televisions, let anybody talk to you about it, share any information — particularly share any opinions about what you think may be going on in the case,” he told jurors. “It’s better to say absolutely nothing.”
Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan told The Associated Press that prosecutors had not yet rested in their case against Sandusky.
The last of the trial’s eight accusers was an 18-year-old who recently graduated from high school. The teen said his mother summoned police to their home to talk to him after Sandusky’s arrest in November 2011.
The accuser said Thursday that he was 11 or 12 when he first met Sandusky in 2004. Sandusky took him to Penn State football games and gave him money and gifts, including a tennis racket and a running suit.
The teen testified that he ended up staying at Sandusky’s home more than 100 times up until 2009, maybe even 150 or so, sleeping in the basement which had a water bed.
The sexual abuse began with oral sex and elevated into anal sex, he said.
“There was no fighting against it,” he said, adding sometimes he would scream and “tell him to get off me.”
During his cross examination, the teenager said he screamed out for help at least once when Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, was in the house, but he did not know if she heard him because he thought the basement was “soundproof.”
“Nobody can hear you down there,” he said.
One of the other men who testified Thursday is now a member of the Army National Guard. He described frequent sleepovers at Sandusky’s home in 1998 and 1999 that included the ex-coach rubbing his body and touching his penis. He also said Sandusky gave him a bear hug in the shower.
The man said he lived with his mother at the time but did not get along with her. He didn’t know where his father was.
He testified that he felt uncomfortable when Sandusky touched his genitals in bed, and that he would roll over to prevent anything else from happening, but that he didn’t tell Sandusky not to get into bed with him.
“He made me feel like I was a part of something, like a family,” the man said. “He gave me things that I hadn’t had before.” He said he loved Sandusky, and that Sandusky treated him like he was part of an extended family who was “unconditionally loved.”
He said he became angry with Sandusky because the ex-coach never reached out to him after the witness was sent out of the area to live in a group home.
“He just forgot about me, like I was nothing,” said the 25-year-old man known in court documents as Victim 3. “I would pray he would call me and maybe find a way to get me out of there … but it never happened.”
Earlier Thursday, another accuser testified that Sandusky called himself the “tickle monster” and embraced the then-11-year-old boy in a Penn State shower in 1998, an encounter that prompted an investigation but ultimately ended without any charges being filed.
The now-25-year-old alleged victim, known in court records as Victim 6, told jurors Sandusky embraced him in a locker room shower, lathered up his back and shoulders then lifted him chest-to-chest to a shower head to rinse out his hair.
The man said the shared shower happened after a brief workout at a campus gym — even though he hadn’t broken a sweat. His mother went to authorities when she saw her son come home with wet hair, although the inquiry spawned by her report didn’t lead to any charges.
The witness, who described himself as a big football fan, testified that Sandusky had given him a tour of the Penn State football locker room and training facilities, and had him try on some equipment of players including star running back Curtis Enis.
One of the investigators who interviewed the boy and Sandusky at the time, Ronald Schreffler, told the court he thought charges were warranted but that the district attorney, Ray Gricar, disagreed.
Gricar cannot explain his decision — he disappeared in 2005 and was later declared legally dead.
On cross-examination, the man testified that in recent years he and Sandusky exchanged text messages, sent notes for holidays and special occasions and last summer met for lunch. He also told the court that Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, had supported a mission trip he took to Mexico.
When asked why he had decided to testify against Sandusky, the witness said he had been approached by investigators and asked to think more about the 1998 encounter.
“As I started to go over it in my mind I quickly realized, my perception changed thinking about it as an adult as opposed to an 11-year-old,” he said. “That was inappropriate, what happened to me.”
Asked if he was looking for financial benefit from coming forward, the man replied, “Zero.”
Schreffler, a former Penn State police officer who now works for the Department of Homeland Security, said he overheard Sandusky tell to alleged victim’s mother that he wished he was dead as investigators listened in on a conversation set up for the woman to confront him.
During his cross-examination, Sandusky’s attorney presented a transcript of an interview with the accuser in which the boy said there was no sexual contact in the shower.
Gricar was last seen April 15, 2005, about nine months before he was to retire as district attorney, after telling his girlfriend he was going for a drive. His car later was found abandoned at an antiques market.
Gricar’s laptop was found three months later in the nearby Susquehanna River, without its hard drive, which was found separately — and upriver — that October. Investigators later said Gricar had done searches on another computer about how to destroy a hard drive, without explaining why that might be relevant to his disappearance.
Sassano, the state investigator, said authorities obtained lists of children that attended events sponsored by Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, sending investigators across a wide swath of the State College region to talk to participants. They also poured through Sandusky’s biography, “Touched,” and other documents found in his home and office.
They brainstormed about who else could have been in university buildings during off hours, including janitors and others. Eventually, they issued subpoenas to Penn State.
“Penn State, to be quite frank, was not very quick in getting us our information,” he said.
They talked to assistants and others who worked in some of the buildings and locker rooms at the school.
Sassano also explained how investigators pinned down the year that McQueary saw Sandusky in a shower with a boy.
Prosecutors had initially said the abuse took place in 2002 but later changed the year to 2001.
Sassano said he followed up on McQueary’s recollection that he had been watching the inspirational football movie “Rudy” on TV that night. The investigator bought television guides and determined the film had been on TV during a week in early February 2001 but wasn’t listed during that period in 2002, he said.
06-20-2012, 07:46 AM
Wife: Nothing Inappropriate Between Sandusky, Boys :rolleyes:
June 19, 2012 7:46 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s wife testified Tuesday that she remembers most of the men who told a jury that her husband sexually abused them, but she said he never had inappropriate contact with them as boys.
She also said that the basement where the boys would stay wasn’t soundproof, a statement that contradicted one man’s testimony that he screamed during an assault but couldn’t be heard.
Defense lawyers called the former Penn State assistant football coach’s wife to the witness stand Tuesday after they went after two investigators, suggesting that police shared details among accusers and planted the seeds of the alleged victims’ evolving accounts of abuse.
The jury also heard from a psychologist who testified that Sandusky has a personality disorder that might explain the “creepy” letters he sent to one of his accusers. The defense also offered more testimony touting Jerry Sandusky’s reputation as a family man and community stalwart.
Sandusky is charged with 51 criminal counts related to 10 alleged victims over a 15-year span. He’s accused of engaging in illegal sexual contact ranging from fondling to forced oral and anal sex.
Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting his bail, accompanying him to court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence and said that accusers were making up their stories. She is not charged in the case.
In her testimony she said she knew several of the accusers, some well. Some of them, she said, were “clingy” around her husband
while another was “charming.” Nearly all would stay overnight in the Sandusky home and her husband “would tell them good night,” she said.
One witness testified last week that he was attacked by Jerry Sandusky in the basement of the ex-coach’s home and cried out for help when Dottie Sandusky was upstairs. She, however, said the basement was not soundproof and she would have been able to hear shouting if she was upstairs.
She also rebutted one victim’s claim that Sandusky tried to engage in oral sex with him while in a hotel bathroom at the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The man said the assault was interrupted when Dottie Sandusky walked into an adjoining room.
“They were just standing … in a hallway kind of thing… they had their clothes on, they were fully clothed,” she said.
The psychologist, Elliot Atkins, told jurors that he diagnosed Sandusky with histrionic personality disorder after talking with the ex-coach for six hours.
People with the disorder often interact with others in inappropriately seductive ways and don’t feel comfortable unless they’re the center of attention, Atkins explained.
“Often these are people who did not have as much success in relationships — emotional or romantic — (and) relationships in life,” he said, responding to questions from Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola.
According to the National Institutes of Health, histrionic personality disorder occurs more often in women than in men.
Sandusky’s attorney is hoping to convince jurors that the disorder could explain his client’s letters to the accuser known as Victim 4 and other interaction that prosecutors allege show his grooming of victims.
A prosecution psychologist, John Sebastian O’Brien II, however, testified that Sandusky was a man who juggled many tasks at once, something not akin to the disorder.
“I don’t see anything in any of that information to suggest he was a person with a personality disorder that caused him any problems,” O’Brien said.
Amendola also questioned two state police investigators about what details they shared during interviews with the alleged victims, in particular with Victim 4.
Amendola asked retired Cpl. Joseph Leiter if investigators told interviewees about others who had stepped forward.
“In some of our interviews … we did tell them,” he said.
Asked why, Leiter said it was to let possible victims know they were not alone.
“Each of these accusers was very, very seriously injured, and very concerned, and we had told them — especially prior to going to the grand jury — that they wouldn’t be alone, that there were others,” Leiter said.
Leiter said that did not include sharing individual accusers’ recollections of abuse, such as specific sex acts.
“We never told them what anyone else had ever told us,” he said.
But Amendola later read Leiter portions of an interview transcript in which the investigator told the accuser that others had reported abuse that progressed to oral sex and rape.
Victim 4, now 28, testified last week that Sandusky sexually abused him in the locker-room showers and in hotels for five years while trying to ensure his silence with gifts and trips to bowl games.
On the stand, he admitted that he lied to police and his own lawyer about the alleged abuse, saying he had “denied it forever.”
But he testified calmly and firmly, saying Sandusky performed oral sex on him and sent him “creepy love letters.”
The man’s attorney, Ben Andreozzi, also was called to the stand and asked about a discussion he had with investigators during a break in an interview with his client.
On a difficult-to-hear recording of the discussion, Andreozzi and Leiter can be heard talking about the investigation while the accuser is out of the room.
Andreozzi acknowledged to jurors that a guilty verdict in Sandusky’s trial could have an impact on his client if he files a civil lawsuit, but he told the court that hadn’t been decided yet.
Andreozzi also denied coaching his client on what to say to investigators.
“He viewed Jerry as a father figure to him. It’s been extremely difficult talking about this publicly,” Andreozzi said.
The defense appeared to catch one of the investigators in a lie after recalling him to the stand.
Trooper Scott Rossman said that he hadn’t spoken to Leiter about their testimony after he first left the stand Tuesday, but Leiter said they had talked about it.
Meanwhile, another witness told jurors she knew Victim 4 through her brother and that he had a reputation for “dishonesty and embellished stories.” The woman, who said her brother was the alleged victim’s best friend, is an Iraq war veteran who suffered a brain injury before she was discharged.
The defense also called former New York Jets linebacker Lance Mehl, who played for the Nittany Lions in the 1970s.
“We all looked up to him as a class act,” Mehl said when Amendola asked him about Sandusky’s reputation.
Earlier Tuesday, Amendola told reporters to “stay tuned” to find out if Sandusky would take the stand himself, comparing the case to a soap opera. Asked which soap opera, Amendola initially said “General Hospital,” then “All My Children.”
Prosecutors rested their case Monday after presenting 21 witnesses, including eight who said they had been assaulted by Sandusky. The identities of two other alleged victims are unknown to investigators.
Sandusky’s arrest led the university trustees to fire Paterno as coach in November, saying his response to the 2001 report from McQueary showed a lack of leadership. Paterno died of cancer in January.
By taking the stand, Dottie Sandusky has presumably waived any right not to testify against her husband, one prominent Philadelphia defense lawyer said.
Spouses can assert spousal immunity to avoid testifying about anything said in confidence to them by their spouse. But Dottie Sandusky has presumably agreed to waive that privilege since she took the stand, lawyer Brian McMonagle said.
“They’re doing that to show he’s got a wife, he’s normal, kids came over and slept there and there’s never a problem,” McMonagle said. “They want to paint him as normal as they can. I’m sure she’s probably going to be an effective witness in that regard.”
06-22-2012, 08:32 AM
EXCLUSIVE: First Sandusky Accuser Talks on TV
Travis Weaver is the first alleged victim to come forward and tell his story op
By Karen Araiza | Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 | Updated 4:06 PM EDTView
Travis Weaver talks exclusively on Rock Center with Brian Williams at 10 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, 2012. Weaver claims he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky more than 100 times.
Travis Weaver is the first alleged victim to come forward and tell his story on television. Weaver claims he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. He talks tonight, exclusively to NBC's Kate Snow on Rock Center at 10 p.m on NBC10.
Weaver has testified in front of a grand jury, although not the grand jury probe that led to the current trial and Weaver was not called as a witness in the current trial. He is suing Sandusky and Penn State University.
Weaver told Snow (@tvkatesnow) that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him more than one hundred times over a period of four years, starting in 1992 when he was just 10 years old.
Weaver, now 30, says he thought he was the only boy it happened to, until he saw Sandusky on the news, arrested on charged he molested other boys.
Travis Weaver says he never told a soul until last fall, when he told his family his story for the first time. Weaver says he still feels numb, but that it's been therapeutic to speak out.
Kate Snow talks live to NBC10 News this afternoon in our 5 p.m. hour. And you can see Snow's full interview with Travis Weaver on Rock Center with Brian Williams tonight at 10 p.m. only on NBC10 News.
06-22-2012, 08:46 AM
Sandusky's Adopted Son Almost Testified Against Dad: NBC News
Sources tell NBC News that Sandusky's son was in the courthouse Wednesday ready to rebut his father's testimony if Jerry Sandusky had testified
By Dan Stamm | Thursday, Jun 21, 2012 | Updated 10:38 AM
The threat of the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky possibly delivering potentially damaging testimony may have prevented his father from taking the stand in his own defense against charges of child-sex abuse, sources tell NBC News.
In a report on the Today Show Thursday morning, Michael Isikoff reported that Matt Sandusky, one of six of Jerry and Dottie Sandusky’s adopted children, was caught by an NBC camera entering the Centre County courthouse Wednesday as rumors swirled that Jerry Sandusky was going to take the stand to explain the so-called love letters and the Bob Costas' interview on Rock Center With Brian Williams.
With Matt Sandusky, 33, in the courthouse, Jerry Sandusky, lawyers and Judge John Cleland :p went into judge’s chambers. They emerged about 30 minutes later with Jerry Sandusky appearing more somber. At that time Sandusky’s lawyer put to rest any rumors of his client testifying by saying, “the defense rests.”
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It’s still not clear what Matt Sandusky -- who Sandusky met through his charity The Second Mile in 1995 and would later adopt when he was 18 -- could have said on the stand and NBC News’ attempts to reach him were unsuccessful. He was a stalwart of his father through much of the trial and even sat with his mother and other family members in court last week.
But, according to NBC News sources, Matt Sandusky contacted prosecutors after the trial began and told them he would provide testimony about some of the events he allegedly witnessed his 68-year-old father commit.
A source close to Sandusky told NBC News that no single factor led to the ex-Penn State assistant coach choosing to not testify.
Closing arguments began Thursday morning and the jury could get the case before the day ends. They will have three less charges to consider after Cleland tossed two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse related to the alleged sexual abuse of an accuser known as Victim 4. Cleland says the charges did not bear out what testimony revealed.
The judge also removed a count that he says was redundant.
Cleland also ruled against a defense motion to dismiss five counts related to a boy who was allegedly seen with Sandusky by a janitor.
06-23-2012, 07:50 AM
Jerry Sandusky Guilty On 45 Counts
BAIL REVOKED: Sandusky Heads To Center County Correctional Facility
June 22, 2012 9:34 PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (CBS/AP) —Jerry Sandusky showed little emotion as the jury in child sex abuse trial read the verdict finding him “guilty” on 45 counts and “not guilty” on three. The judge immediately revoked his bail and he was handcuffed and sent to the Center County Correctional Facility.
“The Sandusky family is very disappointed obviously by the verdict of the jury but we respect their verdict, said defense attorney Joe Amendola. “We have some appeal issues, we’ll pursue.”
The 68-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach fought 48 counts that accused him of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Word of a verdict broke at about 9:30 p.m. and a court official alerted the media it would be returned at about 9:50 p.m. The courtroom was closed by the time the jury and attorneys assembled for the verdict, and no one was be allowed to leave until court until it was adjourned, the judge said in a court order earlier in the week. The verdict was read count by count. Media was barred from transmitting any results of the verdict until adjournment, with the judge promising sanctions for any reporter or media organization violating his order and jurors did not grant any post-trial interviews.
After learning about the verdict, Penn State released a statement that read in part: “The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing.”
The Paterno family also responded to the outcome of the trial saying, “Although we understand the task of healing is just beginning, today’s verdict is an important milestone. The community owes a measure of gratitude to the jurors for their diligent service. Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with the victims and their families.”
Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett reacted by first thanking the jury for their willingness to serve on this case, and by saying: “I also want to commend the multiple victims in this case who had the courage to come forward and testify in court, confronting Sandusky, and proving beyond a reasonable doubt that he is guilty of these reprehensible crimes,’’ Corbett said.
Earlier in the evening, Sandusky’s lawyer said he would be shocked and “die of a heart attack” if the former Penn State assistant football coach were acquitted on all counts in his child sex abuse trial.
The candid remarks by Joe Amendola lasted about 15 minutes inside the courtroom and opened a wide window into Sandusky’s state of mind as he and his wife, Dottie, waited for a verdict.
Jurors began deliberating the case Thursday and talked all day Friday.
Amendola said the Sanduskys were spending a lot of time praying. He described the atmosphere at their home as like a funeral.
The couple was “crushed” Thursday when lawyers for one of their sons, Matt Sandusky, said the 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors, Amendola said. Matt Sandusky said his father abused him, his attorneys said.
Amendola said he wasn’t surprised by another man, Travis Weaver, who claimed during an NBC interview Thursday that he was abused by Sandusky more than 100 times in the early 1990s, or by any others who might come forward.
“Money does a lot of bad things to people,” he said.
As for Sandusky and his family, Amendola said he has given them an objective appraisal of what they could expect.
“I’ve used the best example I could use: climbing Mount Everest from the bottom of the mountain,” he said. “It’s a daunting, daunting case.”
He also said that Sandusky had his wife talk to a criminal defense lawyer a couple months ago “just to be careful.”
Amendola’s interview ended when he was summoned into the chambers of Judge John Cleland, who presided over the two-week trial. Cleland has issued a gag order barring lawyers from discussing the case.
The verdict will impact not only Sandusky and the eight young men who accused him of molestation, but a range of civil and criminal probes of the scandal that shamed the university and brought down coach Joe Paterno.
The jury’s apparent focus on the charges involving an unknown boy called Victim 2 in court papers renewed attention on the separate criminal case against two former school officials.
Tim Curley, who temporarily stepped down as athletic director, and now-retired vice president Gary Schultz are charged with lying to a grand jury about what they knew of the 2001 assault that then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he witnessed.
Jurors took copious notes and appeared to pay close attention Friday as McQueary’s two-hour testimony was read back to them. McQueary, who said he walked in on the assault, testified that he did not see penetration, but he did see a boy pressed up against a wall in the football team shower with Sandusky behind him.
Jurors also reheard the testimony of a McQueary family friend, Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who said that McQueary told him a different version of the story that didn’t include sexual contact.
McQueary, however, also testified that he hadn’t told Dranov everything that he saw.
The jury also sought details from the judge on charges connected to a boy known in court records as Victim 8. Cleland told the jurors in a brief courtroom meeting that they must be satisfied that there is other evidence that abuse occurred, not just statements from a janitor who relayed a co-worker’s account.
On Friday, a judge in Harrisburg scheduled a July 11 status conference with lawyers for Curley and Schultz, who are also charged with failing to properly report suspected child abuse to authorities. They are fighting the charges and await trial.
Philadelphia attorney Fortunato Perri Jr., who has been following the Sandusky trial, said an acquittal of Sandusky on the counts involving Victim 2 could provide a road map for the defense of Curley and Schultz.
“You’ve now had a jury kind of preview your case with respect to the credibility of McQueary,” Perri said. “Who knows if the next jury would believe him or not believe him? But you’ve got to feel pretty good if you’re representing those two guys, and a jury has taken a good long look at McQueary’s testimony and decided something didn’t smell right about it.”
Bruce Antkowiak, a former federal prosecutor and defense attorney who now teaches law at St. Vincent College near Latrobe, said the Sandusky jury’s verdict on the charges involving Victim 2 is legally irrelevant to Curley and Schultz.
That’s because, Antkowiak said, they are charged with violating a legal duty to properly report the allegation that Sandusky abused the boy — regardless of whether it was later proven.
“The underlying truth of what was going on in that shower doesn’t affect their underlying obligation to report the initial allegation,” Antkowiak said.
Defense lawyers for Curley and Schultz did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
Sandusky has repeatedly denied the allegations against him. The defense portrayed him as the hapless victim of a conspiracy to convict him of heinous crimes. They explain the 48 charges against him as the result of an investigatory team out for blood and accusers who willingly played along in hopes of securing a big payday.
Even if he had been acquitted, Sandusky could face additional criminal charges involving accusers who came forward after his November arrest.
The attorney general’s office has said repeatedly that it has an “active and ongoing” investigation of Sandusky, while federal prosecutors in Harrisburg issued a wide-ranging subpoena in February for university computer records and other information.
Civil lawsuits also are likely against Sandusky, his Second Mile charity and Penn State.
No sentencing date was set, but the judge scheduled an August 13th pre-sentencing hearing. His lawyers plan to ask on Monday that he be granted house arrest.
“The sentence that Jerry will receive will be a life sentence,” said Amendola.
06-23-2012, 10:02 AM
Now comes the issue of liability of Penn State itself.
06-23-2012, 12:45 PM
Don't ask, don't tell, now there is perverted marriage's openly in the Legion's.
Media/movie's for years has peddled it as normal and just okay.
The enemy aliens who own media have blood on their hands for so much of our agony of our Nation destroyed with contrived war's that hurt US since 1914. Perversion and corruption go with regime's not Nation's.
1913 Dec. 24, that was the date spelled the end of US IMO.
06-25-2012, 12:50 PM
Sandusky Defiant: I'm Innocent!
Lawyer who visited him on Monday says Jerry Sandusky wants "people to know that he's not guilty."
Monday, Jun 25, 2012 | Updated 3:42 PM
A lawyer for Jerry Sandusky says the retired Penn State assistant football coach wants "people to know that he's not guilty.''
Sandusky was convicted Friday of 45 counts for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Karl Rominger, who represents Sandusky along with Joe Amendola, says he visited the 68-year-old convict at the Centre County jail Monday.
Rominger says Sandusky's mood is defiant.
He says Sandusky is being kept away from other inmates and has not been able to see his family pending a psychological evaluation.
Rominger says that Sandusky is still under observation but that his client is not suicidal. The attorney says Sandusky wants the examination to take place so that he can start receiving visits from his family.
06-26-2012, 11:29 AM
Hey ! Hollywood when is your new movie being made defending the assault on boys and young men as natural ?
You dirty regime Hollywood media bastards, every one of you should be deported or sent to be with Sandusky.
06-30-2012, 10:02 AM
CNN: PSU Officials Sent Emails About Sandusky in 2001
A new CNN report showing alleged secret emails between Penn State officials suggests major new revelations regarding how much they knew about Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse.
By David Chang | Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 | Updated 12:51 AM
CNN reports they received four emails between Penn State President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley discussing the 2001 shower incident a little more than two weeks after Mike McQueary reported it.
A new CNN report showing alleged secret emails between Penn State officials suggests major new revelations regarding how they responded to allegations of Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse.
During Friday night’s episode of Anderson 360, CNN’s Susan Candiotti claimed the network received four email exchanges between Penn State President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley.
The alleged emails discuss the 2001 shower incident in which former assistant coach Mike McQueary claimed to have seen Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy in a campus locker room.
CNN states the first email was made on February 26, 2001, 16 days after McQueary reported to Joe Paterno about the locker room incident.
CNN reports that in the email, Schultz messaged Curley about a plan to speak with Sandusky and contact his 2nd Mile Organization as well as the Department of Welfare, an agency which investigates suspected abuse.
CNN states Curley allegedly sent an email to Penn State President Spanier the next night claiming he wanted to talk things over with Sandusky and work with him before contacting child welfare. The CNN report also states Curley wrote the following exchange, indicating he spoke with Coach Joe Paterno about the incident:
After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone, but the person involved. I would be more comfortable meeting with the person…tell him about the information we received…tell him we are aware of the first situation.
CNN reports “the first situation” was another shower incident between Sandusky and a boy back in 1998, which Sandusky was not charged for at the time.
CNN states Curley wrote in the email that he planned to tell Sandusky there was “a problem” and offer “professional help.” Curley also allegedly wrote he planned to “work with” Sandusky if he was cooperative and inform the Second Mile and child welfare if he was not.
CNN then states President Spanier responded two hours later, writing the following:
I am supportive. The only downside for us is if the message isn’t “heard” and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road.
CNN then says Schultz sent an alleged email to President Spanier and Curley the next day, stating they would inform Second Mile with or without Sandusky’s cooperation. He also allegedly stated however they would “play it by ear to decide about the other organization.”
Prosecutors say Penn State never reported the incident to any outside agencies however. Sandusky went on to sexually abuse at least four other boys after the 2001 shower incident.
CNN has not revealed how they obtained the alleged emails.
Both Curley and Schultz were indicted by the grand jury for perjury and failing to report possible abuse. They were both suspended from their positions following the indictment.
CNN reports President Spanier’s lawyers did not return their calls for comment on the alleged emails. Lawyers for Curley and Schultz sent the following statement to CNN however:
As Governor Tom Corbett stated, if we were going to do this case, we had to have the best possible case to go against somebody like Mr. Sandusky who was…loved by everybody…carried out of the football stadium on the shoulders of his football team…For Curley, Schultz, Spanier and Paterno, the responsible and ‘humane’ thing to do was, like Governor Corbett, to carefully and responsibly assess the best way to handle vague, but troubling allegations. Faced with tough situations, good people try to do their best to make the right decisions.
A spokesman for Joe Paterno’s family also responded to the report, according to CNN, claiming that neither he nor the family have seen any emails. He also stated Paterno never communicated by email and told CNN “everyone wants the truth and Joe always told the truth.”
07-01-2012, 07:32 AM
Report: Ex-PSU President OK’d Not Reporting Abuse
June 30, 2012 5:34 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Emails show Penn State’s former president Graham Spanier agreed not to take allegations of sex abuse against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to authorities but worried university officials would be “vulnerable” for failing to report it, a news organization has reported.
CNN says the emails, first obtained by and reported on by NBC, followed a graduate assistant’s 2001 report of seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a team locker room shower.
The emails show athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz intended to report the allegation, then reconsidered. Spanier responded that he was “supportive” of their plan, but he worried they might “become vulnerable for not having reported it.”
Sandusky was convicted this month of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys. The scandal led to the ouster of Spanier and revered coach Joe Paterno and charges against Curley and Schultz, who are accused of perjury for their grand jury testimony and failing to properly report suspected child abuse. Spanier hasn’t been charged.
The CNN report cites an email from Schultz to Curley on Feb. 26, 2001, 16 days after graduate assistant Mike McQueary told veteran coach Joe Paterno about the shower assault. Schultz suggests bringing the allegation to the attention of Sandusky,Sandusky’s charity and the Department of Welfare, which investigates suspected child abuse, according to the report.
But the next night, Curley sent an email to Spanier, saying that after thinking about it more and talking to Paterno, he was “uncomfortable” with that plan and wanted to work with Sandusky before contacting authorities, the report said.
If Sandusky is cooperative, Curley’s email said, “we would work with him. …. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups,” according to the report.
Spanier wrote back and agreed with that approach, calling it “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” according to the report. But he also worried about the consequences.
“The only downside for us is if message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road,” the email said, according to CNN.
Spanier’s attorney didn’t immediately return a call from The Associated Press seeking comment Saturday.
Schultz and Curley’s lawyers on Saturday echoed recent comments by Gov. Tom Corbett about the need for a solid case before charging Sandusky. Corbett began the investigation in 2009 when he was attorney general.
“For Curley, Schultz, Spanier and Paterno, the responsible and ‘humane’ thing to do was, like Governor Corbett, to carefully and responsibly assess the best way to handle vague, but troubling allegations,” the lawyers said. “Faced with tough situations, good people try to do their best to make the right decisions.”
Paterno, ousted by the school’s board of trustees for what was called his “failure of leadership” surrounding allegations against Sandusky, died of lung cancer in January. After Sandusky’s arrest, Paterno said through a spokesman that he reported the allegation to the head of his department and “that was the last time the matter was brought to my attention until this investigation and I assumed that the men I referred it to handled the matter appropriately.”
Schultz, 62, and Curley, 58, deny the allegations and have asked a judge to dismiss the charges. A status conference for their case is scheduled for July 11.
Spanier sued Penn State in May to try to get copies of his email traffic from 1998 to 2004, citing the pending investigation being conducted on the university by former FBI director Louis Freeh. Two weeks ago, lawyers for Penn State asked a judge to throw out the lawsuit and said the attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting Curley and Schultz, had asked them not to provide Spanier with the emails.
07-11-2012, 07:50 AM
Family Releases Statement: ‘Paterno Did Not Cover Up For Jerry Sandusky’
July 10, 2012 11:47 PM
By Todd Quinones
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) - The Freeh report is expected to go a long way in defining Joe Paterno’s legacy. So much so Paterno’s family issued a statement Tuesday night in advance of the report’s release Thursday morning.
Paterno’s family contends Jerry Sandusky was a master deceiver who fooled, among other, coaches and Penn State board members.
They argue coach Paterno was neither a saint nor a villain.
The family says Paterno is the only person who publicly acknowledged that, with the benefit of hindsight, he wished he had done more.
The statement goes on to say “Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky.”
All of this comes as former Penn State president Graham Spainer says he was never informed that Sandusky was allegedly spotted molesting a boy in a school shower.
Spainer’s lawyers are rebutting reports that indicate the deposed official could have tried to cover up the abuse that ultimately led to Sandusky’s conviction last month.
The lawyers say, “At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind.”
The report, which could be about 100 pages or so, is expected to be released on Thursday morning at nine. Investigators will hold a press conference about an hour later.
Read The Full Statement From The Paterno Family Below…
“Over the last nine months Joe Paterno has been praised by some in near saintly terms and criticized by others as a villain. He was neither.
As the people who worked closely with Joe know, he was tough, aggressive, opinionated and demanding. He was also highly principled, uncompromisingly ethical, dedicated to his job at Penn State and committed to excellence.
When the Sandusky case exploded last fall, Joe’s first instincts were to tell everything he knew. He assumed the University would want to hear from him, but he was never given the chance to present his case.
He planned to hold a press conference, but University officials ordered him to cancel it. And then the various investigations started and the legal process took over. On top of everything else, Joe was diagnosed with lung cancer. Two months later he was gone. The end result is his story has never fully been told.
As this situation unfolded, Joe cautioned everyone not to jump to conclusions. He believed that a rush to judgment and a disregard for due process would ultimately result in conclusions that would not stand the test of time. To be clear, he did not fear the truth, he sought it. As much as anyone he wanted to know exactly what Jerry Sandusky had done and he wanted to understand how it happened.
The hiring of the Freeh Group is the single most important action the Board of Trustees has taken. Joe supported this decision with the hope that it would result in a thorough, balanced and thoughtful assessment of the Sandusky tragedy. Unfortunately, recent events have raised questions about the fairness and confidentiality of the investigative process.
Over the last several weeks there has been a virtual torrent of leaks about the Freeh Group’s work. To be clear, we do not know the source, or sources, of the leaks. What cannot be disputed, however, is that select emails intended to smear Joe Paterno and other former Penn State officials have been released. Testimony from witnesses highly critical of Joe has been revealed. And purported conclusions condemning the culture of the football program have been widely disseminated. The Board promised a fair, transparent and impartial process. These developments are a threat to their stated objectives.
When these leaks first started we appealed to the Freeh Group, the Board and the Attorney General to condemn the leaks and caution the public that it would be wrong to reach any conclusions from selectively released materials. We then asked that all emails and other documents be released so a full picture of their research could be understood.
As purported conclusions started leaking out, we followed up with the Freeh Group to ask for the right to respond. Since Joe Paterno never had an opportunity to present his case, we believe we should have a reasonable time to review their findings and offer information that could help complete the picture. We were told we could offer responses to the publicly reported allegations, but the Freeh Group declined to confirm that these allegations are in the final report. It is our firm belief that the report would be stronger and more credible if we were simply given a chance to review the findings concerning Joe Paterno in order to present the case he was never allowed to make.
Since the outcome of this process appears set in stone, we have no choice but to wait for the report and respond as best we can. Given that the report is estimated to be between 100-150 pages it will understandably take us some time to study it and prepare a comprehensive response.
In advance of the release of the report, there are a few facts we want on the record:
· We would still welcome a chance to meet with the Freeh Group to review the findings and offer a response. We do not seek or expect the right to edit the report; but we believe our voice should be reflected in its conclusions.
· To this point, Joe Paterno is the only person who publicly acknowledged that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. This was an honest and courageous admission that a true leader must assume a measure of responsibility when something goes wrong on his watch.
· The sad and frightening fact is Jerry Sandusky was a master deceiver. He fooled players, coaches, law enforcement officials, child service professionals, Penn State Board members, University leaders, neighbors, donors, staff and supporters of Second Mile and his family.
· With respect to the email from Tim Curley which stated, “After giving it more thought, and talking it over with Joe yesterday – I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps,” the media spin that this is proof of some sort of cover up is completely false. When the facts come out, it will be clear that Joe Paterno never gave Tim Curley any instructions to protect Sandusky or limit any investigation of his actions.
· Joe Paterno did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky. :rolleyes: Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. :rolleyes: Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. :rolleyes: To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth. :rolleyes:
If he were with us today, we are certain Joe Paterno would say that he wished he had done any number of things differently. We also believe he would make it clear that he was not an investigator, law enforcement officer, child services professional or a member of the Board of Trustees. Joe would accept his responsibility, but he would expect others to step forward as well.”
07-22-2012, 07:31 AM
Joe Paterno Statue Taken Down
July 22, 2012 7:56 AM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – The famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.
Workers lifted the 7-foot-tall statue off its base and used a forklift to move it into Beaver Stadium as the 100 to 150 students watching chanted, “We are Penn State.”
The university announced earlier Sunday that it was taking down the monument in the wake of an investigative report that found the late coach and three other top Penn State administrators concealed sex abuse claims against retired assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Meanwhile, the NCAA said that that it would levy “corrective and punitive measures” against Penn State in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal involving former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The organization announced Sunday that it would spell out the sanctions on Monday but disclosed no details.
NCAA President Mark Emmert hasn’t ruled out the possibility of shutting down the Penn State football program in the wake of the scandal, adding that he had “never seen anything as egregious.”
The statue, weighing more than 900 pounds, was built in 2001 in honor of Paterno’s record-setting 324th Division I coaching victory and his “contributions to the university.”
A spokeswoman for the Paterno family didn’t immediately return phone and email messages. Sue Paterno and two of the Paternos’ children visited the statue Friday as students and fans lined up to get their pictures taken with the landmark.
Construction vehicles and police arrived shortly after dawn Sunday, barricading the street and sidewalks near the statue, erecting a chain-link fence then concealing the statue with a blue tarp.
Penn State President Rod Erickson said he decided to have the statue removed and put into storage because it “has become a source of division and an obstacle to healing.”
“I believe that, were it to remain, the statue will be a recurring wound to the multitude of individuals across the nation and beyond who have been the victims of child abuse,” Erickson said in a statement released at 7 a.m. Sunday.
He said Paterno’s name will remain on the campus library because it “symbolizes the substantial and lasting contributions to the academic life and educational excellence that the Paterno family has made to Penn State University.”
The statue’s sculptor, Angelo Di Maria, said it was upsetting to hear that the statue had been taken down.
“It’s like a whole part of me is coming down. It’s just an incredibly emotional process,” Di Maria said.
“When things quiet down, if they do quiet down, I hope they don’t remove it permanently or destroy it,” he said. “His legacy should not be completely obliterated and thrown out. … He was a good man. It wasn’t that he was an evil person. He made a mistake.”
The bronze sculpture has been a rallying point for students and alumni outraged over Paterno’s firing four days after Sandusky’s Nov. 5 arrest – and grief-stricken over the Hall of Fame coach’s Jan. 22 death at age 85.
But it turned into a target for critics after a report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh alleged a cover-up by Paterno, ousted President Graham Spanier and two Penn State officials, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz. Their failure to report Sandusky to child-welfare authorities in 2001 allowed him to continue molesting boys, the report found.
Paterno’s family, along with attorneys for Spanier, Curley and Schultz, vehemently deny any suggestion they protected a pedophile. Curley and Schultz await trial on charges of failing to report child abuse and lying to a grand jury but maintain their innocence. Spanier hasn’t been charged. Sandusky was convicted last month of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Some newspaper columnists and former Florida State coach Bobby Bowden have said the statue should be taken down, while a small plane pulled a banner over State College reading, “Take the statue down or we will.”
But Paterno still has plenty of fans, and Penn State’s decision to remove the monument won’t sit well with them. One student had even vowed to “chain myself to that statue” if there was an attempt to remove it, but there was no attempt to stop the work Sunday.
University officials had called the issue a sensitive one in light of Paterno’s enormous contributions to the school over a 61-year coaching career. The Paterno family is well-known in the community for philanthropic efforts, including the millions of dollars they’ve donated to the university to help build a library and fund endowments and scholarships.
07-22-2012, 07:59 AM
The famed statue of Joe Paterno was taken down from outside the Penn State football stadium Sunday, eliminating a key piece of the iconography surrounding the once-sainted football coach accused of burying child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant.
Sports, Niggers, & Homos all go hand in hand.
Worship one, you might as well worship them all; enable one, empower them all.
Perhaps the best use for the statute is to drop it in the ocean where it belongs--after handcuffing as many pedophiles to it as possible.
07-23-2012, 04:53 AM
Maybe San Francisco could find a suitable spot for it.
07-27-2012, 07:45 AM
Victim #2 Comes Forward, Plans To Sue Penn State University
July 26, 2012 4:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker-room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward publicly to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university.
The man’s lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered “overwhelming evidence” on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years.
Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of Mike McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant at the time and described seeing the attack.
“Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him,” the lawyers said in a news release.
They did not name their client, and The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent.
The university said it was taking the case seriously but would not comment on pending litigation.
University President Rodney Erickson and the board of trustees, a school spokesman said, “have publicly emphasized that their goal is to find solutions that rest on the principle of justice for the victims.”
The statement from the man’s attorneys said Victim 2 suffered “extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed.”
McQueary testified in December at a hearing that he had seen Sandusky and a boy, both naked, in a team shower after hearing skin-on-skin slapping sounds.
“I would have described that it was extremely sexual and I thought that some kind of intercourse was going on,” McQueary said.
McQueary reported the abuse to school officials, including Paterno, but none of them told police. In a recent report conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh and commissioned by Penn State, the investigators excoriated Paterno and the other administrators for not attempting to identify Victim 2, saying it showed “a striking lack of empathy.”
Trustees fired Paterno, who has since died, because he failed to do more about claims against Sandusky, and the scathing independent review said several top school officials looked the other way because they were afraid of bad publicity. The NCAA has vacated 112 Penn State wins.
In a pair of voicemails recorded last year, released with the statement and posted online by the lawyers, a voice that’s purportedly Sandusky’s expresses his love and says he wants to express his feelings “up front.”
The voicemails are dated Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, less than two months before the former Penn State coach was arrested on child sex abuse charges. Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 sex abuse counts and awaits sentencing.
The second voicemail asks whether Victim 2 would like to attend Penn State’s next game.
Sandusky left “numerous” voicemails for their client that fall, the attorneys said.
Before the trial, defense attorney Joe Amendola said he had met with a man he believed he might be Victim 2 and the man told him he had not been abused by Sandusky. Amendola said he was not convinced and did not intend to subpoena him, but also said Sandusky himself was insistent they had the right person.
The statement from Victim 2′s lawyers leaves many questions unanswered, including whether he had been in contact with prosecutors before or during the trial, whether he remembers McQueary, and whether he is the same person who met with Amendola.
“Jerry Sandusky’s abuse of Victim 2 and other children is a direct result of a conspiracy to conceal Sandusky’s conduct and the decisions by top Penn State officials that facilitated and enabled his access to victims,” the statement read. “We intend to file a civil lawsuit against Penn State University and others and to hold them accountable for the egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered.”
The statement did not say when the lawsuit would be filed or contain details on what redress the plaintiff is seeking. The lawyers said they would not have further comment, and messages left for their spokesman were not immediately returned.
Several messages seeking comment from Amendola and Sandusky’s other lawyer, Karl Rominger, were not immediately returned.
Prosecutors had said on several occasions they did not know the identity of the boy, and they offered no reaction to the lawyers’ announcement Thursday.
“We can’t comment, given both our ongoing criminal prosecutions and our ongoing investigation,” said Nils Frederiksen, spokesman for the attorney general’s office.
The attorneys who released the statement include several based in Philadelphia and in State College, home to Penn State’s main campus — where the shower assault took place.
08-11-2012, 08:00 AM
Investigation Launched Into Whether Sandusky Was Sharing Child Porn
August 10, 2012 3:49 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) – CBS News is reporting that U.S. Postal inspectors are investigating whether disgraced former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was part of a child pornography ring.
Investigators seized a computer from Sandusky at the beginning of the year and have since been looking into the possibility that the coach was sharing child porn with others. They are also investigating whether Sandusky sent “seductive letters” across state lines for sexual purposes.
The investigation, which was launched in early 2012, involves both the U.S. Postal Inspectors office in Harrisburg and the U.S. Attorney Office of the Middle District of Pennsylvania.
Sandusky, who was arrested last November on allegations of child sexual abuse, was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
08-15-2012, 05:46 PM
Report: Jerry Sandusky Writing Book In Jail
Apparently young boy hockey-packing is on the "must read" list...
09-05-2012, 08:11 AM
Penn State's Sandusky Bills Total $17M
Posted: Sep 05, 2012 7:03 AM EDT
Updated: Sep 05, 2012 7:03 AM EDT
The Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is taking a big toll on Penn State University's finances.
The university says it has spent close to $17 million since the sexual abuse allegations first unraveled.
That figure includes legal fees, consultants and public relations firms that were hired to help deal with damage control.
The university is also facing lawsuits from Sandusky's accusers, plus a $60-million fine from the NCAA.
Meanwhile, the charity founded by the convicted child-molester Sandusky will not be transferring its assets just yet.
A judge OK'd a request by the Second Mile to hold off on transferring its cash to a Texas-based charity until all claims from Sandusky's victims are resolved.
10-03-2012, 08:02 AM
Former Assistant Football Coach Files Lawsuit Against Penn State University
October 2, 2012 4:54 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at his sex abuse trial sued the university on Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation.
Mike McQueary’s whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks millions of dollars in damages.
Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre declined to comment on Tuesday, and McQueary’s lawyer Elliot Strokoff :D did not return a phone message.
The lawsuit discloses that shortly after Sandusky was charged, the university’s then-president, Graham Spanier, met with athletic department staff inside the university’s football stadium and expressed his support for athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz, who had been charged with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse in the Sandusky case. Spanier also issued a public statement with the same message.
Curley, now on leave, and Schultz, who has retired, have repeatedly denied the charges against them and await trial.
McQueary said Spanier’s support of the two administrators was designed to preserve the university’s reputation and make McQueary a scapegoat.
McQueary, whose contract with Penn State wasn’t renewed, testified this summer that he came upon Sandusky and the boy in a sexually suggestive position in a team shower in early 2001.
He told jurors at Sandusky’s trial he saw that the boy’s hands were against a wall and Sandusky was behind him, with his midsection moving subtly, and he heard a “skin-on-skin smacking sound.”
McQueary reported the episode to then-head football coach Joe Paterno, who in turn alerted Curley and Schultz. Paterno was fired after the three men were charged, and he died of complications from lung cancer in January.
McQueary claims that the November meeting with Spanier “clearly suggest(ed) that (McQueary) was lying in his reports and testimonies that he had reported the sexual misconduct.”
“Spanier’s statements have irreparably harmed (McQueary’s) reputation for honesty and integrity, and have irreparably harmed (his) ability to earn a living, especially in his chosen profession of coaching football,” the lawsuit said.
Messages left for Spanier and his lawyer on Tuesday were not immediately returned.
The lawsuit said McQueary, placed on administrative leave Nov. 11, learned his contract was not being renewed, meaning he was no longer a university employee, from a news conference held in July by the university’s new president, Rodney Erickson. He said his salary last year was $140,000 and his future earnings as a coach would amount to at least $4 million.
He alleges he was let go because he cooperated with investigators, testified at the preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz and is expected to be a prime witness against them at trial. He wants reinstatement, a bowl bonus he lost while on leave, legal fees, back pay and benefits through the Sandusky trial, among other things.
Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator, was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys, some on campus. He remains jailed awaiting sentencing next week.
Eight young men testified against Sandusky, describing a range of abuse they said went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex and anal rape when they were boys.
The 68-year-old Sandusky maintains his innocence, acknowledging he showered with boys but insisting he never molested them. He’s likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life.
10-09-2012, 08:04 AM
Jerry Sandusky Sentenced To 30-60 Years
October 9, 2012 10:42 AM
By Tony Romeo, Ben Simmoneau, Steve Beck
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (CBS) — More than three months after his child sex abuse conviction in a case that rocked Penn State University, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison Tuesday. He was given credit for 112 days of time served and must pay the cost of prosecution and $1,706 in restitution.
The sentence essentially guarantees that Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison.
“That has the unmistakable impact of staying in prison for the rest of your life,” Judge John Cleland said during sentencing.
Sandusky will remain at the Centre County Prison for 10 days and will then be transferred to the state prison at Camp Hill.
Sandunghole, 68, was convicted in June on 45 counts of sexual abuse that involved 10 boys over a 15 year span.
Penn State President Rodney Erickson released the following statement regarding Sandusky’s sentence:
“Our thoughts today, as they have been for the last year, go out to the victims of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse. While today’s sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery.”
Cameras were rolling as Sandusky arrived to court at 8:44 a.m. Tuesday. He was dressed in a red jumpsuit with handcuffs on his wrists. He said nothing as he was led into court by a sheriff’s deputy.
During his sentencing, Sandusky read a statement that started off: “I’m grateful for the opportunity to speak today. I feel the need to talk, not from arrogance, from my heart … I’m filled with emotion, filled with determination. I didn’t do these alleged disgusting acts.”
Before Sandusky was sentenced, a hearing was held in the courtroom that designated Sandusky as a sexually violent predator under Pennsylvania’s “Megan’s Law.”
On Monday, a recorded statement that Sandusky read from his prison cell in Bellefonte was released. In the statement, Sandusky continued to profess his innocence.
The statement was first aired on ComRadio Monday at 6 p.m., a day before Sandusky’s sentencing.
Here is some of what Sandusky said:
“A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige … will all be temporary.”
10-09-2012, 07:04 PM
"I didn’t do these alleged disgusting acts.”
A little clever inversion of words here: was Sundusky suggesting that the acts were "allegedly" disgusting and therefore denying them on that basis, i.e., he doesn't consider the acts disgusting and therefore he didn't do anything disgusting?
He should have just denied doing the disgusting acts, instead.
10-12-2012, 03:20 PM
Dottie Sandusky: Jerry's No Monster; Matt's BipolarIn a letter to the judge after her husband's conviction on 45 counts of child sex abuse, Dottie Sandusky, says Jerry is no monster, and that people need to understand what kind of person their son Matt is. Matt accused Jerry of abusing him as a boy.
By Karen Araiza | Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 | Updated 5:57 PM
Court officials have released a letter that Dottie Sandusky wrote to Judge John Cleland after her husband, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Dottie wanted the judge to consider what she had to say before he sentenced Jerry Sandusky to 30 to 60 years for those crimes.
A portion of the letter seems to be a response to allegations that Dottie knew her husband was abusing boys in the basement of their home. During the trial, Victim No. 9 testified that he screamed for help from that basement bedroom as Jerry Sandusky sodomized him and forced him to perform oral sex, but that no one answered his yells for help.
Dear Judge Cleland:
I am Dottie Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's wife of 46 years in September. It is with a heavy heart I write this to you. I have known Jerry for 47 years and he has always been truthful with me, even if it hurt. He is a very up front man and a man of very high morals.
Jerry always put others before himself and always wanted to make each person feel special no matter who they were. Like all of us he has his faults, one is he cares so much for people always wanting them to reach their potential. Therefore he pushes them hard. One 42 year old man who was in the Second Mile stopped by the other day and told me how thankful he is to Jerry for pushing him to be the best he could be. He said, "What I learned from Jerry has made me a better husband and father." This is a young man who had many strikes against him.
Jerry was a wonderful father to our six children. We thank God each day for bringing them into our life. He treated each one as if they were our biological children. Our house was a fun house with lots of games, picnics, laughs and caring. There were always lots of people around whether it was friends of our kids, Second Mile kids or neighbors.
I never saw him doing anything inappropriate to any child, if I had, as a Mother and Grandmother I would have taken action. Jerry is not the monster everyone is making him out to be.
Many times he would give up much of his free time, which was not many hours when he was a coach, to make a sporting event of one of the kids he was trying to help. Sometimes we would drive two hours to spend time with these kids.
One of the accusers called Jerry and said he could not do his school work because his computer broke and Jerry found a used computer that someone was not using and gave it to him. Fact is most of the things he gave to the accusers were used or given to him by people who wanted to help these young men.
I use to believe in our protective system, but now have no faith in the police or legal system. To think that they can lie and get by with the lies. The press has been unbelievable. People who have not met us are writing untruths.
As far as our son Matt goes, people need to know what kind of person he is. We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies. He has been diagnose with Bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine. He has had many run-ins with the law and stolen money and items from our family. We still love him and want the best for him, but because of his actions we cannot express this to him.
I pray each day that God will give me the strength to do what is right and that I will be able to hold our family together.
Thank you for listening.
Dorothy D. Sandusky
The Sandusky sex scandal prompted the firing of Joe Paterno, who was blamed, along with school administrators, for knowing about reports that Sandusky was abusing boys, and choosing to protect the image of the school and its football program rather than the children.
Sandusky has always maintained his innocence, and on the eve of his sentencing he recorded a defiant jailhouse statement, blaming a web of conspiracy for his downfall. During his sentencing hearing the next morning, he rambled on for 18 minutes, mostly about himself, in what some court observers called a delusional rant.
Sandusky's attorneys say that even though at the age of 68 his sentence is in effect a life sentence, Sandusky is convinced he'll be vindicated. They plan to appeal his case by arguing that they did not have enough time to adequately prepare for trial.
10-16-2012, 09:33 AM
PSU Won't Renew Tim Curley's Post-Scandal Contract
Tuesday, Oct 16, 2012 | Updated 11:37 AM
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley walks out of the Magisterial District Court after being arraigned on charges of perjury and failure to report under Pennsylvania's child protective services law on November 7, 2011 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Penn State will not renew the contract of athletic director Tim Curley, who has been on leave since being charged last year with perjury and failing to report a child sex abuse allegation against former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
University spokesman Dave La Torre said in a statement that the school notified Curley that his contract would not be renewed when it expires in June.
La Torre declined further comment Tuesday, citing a personnel issue.
Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz are scheduled to stand trial in January in Harrisburg on the perjury and failure to report charges. Both men have denied the allegations against them.
Curley was charged last November.
The school has paid about $2 million so far for the legal defense of Curley, Schultz and former president Graham Spanier.
This decision comes a week after former assistant football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison on 45 counts of child sex abuse. Sandusky abused 10 boys, and some of that abuse occurred while he was coaching at Penn State and working in an office just a few feet away from legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
The scandal prompted Paterno's firing and Gary Schultz and Tim Curley were both criminally charged for their alleged roles. The Freeh Report, an internal investigation of the way in which the university handled the reports of Sandusky's abuse, blasted Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier for protecting the school's image rather than protecting Sandusky's victims.
In a bizarre move before being sentenced, Sandusky recorded a statement in jail blaming his downfall on a big conspiracy that involved everyone from the prosecutor to the victims.
Days later, the court released a letters that both Sandusky and his wife Dottie had sent to the judge before the sentencing. Jerry talked about how he saw himself as David, pitted against Goliath as the scandal unfolded. Dottie tried to get the judge to see that her husband was not a monster, and that their adopted son Matt was really to blame because he was bi-polar and off his medication:
As far as our son Matt goes, people need to know what kind of person he is. We have forgiven him many times for all he has done to our family thinking that he was changing his life, but he would always go back to his stealing and lies. He has been diagnose with Bipolar, but he refuses to take his medicine. He has had many run-ins with the law and stolen money and items from our family. We still love him and want the best for him, but because of his actions we cannot express this to him.
Matt's attorney said Matt was extremely disappointed with the way he was characterized by his parents in the letters, and attorney Joel Feller said Jerry's letter clearly indicated the behavior of a psychopath.
"Rather than assisting in the healing process, Dottie and Jerry have taken it upon themselves to perpetuate this abuse," Feller said.
While the jury was deliberating in the Sandusky trial, Matt Sandusky's attorneys dropped a bombshell, announcing that when Matt was young he'd also been abused by his father.
10-18-2012, 08:51 AM
Sandusky Groped Boy in PSU Pool: Suit
A new lawsuit filed by 22-year-old "John Doe" who claims Jerry Sandusky grabbed his genitals and said, "What have we here?"
By MICHAEL RUBINKAM | Wednesday, Oct 17, 2012 | Updated 5:32 PM
A 22-year-old man filed a lawsuit claiming that Jerry Sandusky fondled him at a summer camp on the Penn State University campus in 2005.
The plaintiff, called "John Doe'' in court papers, said he was 14 when he attended a camp run by The Second Mile, Sandusky's charity for troubled youths. He said the former Penn State assistant football coach approached him in a campus swimming pool, grabbed his genitals and said, "What have we here?''
"Deeply confused and troubled, the plaintiff recoiled from what Sandusky said and did. He backed away, as rapidly as he could, telling Sandusky he didn't want anything like that,'' the suit said.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Scranton. The defendants are Sandusky; The Second Mile; Penn State; former university officials Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz; Penn State's law firm, McQuaide Blasko; the school's former general counsel, Wendell Courtney; and Edgewater Psychiatric Center, the agency that referred the plaintiff to Sandusky's charity.
The lawsuit said Penn State and the other defendants knew Sandusky was a predator but did nothing to stop him.
"Plaintiff has suffered deep upset and injury and has been permanently injured emotionally and has been traumatized by the abuse he has suffered at the hands of the defendants,'' the suit said.
The accuser decided to come forward after Sandusky's arrest.
At least four other lawsuits have been filed by victims or accusers in the sexual abuse scandal. Penn State has said it wants to settle with Sandusky's victims. A university spokesman declined to comment Wednesday on the latest suit.
Representatives of the other defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced last week to at least 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting 10 boys.
11-01-2012, 08:59 AM
Ex-Penn St. President Charged In Sandusky Case
Posted: Nov 01, 2012 7:53 AM EDT
Updated: Nov 01, 2012 11:49 AM EDT
Charges are reportedly expected to be filed against former Penn State University president Graham Spanier.
Penn State's former president is accused of perjury, endangering children and other charges in the Jerry Sandusky molestation scandal.
According to online court records, charges were filed Thursday against Graham Spanier and two other administrators.
Spanier had been the school's president for 16 years until the scandal broke a year ago and had widely been considered vulnerable to charges.
New charges also were filed against Athletic Director Tim Curley and retired Vice President Gary Schultz, who were arrested last year with perjury and failure to properly report suspected child abuse. That case is scheduled for trial in January.
Sandusky is a former assistant football coach. He was convicted in June of molesting boys but maintains his innocence.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz have denied accusations they concealed allegations against Sandusky to protect Penn State from bad publicity.
11-01-2012, 09:46 AM
11-03-2012, 02:41 AM
Hockey Packer Goes Solo
Wetzel said. “As such, he will be placed in protective custody at SCI Greene to ensure his safety while in custody.”
Prison officials say that protective custody means that Sandusky will spend most of his time alone in his cell -- he will eat all of his meals, receive any prison services and non-contact visits in the cell. He is allowed to possess a TV and radio in the cell.
Sandusky will get one hour of individual exercise five days a week and a shower three times a week -- supervised at all times, officials said.
SCI Greene is the prison that houses many of the state's death row inmates.
11-07-2012, 08:00 AM
Penn State Ex-President Spanier Arraigned; Free On Bail
November 7, 2012 9:55 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Bail has been set for former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, charged in the cover-up of the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal.
Spanier, 64, entered a not-guilty plea today, with his wife by his side, and was released on $125,000 unsecured bail.
The man who served as Penn State’s president for 16 years faces charges of perjury, obstruction of justice, endangering the welfare of children, and failure to report abuse.
Spanier’s lawyer, Elizabeth Ainslie, calls the allegations against her client “absolutely ridiculous.”
“Dr. Spanier was never given a chance to speak to this grand jury, to give his side of the story,” she said today, “and we look forward to the chance to give his side of the story in the future.”
Spanier had no comment as he left the district justice’s office.
Spanier, along with former athletic director Tim Curley and university VP Gary Schultz, face allegations that they knew of a 2001 on-campus incident in a locker room shower involving Sandusky, but engaged in a coverup to protect the university, rather than reporting it.
11-29-2012, 07:44 AM
Ex-PSU Prez Spanier Gets $2.5M in Severance
Penn State discloses Spanier's taxable earnings including millions in severance
Wednesday, Nov 28, 2012 | Updated 6:58 PM
The former Penn State president accused of covering up reports of sexual molestation by retired assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky earned $2.5 million in severance last year, the school said Wednesday.
Graham Spanier's total taxable income was $3.3 million in 2011, the university said. That included $700,000 in salary, $83,000 in taxable benefits and the severance money, which will be paid by 2017, the school said.
Spanier was forced out of the job after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges.
He said he was not aware the school had made his earnings public, and declined to comment. He remains a tenured faculty member but is on leave.
Spanier was charged four weeks ago with engaging in an alleged cover-up of abuse committed by Sandusky. Spanier and co-defendants Gary Schultz and Tim Curley are asking to postpone their Dec. 13 preliminary hearing.
Their recent court filings have focused on the role played by former university chief counsel Cynthia Baldwin, and all three defendants have argued their charges should be thrown out. :rolleyes:
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence for abusing 10 boys. He maintains he is innocent and is pursuing appeals.
Spanier, Curley and Schultz are accused of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to report suspected child abuse and perjury.
Curley is on leave to serve out the final year of his contract as athletic director, and Schultz, is retired as vice president for business and finance.
The school on Wednesday also said it already had implemented more than half the 119 recommendations made by former FBI Director Louis Freeh to strengthen university policies in areas such as safety and governance.
Freeh conducted the school's internal investigation into the scandal. He said in his final report that Spanier, Curley, Schultz and the late coach Joe Paterno concealed allegations against Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. Lawyers for all three men, as well as Paterno's family, have all firmly denied those conclusions.
12-06-2012, 07:33 AM
Sandusky Appeals Decision to Revoke His Pension
Sandusky claims there isn't a legal basis for the action by the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement Board.
Wednesday, Dec 5, 2012 | Updated 5:00 PM
Jerry Sandusky is appealing a decision to revoke his $59,000-a-year pension, arguing there isn't a legal basis for the action by the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement Board. :mad:
Sandusky attorney Charles Benjamin's five-page letter to the board, written two weeks ago, was obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press through the state Right-to-Know Law.
Benjamin's letter says Sandusky's pension rights vested in 1969 and weren't changed by later amendments to state pension law. He argues that Sandusky wasn't a Penn State employee after tougher forfeiture rules were passed in 2004.
The retirement system yanked his pension after Sandusky was sentenced in October to 30 to 60 years in state prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He's a retired assistant football coach.
Benjamin didn't immediately respond to messages seeking comment.
12-06-2012, 08:50 AM
Jerry Sandusky is appealing a decision to revoke his $59,000-a-year pension, arguing there isn't a legal basis for the action by the Pennsylvania State Employees' Retirement Board.
Wow, Get a $59,000 annual pension for hockey packing little boys...
12-22-2012, 09:41 AM
Penn State Settlement Talks To Resume In January
December 21, 2012 4:36 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State says settlement talks with lawyers for young men who were molested by Jerry Sandusky will resume next month.
The university posted an update on the talks Friday afternoon. President Rodney Erickson says Penn State is “pleased with the progress so far.”
Penn State has said it wants to settle privately and avoid protracted litigation. The university is represented by Kenneth Feinberg, who ran victim compensation funds for victims of Agent Orange, the Sept. 11 attacks, the Virginia Tech massacre and the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Sandusky was sentenced to at least 30 years in prison following his conviction on charges that he molested 10 boys over 15 years. The former Penn State assistant football coach has maintained his innocence. :rolleyes:
01-11-2013, 07:14 AM
Jerry Sandusky’s Lawyers Argue For New Trial
January 10, 2013 6:28 PM
By Oren Liebermann
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) - The walk from the Centre County courthouse to the waiting sheriff’s car may be the last time we see Jerry Sandusky. :clap: The 68-year-old former football coach is in solitary confinement 23 hours a day, allowed two phone calls a month, and even his own defense team admits their chances for a retrial are slim at best.
“We’re in the race,” said attorney Norris Gelman. “I wouldn’t count us out.”
Gelman argued the defense did not have enough time to prepare for trial with 12,000 pages of documents to review, some coming in only days before the trial.
“The mere fact that he was prevented from preparing would be enough to reverse it,” said Gelman.
Prosecutors say attorney Joe Amendola had all the time he needed to prepare, since the only relevant documents were delivered six months before the trial date.
“It was a very, very fair trial, and Mr. Amendola had ample opportunity – more than ample opportunity – to develop the information he needed, to utilize it effectively at trial. But he was overcome by, as I said, true victims,” said prosecutor Joe McGettigan.
Prosecutors argued – and Joe Amendola admitted on the stand – that all of the documents that came in late were irrelevant.
“The information that we’re talking about here that was turned over to the defense in May, the month before the trial, largely had nothing to do with these victims,” said prosecutor Frank Fina.
Sandusky had not been to the Bellefonte courthouse since he was sentenced back in October to 30-60 years in prison. If this push for a retrial fails, Sandusky will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
01-23-2013, 06:40 AM
‘Victim 6′ In Penn State Sex Abuse Case Sues University, Second Mile And Sandusky
January 22, 2013 6:20 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A young man who testified at the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky last summer is suing him, his charity and the university.
The man was called Victim 6 in court papers. He sued Tuesday in federal court in Philadelphia, claiming Sandusky’s behavior was “ratified” by The Second Mile charity and Penn State. He’s seeking at least $75,000 in damages.
Sandusky was convicted of abusing Victim 6 and nine other boys but maintains his innocence. He’s serving a lengthy prison term.
Penn State has declined to comment. The Second Mile says it will respond “through the legal process.”
Messages for Sandusky’s civil lawyers haven’t been returned.
Victim 6 testified Sandusky called himself “the Tickle Monster” and grabbed him inside a university shower in 1998. His mother’s complaint triggered a police investigation but no charges.
01-30-2013, 10:33 AM
Judge: No New Trial For Jerry Sandusky
Posted: Jan 30, 2013 12:43 PM EST
Updated: Jan 30, 2013 1:10 PM EST
HARRISBURG, Pa. - Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Wednesday when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for the three-week proceeding that ended with a 45-count guilty verdict.
Judge John Cleland's 27-page order said lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach conceded that their post-trial review turned up no material that would have changed their trial strategy.
"I do not think it can be said that either of the defendant's trial counsel failed to test the prosecution's case in a meaningful manner," Cleland wrote. "The defendant's attorneys subjected the commonwealth's witnesses to meaningful and effective cross-examination, presented evidence for the defense and presented both a comprehensive opening statement and a clearly developed closing argument."
He also rejected post-sentencing motions regarding jury instructions, hearsay testimony and other matters.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He has maintained his innocence and vowed to appeal.
Sandusky lawyer Norris Gelman said Wednesday that while he had not read the decision, Cleland's ruling means the defense will appeal to mid-level Superior Court within the next 30 days.
The state attorney general's office, which prosecuted Sandusky, offered no immediate comment.
02-12-2013, 08:19 AM
Penn State Weighs Settlement Offers
Attorney Ken Feinberg told The Associated Press that he delivered the demands to Penn State administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during a meeting Friday in Philadelphia.
By Mark Scolforo and Genaro Armas | Monday, Feb 11, 2013 | Updated 4:58 PM
The lawyer brought in by Penn State to help settle Jerry Sandusky-related claims said Monday that he recently gave university officials monetary settlement offers from most of the people asserting claims related to the child molestation scandal.
Attorney Ken Feinberg told The Associated Press that he delivered the demands to Penn State administrators, lawyers and members of the board of trustees during a meeting Friday in Philadelphia.
“The next step is Penn State _ we'll see how Penn State responds in the next few weeks,” Feinberg said.
Asked about the meeting, a university spokesman declined to comment. Reactions by lawyers for the claimants ranged from hopefulness to no comment. None would say what dollar figure he or she is seeking.
Feinberg “has assured us that within a degree of somewhat certainty, like 85 percent, he thinks he can get our case settled,” said Harrisburg attorney Chuck Schmidt, whose client's lawsuit is on hold. “So far as it moving forward, I'm cautiously optimistic.”
Bala Cynwyd lawyer Mike Boni, who represents Aaron Fisher, the young man known as Victim 1 whose story launched the investigation and successful prosecution of Sandusky, said Feinberg's response to his settlement offer was “hope springs eternal.”
“He said what he had to say, which is, ‘You're asking for too much, I'll see what I can deliver,’” Boni said. “At the end of the day, I don't think we're all that far apart.”
Sandusky, 69, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison term for the sexual abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, including attacks on children inside Penn State athletics facilities. Penn State's president issued a statement the day Sandusky was convicted in June, vowing to settle “privately, expeditiously and fairly.”
Feinberg disclosed last month that he was working with 28 claimants, 10 more than were the subject of Sandusky's criminal trial. He emphasized Monday that not all claimants have made a settlement demand.
Also Monday, a Penn State trustee called on the university governing board to re-examine the findings of former FBI director Louis Freeh's school-sanctioned investigation into the scandal.
A critique released this weekend by Joe Paterno's family raised “serious and troubling” questions about Freeh's findings, trustee Alvin Clemens said in a statement.
Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh was among the experts brought in by the Paterno family to review the Freeh report, which concluded that Paterno and other university officials covered up allegations against Sandusky to spare the university bad publicity. The family's review said the cover-up claims were inaccurate, were unfounded and equated to a “rush to injustice.”
Freeh has defended his work and stood by his findings. He has called the Paterno family's review self-serving and a campaign to shape the late Hall of Fame coach's legacy.
Paterno died in January 2012 at age 85.
The NCAA levied unprecedented sanctions on Penn State less than two weeks after Freeh released his stinging findings in July.
Freeh's firm was hired by the board of trustees to perform “an independent, full and complete investigation of the Sandusky scandal,” said Clemens, a trustee since 1995. “In addition to questions about accuracy and fairness, there is little question that the Freeh report is less than complete.”
Penn State said Sunday that Freeh was brought in to conduct an independent investigation of the school's response to the allegations, and not actions of entities unrelated to Penn State. Freeh offered 119 recommendations to strengthen governance and compliance, the majority of which have been implemented, the school said.
Freeh's report has never been formally discussed by the board as a whole. At the time of its release, trustees said they had accepted responsibility for failures of accountability.
Paterno's family offered its response to the Freeh report on Sunday, attacking what it called flawed techniques and a lack of evidence.
02-12-2013, 09:10 AM
All pro sports are anti White as are the Hollywood perverts.
College sports are anti-White, and not about the best or fair play, and never mind character.
02-16-2013, 07:35 AM
Penn State: Jerry Sandusky Scandal Costs Stand At More Than $27M
February 15, 2013 2:26 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s bill for legal fees, consultants and other costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal stands at more than $27.6 million.
An updated figure as of November 2012 was provided this week on a university website. It includes a $13 million price tag for board of trustees communications and the internal investigation into the scandal by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
Freeh’s findings released last summer were the subject of renewed scrutiny this week after Joe Paterno’s family released an extensive response conducted by its own experts.
Nearly $7.5 million is paying for university legal services or defense. About $4 million is for other legal defense fees including those covering three ex-school administrators facing criminal charges related to the scandal.
02-21-2013, 07:54 AM
Attorney For Jerry Sandusky Says He’ll Continue To Seek New Trial
February 21, 2013 10:06 AM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s attorney has filed notice that he’ll take his quest for a new trial to a higher level court. :mad:
Last month, the trial judge rejected arguments that defense attorneys didn’t have enough time to prepare for the three-week trial at which the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted on 45 child sex abuse charges.
In documents filed Monday on Centre County Common Pleas Court, defense attorney Joseph Amendola does not explain the issues he plans to raise in his Superior Court appeal.
The trial judge, John Cleland, also rejected defense arguments about jury instructions, hearsay testimony and a comment by the prosecution during closing arguments.
02-28-2013, 07:09 AM
PSU Negotiators Begin Making Offers To Victims Of Sandusky
February 27, 2013 4:24 PM
By Ben Simmoneau
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (CBS) – Negotiators for Penn State University have begun offering financial settlements to the victims of Jerry Sandusky, according to several sources with direct knowledge of the discussions. This means the negotiations have entered a final stage and could wrap up in several weeks time.
There are now 30 individuals claiming to be victims of Sandusky. Sources tell Eyewitness News those cases have been broken into three groups by the university. The most serious could receive settlements in the seven-figures, equating to millions of dollars.
A source associated with the Penn State Board of Trustees also confirms that Penn State’s negotiators, Kenneth Feinberg and Michael Rozen, have evaluated all the claims and provided trustees with an estimated total cost to settle all the cases. The source could not divulge that figure, however.
Neither Feinberg nor Rozen would provide comment for this story.
“The negotiations are at a sensitive and delicate stage,” said Tom Kline, an attorney for victim number five. “We are talking about money and we are talking about noneconomic items as well.”
Kline would not provide additional details, except to say he’s meeting with the university negotiators on Thursday.
“This has moved quite expeditiously,” he said. “I believe that Penn State has been acting in good faith. They have hired very skillful negotiators who have been straightforward.”
Apparently, according to sources, dollar amounts began being discussed this week, but there are many moving parts to these negotiations. The university is likely looking for a vast majority, if not all, of the plaintiffs to agree to settle before it finalizes any individual payout.
The discussions also include non-financial terms, perhaps pledges of reform or policy changes by Penn State.
Jerry Sandusky, once a top assistant football coach at Penn State and revered figure in the State College community, was convicted in June of sexually assaulting eight boys over more than a decade. He is serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence while his lawyers appeal the conviction.
Several top Penn State administrators, including former university President Graham Spanier, are now facing criminal charges for allegedly covering up and lying about what they knew regarding Sandusky’s behavior.
03-02-2013, 02:35 PM
US Judge: Insurer Not Obliged to Cover Sandusky
A U.S. District ruled Friday that Sandusky wasn't acting as an employee or executive of The Second Mile when he abused and molested boys
By MARK SCOLFORO | Friday, Mar 1, 2013 | Updated 5:46 PM
A federal judge says the insurance carrier for the children's charity that Jerry Sandusky founded doesn't have to cover him for acts of abuse.
U.S. District Judge Yvette Kane's ruling issued Friday says Sandusky wasn't acting as an employee or executive of The Second Mile when he abused and molested boys.
Kane says Sandusky's behavior was personal in nature and performed in his individual capacity. She sided with Federal Insurance Co.
Sandusky is appealing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts and sentenced to 30 to 60 years. He met victims through The Second Mile.
Sandusky's appellate lawyer Norris Gelman says he's sticking with his client, but “without money it's going to be a little tough.”
Messages weren't returned by Sandusky's civil lawyers or by attorneys for Federal Insurance.
03-02-2013, 02:41 PM
There are now 30 individuals claiming to be victims of Sandusky
Insurance company's are extremely powerful in this regime, believe it.
Hollywood and this regime promote, defend and protect perversion, believe it.
The majority of lawyers today are perverts themselves, and could care less about a police state, as itz just more money and power for them over US IMO.
03-02-2013, 08:35 PM
QMI Agency sting operation showed greater number of homosexual pedophiles willing to sexually victimize a fictional boy than heterosexual pedophiles willing to sexually victimize a fictional girl.
03-12-2013, 08:16 AM
Sandusky Scandal Costs Top $41 Million For Penn State
March 11, 2013 2:43 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s bill to pay costs associated with the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal has topped $41 million, including $8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
The latest disclosure posted Monday on a university website offered more itemization for certain costs including the bill for the Freeh probe. The bill also for the first time includes the $12 million payment to the NCAA — the first of five annual installments of the $60 million fine that’s part of the sanctions.
Penn State also released a copy of its engagement letter with Freeh in December 2011 that details the scope of his responsibilities. Some critics of the way trustees have handled the scandal had asked for a public release of the document.
03-12-2013, 09:37 AM
$8.1 million to pay for the internal investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
06-08-2013, 11:12 AM
Court Rejects Appeal Of 2 In Sandusky Sex Abuse Case
June 7, 2013 4:58 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s highest court is turning down a pair of appeals by two of the three former Penn State administrators facing criminal charges alleging they covered up child abuse complaints against former football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The state Supreme Court late Friday issued a pair of unsigned orders that denied petitions for review filed by former university vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley.
The court orders say the justices aren’t preventing the two men from raising the same issue during their criminal prosecution.
The two men appealed after the grand jury supervisory judge two months ago ruled he didn’t have jurisdiction to consider their request to have charges thrown out. They deny the charges against them.
The attorney general’s office isn’t commenting.
Sandusky was convicted of molesting boys but maintains his innocence.
07-18-2013, 07:59 AM
Son Of Jerry Sandusky Seeks To Have Name Changed
July 18, 2013 9:40 AM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is seeking to have his name changed more than a year after his adoptive father was convicted of child sexual abuse.
Matt Sandusky filed papers Tuesday in Centre County Court seeking to have the names of him and his family changed. Though the documents are sealed, they show he filed for a name change, along with his wife and four children.
Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence and maintains he was wrongfully convicted. He is pursuing appeals.
07-18-2013, 06:35 PM
Penn State’s Jerry Sandusky Settlements Hit $60M So Far
July 18, 2013 12:32 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Penn State trustee says the tentative settlements reached by the university so far with men who claim to have been sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky total about $60 million.
Trustee Ted Brown told The Associated Press on Thursday that he was unsure of how many claims have been settled and how many remain in negotiations.
The trustees voted Friday to authorize members of a committee to approve settlements, without detailing how many accusers have settled, how many remain and how much money might be involved.
Brown says trustees were briefed on the dollar figures in private before the vote. School officials aren’t commenting.
Sandusky is in prison after being convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
07-29-2013, 07:24 AM
3 Ex-Penn State Officials In Court For Hearing On Alleged Cover-Up
July 29, 2013 9:20 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s former president and two ex-administrators are in court on charges accusing them of failing to tell police about a sexual abuse allegation involving Jerry Sandusky and then trying to cover it up.
Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley arrived at the courthouse in Harrisburg on Monday.
Also going inside was former assistant football coach Mike McQueary. He testified last year he saw Sandusky engaged in a sex act with a boy in a Penn State locker room shower in 2001.
The hearing for Spanier, Schultz and Curley will determine if have enough evidence to warrant a trial on the charges against them.
The men say they’re innocent.
Sandusky was convicted last year of 45 counts.
07-29-2013, 08:13 AM
Cryptic Penn St. e-mail suggesting conspiracy to cover-up Sandusky child abuse at heart of new charges against top university officials
By MARC LEVY
Last Updated: 8:10 AM, July 29, 2013
Posted: 2:26 AM, July 29, 2013
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly's office displays a poster outlining the Conspiracy of Silence when she announced new criminal charges related to an ongoing child sex crimes investigation against Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and added charges against two former underlings, Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz during a news conference Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. The three men face additional charges at a evidentiary hearing later today.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — It was late at night on Feb. 27, 2001, and Penn State's then-president, Graham Spanier, one of academia's most prominent administrators, typed a brief email to two other top administrators as they debated how to respond to a thorny situation.
He was, he wrote, supportive of the athletic director's proposed approach.
"The only downside for us is if the message isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it," Spanier wrote.
The question of what exact situation the three men were discussing will go before a judge Monday to determine whether Spanier, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and then-athletic director Tim Curley must face trial on charges they covered up an allegation that Jerry Sandusky was sexually preying on boys.
The men say they are innocent and were never aware that an allegation at the time involved anything of a sexual nature. Rather, they say, they had believed that Sandusky, a former top assistant coach on Penn State's heralded football team, and the boy known in court papers as Victim 2 were engaged in nothing more than horseplay in a university locker room shower earlier that month.
Instead of reporting it to police, Sandusky was told not to bring boys onto the campus anymore, according to a grand jury report released Nov. 1 that recommended charges against the men. At the time, nobody sought to learn the identity of the boy. Sandusky is now serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence after being convicted last year of sexually abusing 10 boys. The conviction included molesting Victim 5 in those showers a mere six months later, sexually abusing Victim 3 around the same period and molesting Victims 1 and 9 in later years.
The case will go in front of District Judge William Wenner, a former Dauphin County detective, and the preliminary hearing is expected to last a day or two. In recent years as a district judge, Wenner has carved out a niche in handling many of the biggest grand jury cases developed by the state attorney general's office.
In these cases, Wenner has found, with the exception of a few charges he has dismissed, state prosecutors have met the low burden of evidence necessary to win approval to take their cases to a full court trial.
For this hearing, state prosecutors led by Chief Deputy Attorney General Bruce Beemer are not trying to prove the men's guilt. Rather, they just have to prove that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial.
No witness list was available Friday, but one key piece of evidence at the hearing could be that email exchange among the men.
"My eyes popped out of my head when I saw those emails because they are just so dramatically significant and documentary evidence of a then-conscious state of mind," said Thomas Kline, a Philadelphia lawyer whose client, Victim 5, testified against Sandusky.
A football team graduate assistant in 2001, Mike McQueary, has testified that he saw Sandusky and a boy engaged in a sex act in the locker room shower and within days reported it to coach Joe Paterno, Curley and Schultz. However, Curley and Schultz say McQueary never reported that the incident was sexual in nature, and Spanier, in turn, has said Curley and Schultz never told him about any sort of sex abuse of a boy.
The three are charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. Those charges include allegations of hiding evidence from investigators and lying to the grand jury.
Curley and Schultz were initially charged in November 2011, when Sandusky was arrested, and accused of perjury and failure to properly report the incident.
Spanier was forced out as president at that time. A year later, he was charged with covering up a complaint about Sandusky while additional charges were filed against Curley and Schultz. Spanier remains a faculty member on administrative leave.
Paterno was fired and died in January 2012.
07-30-2013, 06:57 PM
Former Penn State Officials Spanier, Curley And Schultz Ordered To Stand Trial
July 30, 2013 5:30 PM
By Todd Quinones, Tony Romeo
HARRISBURG, Pa., (CBS) – After a two-day preliminary hearing in a Harrisburg courtroom, three former top Penn State administrators have been ordered held for trial on charges that they covered up the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Former Penn State University President Graham Spanier, former Vice President Gary Schultz, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley – they were all once among the most powerful men at the beloved university, but now with Tuesday’s ruling to move this criminal case forward to trial, they are all facing possible prison time.
“The Magistrate has made his decision. We respect that decision even if we disagree with it,” Spanier’s attorney Tim Lewis said.
The attorneys for the three defendants, including Thomas Farrell representing Schultz, argued that the Commonwealth failed to produce enough evidence to try their clients. :rolleyes:
“What a prosecutor is supposed to do is come into court and introduce evidence… and then make arguments about the elements of the offense… and how the evidence proves each of those elements beyond a reasonable doubt. I didn’t hear anything like that today, I haven’t heard anything like that in two years, because there isn’t evidence,” said Farrell.
In court on Tuesday for the first time, Spanier’s grand jury testimony was made public and read in court. Spanier testified he wasn’t aware of allegations Jerry Sandusky showered with a boy in 1998.
He went on to claim when Schultz and Curley came to him in 2001 about more allegations Sandusky was seen in the showers naked with a young boy, he was only told they were “horsing around” and that he was never told anything sexual was going on.
Among the prosecution’s arguments is that the alleged decision by the defendants to remain silent about Jerry Sandusky led to more victims. In the courtroom observing the preliminary hearing was Philadelphia attorney Thomas Kline.
“The testimony went directly to the young man who I represent, Victim #5, and the prosecution clearly linked the fact that he had been assaulted just six months after the McQueary incident,” said Kline.
Kline refers to the locker room incident involving Jerry Sandusky and a boy witnessed by Mike McQueary in 2001.
The district judge, calling it a “tragic day for Penn State”, ruled that Schultz, Spanier and Curley be held for trial on charges of endangering the welfare of children and other offenses in what the prosecutor again characterized as a conspiracy to remain silent about Jerry Sandusky.
All three men have maintained their innocence and have vowed to fight the charges.
As things stand now, it appears this case may not go to trial until March of next year.
08-03-2013, 08:55 AM
Sandusky Scandal Costs PSU Nearly $48M
Friday, Aug 2, 2013 | Updated 7:36 PM EDT
Penn State's bill to pay costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal is nearing $48 million.
A university website on Friday showed a $47.7 million total as of the end of May, up $1.9 million from two months earlier. The amount covered legal fees, consulting work and other associated costs.
Much of the increase was tied to the university's legal services and defense, which cost $10.4 million, up about $700,000 from March.
The university has said it won't use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay for scandal costs.
The arrest of retired assistant football coach Sandusky in November 2011 triggered the sweeping scandal. Sandusky, 69, was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last fall after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts.
08-05-2013, 02:05 PM
Penn State Defendants Waive Formal Arraignment
August 5, 2013 4:12 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Three former administrators at Penn State are waiving their right to a formal arraignment on criminal charges in an alleged cover-up of reports about Jerry Sandusky’s behavior with boys.
Dauphin County court officials said Monday that Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz signed the waiver paperwork last week, after a district judge ruled following a preliminary hearing that there was enough evidence to advance the case to county court.
The documents say all three men are pleading not guilty to the charges against them. Waiving formal arraignment is routine.
Spanier is the school’s former president, Curley is retired from the position of athletic director and Schultz is a retired vice president.
Sandusky is serving a decades-long state prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys and is pursuing appeals.
08-06-2013, 09:00 AM
Sandusky wants to 'grow from experience' of spending rest of his life behind bars
From POST STAFF REPORT
Last Updated: 10:55 AM, August 6, 2013
Posted: 10:52 AM, August 6, 2013
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa.
Disgraced football coach and convicted child-sex predator Jerry Sandusky wants to “learn from” and “grow from this experience” — of rotting in prison for life. :rolleyes:
The former Penn State defensive coordinator has been writing letters from behind bars, telling one pen pal he’s struggling to find day-to-day activities.
"I've been quite confined, always searching for purpose," Sandusky wrote in a May 19 letter obtained by the celebrity gossip site TMZSports.com.
“For now my main purpose is to endure, learn from, and grow from this experience. It is very challenging.”
Sandusky, 69, was convicted on 45 of 48 kiddie-sex charges on June 22, 2012, and immediately remanded into custody. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years behind bars, virtually assuring that Sandusky will only leave prison in a wooden box.
Sandusky parlayed his position at Penn State into creating a charity that gave him access to young boys who he victimized.
He still spoke lovingly of his time in Happy Valley.
“Coaching at Penn State was an act of love and the many wonderful experiences have been a great reward in themselves,” Sandusky wrote. “My plan is to continue this battle until the last whistle blows.”
At one point, the convicted sex abuse fiend assured his pal "I'm trying to get better." :rolleyes:
08-17-2013, 06:54 AM
Sandusky May Be Witness in His Fight For Pension
By MARK SCOLFORO | Friday, Aug 16, 2013 | Updated 2:06 PM EDT
Jerry Sandusky might have to testify in person if he wants to win back the pension he earned during three decades at Penn State :mad:, and former FBI Director Louis Freeh could be called as a witness too.
Sandusky, 69, lost his $4,900-a-month pension on Oct. 9, the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys. The forfeiture also made his wife, Dottie, ineligible for benefits.
Sandusky appealed the revocation. The hearing examiner charged with handling the appeal wrote last month that his lawyers and the State Employees' Retirement System both may want the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify at a Jan. 7 hearing.
That presents a logistical challenge, because Sandusky is a state prison inmate.
Sandusky is kept from the general population of inmates at Greene State Prison while he awaits arguments before a state appeals court next month in Dallas, Pa. The Corrections Department said Friday procedures exist to accommodate hearings for inmates, whether in person or by video.
Hearing examiner Michael L. Bangs said in 159 pages of case records released to The Associated Press this week under a Right-to-Know Law request that both sides have until Nov. 7 to identify all witnesses they plan to call. If Sandusky is among them, they will have to determine if it's practical to have him transported to the hearing.
Another possible witness is Freeh, the former federal judge and FBI director who led the team that produced a report for Penn State into how the school handled complaints about Sandusky and the actions of top administrators.
The retirement system, which permits enrollment by Penn State employees even though the school is not state-owned, ruled Sandusky's conviction met the standards of the state Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, and stopped retirement payments immediately.
In revoking the pension, SERS said Sandusky's convictions for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault fell under the forfeiture law, and his post-retirement ties to Penn State made him a “de facto” employee for crimes committed after he left the university's payroll.
Sandusky's lawyer Chuck Benjamin challenged that ruling, arguing his Penn State employment contract was not renewed after the forfeiture act passed in 1978, so its terms don't apply. Benjamin said Sandusky acted as an independent contractor, not as a university employee.
A SERS prehearing statement from April listed potential witnesses that included Freeh, SERS benefits administrators, someone from Penn State to authenticate documents and possibly Jeff Clay, executive director of the state's teachers' pension system.
Benjamin's prehearing statement from April said Penn State made only six payments to Sandusky between 2000 and 2008, and he was never a Penn State employee in that period. It said his potential witnesses include the Penn State controller, who would describe post-2000 payments to Sandusky.
In recent weeks, Bangs signed a SERS subpoena for Sandusky Associates Inc., founded by Sandusky in September 1999, seeking records that document its connection with Penn State from 1999-2010, payments to Sandusky and information about youth sports camps he ran on university property.
08-18-2013, 06:33 AM
Settlement Reached In Penn State-Sandusky Scandal
August 18, 2013 9:16 AM
By Cherri Gregg
HARRISBURG (CBS) — A lawyer representing one of accusers of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky says his client has reached a settlement with Penn State.
“I would describe my client’s reaction as relieved,” says Philadelphia attorney Tom Kline. “This has been a long road for him.”
Kline says his client, known as “Victim 5,” is the first to settle his claims against Penn State for an undisclosed amount. But the university reportedly approved payouts totaling $60 million.
“My client is fairly and adequately compensated,” said Kline. “Penn State now has an opportunity to recover a substantial amount that was paid to him as well as will be paid to others.”
Kline says “Victim 5″ — who is now age 25 — was assaulted about six months after the 2001 shower incident involving assistant football coach Mike McQueary. Kline says he expects 25 or 26 of the claims against Penn State will settle.
08-20-2013, 07:32 AM
More Settlements Near In Penn State Abuse Talks
August 20, 2013 10:23 AM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Negotiations between Penn State and young men who claim they were abused by Jerry Sandusky have begun to bear fruit, with lawyers involved saying there will be more announcements of settlements in the coming days.
The school’s trustees have set aside some $60 million to pay claims, and on Monday a lawyer working for Penn State said the one settlement so far should be followed by 24 more this week. Thirty-one young men have come forward to Penn State.
Attorney Michael Rozen said the pending agreements include most of the eight young men who testified last year against Sandusky, the school’s former assistant football coach now serving a prison sentence for child molestation.
Penn State said little over the weekend in response to an announcement by the lawyer for one of the eight, “Victim 5,” that his case was fully settled and he expected payment within a month. The school is paying out the claims through its insurance coverage and from interest revenues on loans made by the school to its own self-supporting entities.
Rozen said all of the deals are expected to include provisions that give the university the right to pursue claims against the university’s insurer, The Second Mile charity founded by Sandusky and The Second Mile’s insurer.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in state prison after being convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. Witnesses testified that he met victims through The Second Mile, an organization established to help at-risk children that ran camps and offered other services.
Rozen said the “value” of the claims depended in part on whether they happened after 2001, when top-ranking school officials were told by a graduate assistant about Sandusky with a child in a team shower, or before 1998, the earliest documented example of a Sandusky complaint.
“It’s what did Penn State know and what duty did they have?” Rozen said. “What did they know, when did they know it, and what duty — if any — did they have to act, and to what extent?”
He said claims for abuse before 1998 also may fall outside the statute of limitations that put time limits on how long victims have to sue.
Although some lawyers have said they were interested in settlements that require Penn State to make changes that might prevent such abuse from re-occurring, Rozen said those matters have been eclipsed by the widespread reforms the university has adopted or begun since a series of recommendations were made last summer in an internal report.
“I don’t think anybody could reasonably or rationally question the university’s commitment to doing things differently in the future,” Rozen said. “This was about trying to redress harm caused to young men by this really bad person, Sandusky.”
He declined to say how much the 25 cases are settling for, or provide a range of the settlements.
08-24-2013, 06:59 AM
Attorney: Sandusky’s Son Among 7 Who Settle With PSU
August 23, 2013 11:31 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Philadelphia attorney said Friday seven young men he represents have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school’s former assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky.
Lawyer Matt Casey said his clients include Sandusky’s adopted son, Matt Sandusky, as well as the young man known as “Victim 2″ in court records and three other victims who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial. “Victim 2″ was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a campus shower in 2001.
Casey said the terms of the settlements took shape some time ago, but it wasn’t until a week ago that he felt the deals were complete, followed by passing paperwork back and forth to memorialize it. He didn’t disclose the settlement terms.
“To say they’re relieved, I think, is a fair statement,” Casey said. “But it’s also accurate to say that while we’ve closed this chapter, there’s a whole lot of this that’s necessarily inadequate.”
The university has not announced the deals.
Nearly a week ago, a lawyer disclosed the first settlement among the 31 lawsuits filed against the school amid the Sandusky scandal, and a lawyer brought in by Penn State to facilitate negotiations said earlier this week that he expected 24 more cases to settle in the near future.
A Penn State spokesman on Friday said only that settlement talks continued to progress. He declined further comment.
Sandusky, 69, a former longtime defensive coach under Joe Paterno, was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a decades-long state prison sentence. He maintains he is innocent, and an appeals hearing is scheduled for next month in Dallas, Pa.
Other lawyers involved in settlement talks said Friday they were still working with the university but none had a signed, final agreement.
09-20-2013, 08:58 AM
Penn State May Borrow $30M for Athletics
Thursday, Sep 19, 2013 | Updated 7:15 PM EDT
Penn State trustees may be asked to approve $30 million in borrowing to help its Athletic Department cover costs resulting partly from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal.
PennLive.com reported Thursday that the request would be part of a $750 million borrowing package that trustees will consider Friday.
The Athletic Department posted a $15 million profit as recently as 2011. But university Controller Joe Doncsecz says its expenses outstripped revenues by $6 million this year.
Needs covered by the borrowing include up to $25 million in short-term capital needs, a $10 million line of credit and millions more to cover debt service on the $60 million fine the NCAA imposed for the Sandusky scandal.
Athletic Director Dave Joyner says the department should be in the black by 2018.
10-02-2013, 08:44 AM
Sandusky Denied New Trial
By MARK SCOLFORO | Wednesday, Oct 2, 2013 | Updated 11:32 AM
A Pennsylvania appeals court says Jerry Sandusky doesn't deserve a new trial after being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
A three-judge Superior Court panel ruled Wednesday, barely two weeks after hearing oral arguments by a state prosecutor and lawyers for the former Penn State assistant football coach.
Sandusky says his lawyers didn't have enough time to prepare for trial, a prosecutor made improper references to Sandusky not testifying on his own behalf and the judge mishandled jury instructions.
The attorney general's office says the convictions should stand.
The 69-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
His lawyer says he plans to seek Supreme Court review.
10-09-2013, 08:57 AM
Lawyers: 19 Sandusky Victims Settle With Penn State
October 8, 2013 12:29 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Lawyers say 19 young men have settled with Penn State over claims of abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The attorneys confirmed the settlements to The Associated Press, saying many if not all of them have received checks from the university.
The AP’s canvass indicates that at least six other claims have not been resolved, including two that have yet to be presented to Penn State.
Penn State isn’t commenting but has said it plans to eventually release the number of claimants and the amount they’ve been paid. Lawyers for the school say at least 31 have come forward but it’s unclear who some are or whether they have lawyers.
The school has set aside some $60 million to pay claims.
Several lawyers say the settlements prevent them from disclosing details.
10-09-2013, 09:21 AM
Jerry Sandusky's Son Arrested for Suspected DUI
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 | Updated 10:21 AM
Cleveland Browns executive Jon Sandusky, the son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, was arrested early Tuesday morning on suspicion of drunken driving in Fargo, N.D.
Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel told The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead that an officer spotted Jon Sandusky, 36, making an illegal turn. The officer pulled Sandusky over and decided he was driving under the influence after administering field sobriety tests.
A worker at the Cass County Jail confirmed Tuesday night that Sandusky had been booked and later released.
Sandusky is in his fourth season as Cleveland's director of player personnel after spending nine seasons with Philadelphia's personnel department. He's responsible for the evaluation of all college prospects and NFL free agents. He played safety for Penn State from 1996-99.
“We're aware of the situation and currently working to gather facts,” Browns spokesman Zak Gilbert told The Associated Press.
Jerry Sandusky, 69, a former defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He was sentenced one year ago Wednesday.
10-16-2013, 06:27 AM
Penn State’s Sandusky Scandal Tab Crosses $50M
October 15, 2013 3:02 PM
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State’s costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal have crossed $50 million.
A university website shows that Penn State was on the hook for about $50.5 million as of July 31, up $2.8 million from two months earlier. The amount covers legal fees, consulting work and other costs.
The university has said it won’t use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay the tab.
The retired assistant football coach was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last year after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts of sexual abuse.
Sandusky’s November 2011 arrested triggered a massive scandal that saw the firing of late coach Joe Paterno, criminal charges against three university administrators and NCAA sanctions against the football program.
10-28-2013, 02:34 PM
Penn State: 26 Men To Get $59.7 Million Over Sandusky Claims
October 28, 2013 1:36 PM
By Steve Tawa
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. (CBS) — Penn State University says it has reached a milestone in out-of-court settlements with 26 young men who claimed they were abused by former football coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky.
The total dollar amount is $59.7 million.
Keith Masser, chair of the Penn State board of trustees, says the objectives included “a fair settlement that respects the privacy of the individuals involved.”
In that same PSU statement, university president Rodney Erickson says he hopes the settlement agreement is “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky and another step forward for Penn State.”
PSU officials say of the 26 settlements, 23 are fully signed and three are agreed in principle, noting that “the settlement amounts will not be funded by student tuition, taxpayer funds, or donations.”
The university says various liability insurance policies will cover the settlements, and that the terms of the settlements contain a release of all claims against Penn State.
Penn State received claims from 32 people who were or allege that they were victims of Sandusky, but the university either has rejected as being without merit or has not yet made a determination on the remaining six.
11-19-2013, 10:44 AM
Expenses for Penn State Scandal Near $52M
Monday, Nov 18, 2013 | Updated 1:27 PM EST
Penn State's costs related to the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal are nearing $52 million.
A university website shows the school has racked up just under $51.8 million in expenses as of Aug. 31. That's up $1.3 million from the figure reported at the end of July.
The amount covers legal fees, consulting work and other costs. The university has said it won't use tuition dollars, state appropriations or donations to pay the tab. Insurance might cover some claims.
The costs are separate from the $59.7 million settlement that Penn State agreed last month to pay to 26 victims of the former assistant football coach.
Sandunghole was sentenced to 30-to-60 years in prison last year after being convicted on dozens of criminal counts of sexual abuse.
11-22-2013, 12:53 PM
Victim 9 Files Abuse Claim vs. Sandusky, Penn State
November 21, 2013 2:40 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A young man who testified at Jerry Sandusky’s sex abuse trial is suing the former coach and Penn State for what he says was nearly four years of assaults while he was a child.
The lawsuit by the man known as Victim 9 in criminal court records was filed Thursday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court.
It claims he wouldn’t have been victimized if university officials had reported Sandusky to police.
A university spokesman declined comment, and a message left for a lawyer who’s represented Sandusky in other civil litigation wasn’t immediately returned.
The lawsuit asserts an assault and battery claim against Sandusky. The university is sued for negligence and recklessness, tortious conduct, misrepresentation and infliction of emotional distress.
Six of 45 counts for which Sandusky was convicted concern Victim 9.
12-02-2013, 07:16 AM
State Details Case Against Ex-Penn State President
December 1, 2013 7:30 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state attorney general’s office filed papers Friday that detail the lies it says former Penn State President Graham Spanier told during his grand jury testimony over the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
The allegations in the prosecutors’ itemized list aren’t new, but the specifics were listed to answer Spanier’s request this fall for details of the charges.
In the filing, prosecutors listed portions of Spanier’s April 2011 testimony before a grand jury. In one section, prosecutors asked Spanier whether university officials discussed filing a police report over a 2001 shower encounter witnessed by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, and Spanier said no, The Centre Daily Times reported.
But emails discovered later appear to show a discussion about whether to report that incident.
Sandusky, the school’s longtime defensive coach, was convicted last year of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
Spanier has maintained his innocence. He is one of three former Penn State administrators awaiting trial on charges they engaged in a criminal cover-up of complaints about Sandusky. Former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley also deny the allegations.
Spanier also testified that during discussions about Sandusky’s conduct with a young boy in the shower, then-head coach Joe Paterno’s name “was never mentioned to the best of my recollection,” according to the prosecutors’ filing. In addition, Spanier said he had never been told about a prior on-campus child abuse allegation made against Sandusky in 1998.
But McQueary has testified that he told Paterno about seeing Sandusky in the shower with the boy in 2001. And the lead state prosecutor said during the officials’ preliminary hearing in July that the men knew police investigated complaints about Sandusky showering with boys in 1998.
In October, Penn State announced it was paying nearly $60 million to settle abuse claims by 26 young men. It’s not clear how many suits are still pending against the school following those settlements, but at least one new one has been filed.
12-15-2013, 08:33 AM
Ex-PSU Officials Accused of Cover-Up Set for Court
By Mark Scolforo | Saturday, Dec 14, 2013 | Updated 3:17 PM EST
Tim Curley and Gary Schultz
Lawyers for three former Penn State officials accused of covering up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky are headed to a Pennsylvania courthouse this week.
The hearing scheduled to start Tuesday in Harrisburg will focus on their claim that their right to legal representation was severely compromised when they appeared before an investigative grand jury.
The defendants are the school's former athletic director Tim Curley, former vice president Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier. (SPAN'-yer) :rolleyes: The case has lasted more than two years since charges were first filed and there isn't a trial date in sight.
They have argued the charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, child endangerment and failure to properly report suspected child abuse should be dismissed.
12-19-2013, 08:55 AM
Ex-PSU Lawyer Outlines Alleged Spanier Lies
Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 | Updated 7:37 AM EST
Former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin said in grand jury testimony released Wednesday that the university's then-president made a series of lies and misleading statements before and after Jerry Sandusky was arrested.
The documents include testimony from a year ago in which Baldwin directly contradicted a statement made by Graham Spanier to a reporter that the first he knew the investigation involved allegations of sexual abuse against Sandusky was when the former assistant football coach was charged in November 2011.
Baldwin told the grand jury that "of course he knew,'' and she believed "that he is not a person of integrity.''
Spanier lawyer Liz Ainslie said the documents do not amount to evidence against him. :rolleyes:
"A criminal charge cannot under the law be brought against an individual without evidence," Ainslie said. "What I have read is not evidence, it's conclusions that were fed to Cynthia Baldwin by the prosecutor."
The records also indicate Baldwin told the grand jury judge she represented the university when Spanier testified before the grand jury in April 2011, but did not contradict Spanier when he soon after identified her as his lawyer.
Questions about who she represented when Spanier and two other defendants appeared before the grand jury have delayed their trial on charges they covered up complaints about Sandusky.
Court officials said Wednesday that additional documents the presiding judge has unsealed would be posted online in the coming days, perhaps as early as Thursday.
Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz face charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, child endangerment and failure to properly report suspected child abuse.
Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover on Tuesday directed their lawyers and prosecutors to submit proposed findings of fact and legal conclusions ahead of a hearing for them to argue the issues related to their grand jury appearances and whether Baldwin's actions have violated their right to legal counsel.
The documents show the grand jury judge, Barry Feudale, pressed Baldwin about who she represented when Spanier testified in April 2011.
"The university," Baldwin replied. "The university solely?" the judge asked. "Yes, I represent the university solely," she said.
But a short time later, after Spanier was sworn in, Spanier identified Baldwin, sitting behind him, as his lawyer. At one point Baldwin interrupted the prosecutor to make a suggestion about his line of questioning.
Ainslie said Feudale and the prosecutor should have spoken up.
"It shows that (Spanier) was deceived about the appearance in the grand jury, and on the basis of that appearance in the grand jury, he's been charged with perjury," Ainslie said. "And the principle witness against him apparently is the woman who allowed him to believe she was acting in his best interests."
Spanier testified repeatedly that he was never told about a 1998 incident in which a mother complained to police after her son returned with wet hair after an outing with Sandusky.
"I certainly did not have anything brought to my attention," Spanier told the grand jury.
Baldwin said Spanier told the trustees his own grand jury testimony was secret but Feudale had told him that he could disclose it, Baldwin testified.
She contradicted a statement Spanier made to the board of trustees that Baldwin turned over a thumb drive to prosecutors including all his emails after 2004.
The documents also show state prosecutor Frank Fina telling Feudale that investigators "were told there was a 1984 allegation" they were looking into regarding Sandusky and "contact with (a) minor." Fina said there was no paperwork regarding the 1984 allegation, and the topic was not raised again.
Sandusky was not charged with anything dating back to 1984, but was convicted last year of 45 criminal counts for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He is seeking state Supreme Court review of his conviction.
Baldwin's lawyer Charles De Monaco told Feudale in October 2012, as she prepared to testify before the grand jury, that she represented Penn State and the administrators "so long as their interests were aligned with the university."
On the stand, Baldwin said she pressed Spanier, Curley and Schultz for any Sandusky-related materials as the state investigation ramped up in early 2011, and all three said they had nothing. The university later found email traffic from 1998 among the three discussing that complaint, and investigators eventually recovered a file of Schultz's about the Sandusky complaints.
12-20-2013, 08:17 AM
Jerry Sandusky to Partake in Pension Hearing
Friday, Dec 20, 2013 | Updated 10:37 AM EST
Jerry Sandusky will take part early next month in his first public proceeding -- albeit via video link -- since he was sentenced to decades in prison for child molestation.
A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7 into whether a Pennsylvania agency should have stripped the former Penn State assistant football coach of the benefits he had been getting through the state's pension system.
A spokeswoman for the State Employees' Retirement System said Thursday that plans are for Sandusky to participate in the three-day hearing through a video connection to the state prison where he is confined.
Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, lost his $4,900-a-month pension last year on the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years. A hearing examiner will recommend to the system's board about whether the pension forfeiture should remain in place.
The retirement system said Sandusky's convictions for involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and indecent assault met the standards of the Public Employee Pension Forfeiture Act, and stopped retirement payments immediately.
Penn State employees can enroll in the system, although they are not state employees. Penn State is considered "state-related," along with Temple, Lincoln and Pitt.
Sandusky's lawyer has said he received only six payments from the university between 2000 and 2008.
12-22-2013, 07:18 AM
Ex-PSU Lawyer Flip-Flopped on Spanier
By Mark Scolforo | Sunday, Dec 22, 2013 | Updated 12:36 AM EST
Records from a federal investigation show a lawyer whose role in the Jerry Sandusky investigation has held up the criminal prosecutions of three former top administrators praised one of them effusively just months before testifying he was "not a person of integrity."
The notes made public Sunday by a lawyer for former Penn State president Graham Spanier indicate the university's former general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, told the federal Office of Personnel Management in early 2012 that Spanier was very smart, "a man of integrity,'' and "very forthcoming and open" with the board of trustees.
About six months later, Baldwin, a former state Supreme Court justice, testified before a grand jury that Spanier told a series of lies and misleading statements before and after Sandusky was arrested in late 2011 on child molestation charges.
Spanier attorney Liz Ainslie said the federal investigation resulted in the restoration of Spanier's top security clearance, although it was again taken away when he was charged in late 2012 for an alleged cover-up of complaints about Sandusky.
Baldwin's lawyer Charles De Monaco said Friday that Baldwin's view of Spanier changed during the summer of 2012, particularly after the release of a scathing report into the Sandusky matter produced for Penn State by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
"Much like the public at large, Justice Baldwin learned for the first time in the summer of 2012 about the conduct of the defendants as a result of documents and e-mails which were discussed for the first time with the release of the Freeh Report in July 2012," De Monaco said. "For those reasons, Justice Baldwin was asked about these issues when she testified before the grand jury in October 2012."
Ainslie said Baldwin's grand jury testimony was "shamefully inaccurate" and had not been subject to defense questioning.
"Ms. Baldwin has so far managed to avoid cross-examination," Ainslie said. "But that day is coming."
Baldwin was the university's top lawyer in early 2011, when she accompanied Spanier and the two others to grand jury appearances. The men all say they believed she was acting as their attorney.
Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley face charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, child endangerment and failure to properly report suspected child abuse. Spanier was charged a year after the other two.
The judge in their case last week cut short a planned four-day hearing into Baldwin's actions, and quashed a subpoena calling for her to testify. Defense attorneys have said their clients' rights to legal counsel were violated and are seeking to have the cases thrown out.
Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover has instructed prosecutors and defense attorneys to submit proposed findings of fact and legal conclusions, after which he will schedule oral argument on the issue. No trial date has been scheduled.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He maintains his innocence and is asking the state Supreme Court to take up his case.
Spanier remains a tenured faculty member at Penn State. Curley and Schultz have retired. Baldwin served as a county judge, president of the Penn State Board of Trustees and a state Supreme Court justice before her role as the university's general counsel involved her in the Sandusky investigation.
01-08-2014, 09:13 AM
From Prison, Sandusky Tries To Hang Onto His Penn State Pension
January 7, 2014 1:44 PM
By Tony Romeo and Todd Quinones
HARRISBURG, Pa. (CBS) — Convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky spent the morning today seeking to overturn a ruling that denied him his state pension.
State law was changed in 2004 to include sex offenses against students to the list of reasons for which school employees can lose their pensions.
A big question involves whether the law applies to Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999.
Sandusky, testifying via video link from the prison where he is serving a 30-60 year term for child abuse (see related story), said an agreement that detailed terms and perks extended to him after his retirement reflected his choice not pursue more lucrative positions.
“The opportunities that had existed to gain more financially I turned down,” Sandusky told the hearing officer, “and as a result, they decided to reward me for my service by this contract.”
But an attorney for the State Employees Retirement System attempted to use that agreement to show that Sandusky remained actively connected to Penn State after his retirement from active coaching and after the law was changed in 2004.
Lawyers argued that it was through “The Second Mile” that Sandusky abused two of his victims after 2004, which is when the law justifying the forfeiture of pensions was amended to include sex crimes.
However, Sandusky’s lawyer argued that when he retired from coaching in 1999 he was no longer a Penn State employee.
Sandusky says, “My primary purpose was to help young people.”
A final ruling is still weeks away and no matter the outcome it can still be appealed to another court.
Sandusky is waiting to hear if the state Supreme Court will hear his appeal to his criminal conviction.
03-12-2014, 10:05 AM
Jerry Sandusky's Wife: Victims Were "Manipulated," "Saw Money"
Dottie Sandusky was joined during the interview by filmmaker John Ziegler
By Cathy Rainone | Wednesday, Mar 12, 2014 | Updated 10:43 AM EDT
The dim bulb wife of convicted child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky broke her silence for the first time since the former Penn State assistant football coach was sent to jail, saying the case against her husband was based on lies and his accusers motivated by money.
“Do I believe him? I definitely believe him. :rolleyes: Because if I didn't believe him, when I testified at trial, I could have not said what I said. I would have had to tell the truth," Dottie Sandusky said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s “Today” show from her home in State College, Pa.
“I think it was, they were manipulated, and they saw money,’’ she told NBC's Matt Lauer. “Once lawyers came into the case, they said there was money.”
Jerry Sandusky, 70, was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison after being convicted in June 2012 on 45 of 48 charges of sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period.
When asked if her husband of 47 years was guilty of inappropriate behavior with some of the young boys who have accused him, Sandusky said, “I don't believe that, I believe he showered with kids. That’s the generation that Jerry grew up in ....There were always people coming in and out no matter what time that was.”
Sandusky was joined during the interview by filmmaker John Ziegler, who researched the case for two years and has interviewed Jerry Sandusky twice in prison. He believes Jerry Sandusky is innocent.
“I presumed, like a lot of people, that Dottie has to be delusional or not understand the case,’’ Ziegler said. “I'm certain of one thing above everything else after two years of investigating this case, and that is that Dottie Sandusky is not delusional. She knows the case better than the vast majority of media members, and she is positive that Jerry Sandusky is innocent.”
During the interview, Sandusky took Matt Lauer to her basement where the accusers said some of the abuse occurred.
"It is not a dungeon," she said. "It is not what those kids said. You can scream, and you can hear it up to the second floor.”
Lauer pointed out that the house is quite small and that one of the victims said he screamed in the basement while he was sexually abused and that Dottie never came down to check what was going on. Dottie said she never heard anyone “because he didn’t scream.”
Lauer also asked about an article in The Washington Post in which Melinda Henneberger wrote, "We know that predators prey on the more vulnerable, who they can later paint as unstable; that’s standard. But they also tend to choose spouses who can be counted on to suppress any unpleasant ideas that might occur to them."
"I'm not a weak spouse,'' said Sandusky, who visits her husband once a week at a maximum security prison in Waynesburg, Penn., a three-hour drive from her home. "As you know...they call me 'Sarge' because Jerry said I kept everybody in line. If they want to say that, let them say that. I know who I am. And I know who Jerry is. And I know he did not do the horrible crimes that he's convicted of.”
Lauer pointed out to Ziegler and Sandusky that it may be hard for the public to believe that everyone in the case has been manipulated or is lying.
“Look, the reality is, I understand exactly what you're saying,’’ Ziegler said. “People will think that this is insane because they were given a perception of this case that was totally wrong.”
04-02-2014, 07:25 PM
Pa. High Court Won’t Hear Sandusky Appeal
April 2, 2014 4:07 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation conviction will not be reviewed by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, under an order issued Wednesday.
Sandusky asked the court to take up his 45-count conviction, arguing his lawyers were rushed too quickly to trial in 2012 and that prosecutors improperly made reference to his decision not to testify.
He also said the trial judge should have issued a jury instruction about how long it took his victims to report the abuse and that jurors should not have been told to weigh evidence of his good character against all other evidence.
The state attorney general’s office had countered that Sandusky did not provide sufficient basis for the Supreme Court to take up the matter, and that decisions made by the trial judge did not violate his rights.
Sandusky, 70, is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys. His lawyer said he is disappointed the court denied his appeal.
Eight of his victims testified at trial, describing a range of abuse from grooming and fondling to oral and anal sex, including attacks in the basement of Sandusky’s home outside State College. Another witness, a graduate assistant for the team who had been a quarterback for the Nittany Lions, testified he saw Sandusky having sexual contact with a boy inside a team shower late on a Friday night.
Sandusky did not testify on his own behalf but has maintained his innocence. His lawyer has said the victims’ testimony was motivated by a desire to cash in. Penn State announced last year it was paying $59.7 million to 26 people who had raised claims of abuse at Sandusky’s hands.
His defense lawyers repeatedly sought delays before trial, saying they were swamped by an enormous amount of material from prosecutors and needed more time to examine the background of his accusers.
During a post-sentencing hearing, however, defense attorney Joe Amendola acknowledged that he had not discovered anything afterward that would have changed his trial strategy.
Sandusky’s 2011 arrest led to the firing of Hall of Fame football coach Joe Paterno and significant penalties levied against the school by the NCAA. Paterno was stripped of 111 of his 409 career wins while the school was fined $60 million, banned from bowl games for four years and faced steep scholarship cuts.
Three other high-ranking school officials, including the then-president, face charges they covered up complaints about Sandusky. Their case has not yet gone to trial.
06-23-2014, 02:23 PM
Sandusky’s Wife: Prosecution Report Isn’t Truthful
June 23, 2014 1:38 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s wife says Pennsylvania’s top prosecutor lacks the courage to admit the former Penn State assistant coach isn’t guilty of the child molestation charges that sent him to prison. :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
Dottie Sandusky issued a statement Monday after Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a report into how the case was handled by police and prosecutors and why it took nearly three years to file charges.
Dottie Sandusky says the charges were delayed because there was no legitimate evidence against him.
The report questions why their home wasn’t searched until 2011 even though authorities fielded a complaint against Sandusky in late 2008.
Dottie Sandusky says if they’d searched earlier they’d have found nothing. The report says the search produced victims’ photos and a highlighted list of participants from his children’s charity.
06-24-2014, 06:57 AM
Arbitrator Rules To Reinstate Sandusky’s Pension
June 23, 2014 5:25 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania arbitrator has ruled that Jerry Sandusky’s $4,900-a-month Penn State pension be reinstated, including back payments from October 2012, when his child molestation conviction prompted the state retirement system to end his benefits.
Hearing examiner Michael Bangs wrote in an opinion dated Thursday but made public Monday that it was clear the former assistant football coach was no longer a Penn State employee after his 1999 retirement. That was critical to the pension dispute because the state Pension Forfeiture Act was expanded five years later, in 2004, to add sexual offenses to the list of crimes that trigger forfeiture.
“The Pennsylvania forfeiture law is simply not applicable to SERS’ members who commit crimes after they have begun receiving their pensions, which is really what SERS is attempting to do in this case,” Bangs wrote. “The courts simply cannot extend the current law beyond any rational interpretation of its current form.”
Both Sandusky and the State Employees’ Retirement System can respond to the recommendation, after which the retirement system board will decide whether the pension should be reinstated. That could occur this fall, and if Sandusky loses he could appeal to state courts.
Sandusky’s lawyer, Chuck Benjamin, said Monday he was pleased with the ruling, which accepted Benjamin’s argument that a report by former FBI director Louis Freeh was incorrect when it claimed Sandusky received 71 post-retirement payments from Penn State. In fact there were just a handful, and half were travel reimbursements, Benjamin said.
“The unfortunate thing here is that SERS acted on the mistaken belief that the Freeh report was correct when the undisputed evidence showed it wasn’t correct,” Benjamin said.
Sandusky testified in January on the pension issue by video link from a state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. He was the only witness his lawyers called.
His pension benefits include a 50 percent survivor’s annuity for his wife, Dottie.
The 70-year-old Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence after being convicted two years ago of sexual abuse of 10 boys.
07-17-2014, 08:04 AM
Jerry Sandusky son discusses alleged sexual abuse
Posted: Jul 17, 2014 1:06 AM EDT
Updated: Jul 17, 2014 10:53 AM EDT
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - An adopted son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky is providing details of the alleged sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his father.
Matt Sandusky, who was initially a foster child of the Sanduskys, tells Oprah Winfrey in a TV show airing Thursday night that his overnight visits with the family as a child were good "except for one part, bedtime."
At bedtime in the Sandusky's home in State College, he said, Jerry Sandusky's "ritual began."
"The overnight visits were -- they were good. I mean, except for that one part, bedtime. Bedtime was the bad part. But any other time that we were in the home, that we were doing anything in the home with the family, it was fine and it was -- again, you would look at that family and you would say, wow. Like I wish that I had brothers and sisters that cared about me. I wish that I had a mother who cooked dinner every night for the whole family. I wish that I had all of these things. But then at bedtime, his ritual began," Matt Sandusky told Winfrey in a brief clip released by the network.
The network said Sandusky discusses the grooming, methodical control and manipulation he faced as a child.
He had also discussed the alleged abuse in a documentary, "Happy Valley," shown earlier this year, and in an audiotape of a 29-minute interview with police detectives that NBC obtained at the time of Jerry Sandusky's 2012 trial.
Matt Sandusky told investigators Jerry Sandusky had rubbed along or against his genitals. He said then that he did not recall any penetration or oral sex, and that memories were coming back to him.
He said he was coming forward at that time because he had told a different story to an investigative grand jury and wanted to correct the record.
"So that they can really have closure and see what the truth actually is. And just to right the wrong, honestly, of going to the grand jury and lying," Matt Sandusky said two years ago. He was not called to testify, and Jerry Sandusky has not been charged with any crime in relation to his adopted son.
Matt Sandusky is one of six children adopted by Jerry Sandusky and his wife.
Jerry Sandusky, once Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno's assistant and heir apparent at Penn State University, was convicted of sexual abuse of 10 other boys. He is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.
Matt Sandusky is among those who have claimed abuse at Sandusky's hands who have been paid civil settlements by Penn State.
He was placed in foster care with the Sandusky family in January 1995. He was adopted by the family after he turned 18.
07-19-2014, 06:49 AM
Sandusky Relatives Voice Support After Interview
Friday, Jul 18, 2014 | Updated 9:35 PM EDT
Other members of Jerry Sandusky's family say they're standing by him after one of his adopted sons described to Oprah Winfrey allegations of sexual abuse by the former Penn State assistant football coach.
The family released a statement on Friday saying none of them ever saw abuse or any indication of inappropriate activity. :rolleyes:
Matthew Sandusky said in Thursday's broadcast that his adopted father subjected him to a range of sexual abuse, including oral sex.
The statement is from Sandusky's wife, Dottie, and the couple's other five adopted children. :rolleyes:
It says attacking Matthew will provoke him and they're worried about what he'll say about the family.
Jerry Sandusky is serving a prison term for sexual abuse of 10 boys. He has not been charged with abusing Matthew Sandusky.
07-26-2014, 10:29 AM
Judge Denies Spanier's Bid to Halt Criminal Case
Wednesday, November 7th, 2012
A federal judge in Pennsylvania said Friday she will not halt the criminal case against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, who is accused of a criminal cover-up of child sex abuse complaints against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
U.S. Middle District Judge Yvette Kane dismissed the legal action brought by Spanier against state Attorney General Kathleen Kane, whose office is prosecuting him and two other former university administrators.
Spanier claimed he was the victim of selective prosecution :rolleyes: and said the federal court should also intervene because prosecutors had improperly used testimony from a university lawyer he says was representing him when he appeared before a grand jury.
The judge's memorandum said her decision was based on a principle that federal courts should keep out of state prosecutions in all but the most extraordinary instances.
Spanier's lawyers had argued the case against him was undertaken in bad faith and without any hope of getting a valid conviction.
Judge Kane said she was "leaving to the state court an assessment of whether any impropriety in the investigation and grand jury proceeding occurred, and whether (Spanier) is entitled to any relief.''
A spokesman for the attorney general and Spanier's lawyer, Liz Ainslie, both declined comment.
Spanier, who was forced out as university president a few days after Sandusky was arrested on child molestation charges in November 2011, faces charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, failure to properly report suspected abuse and endangering the welfare of children.
He awaits trial in Dauphin County court in Harrisburg, along with retired vice president Gary Schultz and retired athletic director Tim Curley.
All three defendants await a judge's decision about claims their right to legal representation was violated by the actions of former Penn State general counsel Cynthia Baldwin related to their appearances before an investigative grand jury in 2011.
Sandusky, who spent decades as an assistant coach under Joe Paterno, was convicted two years ago of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence.
07-26-2014, 10:34 AM
Son: Joe Paterno Feared Wrongly Accusing Sandusky
By Mark Scolforo
Saturday, Jul 26, 2014 • Updated at 11:50 AM EDT
Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno told his son the day after his firing that he hadn't informed the coaching staff about allegations Jerry Sandusky may be a child molester because he was unsure whether they were true, Jay Paterno writes in a new book.
In "Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father," which hit the shelves at some central Pennsylvania bookstores this week, Jay Paterno writes that his father said he didn't want to accuse somebody of something he didn't witness or know to be true.
"I didn't know that he'd done all that stuff," Joe Paterno told his son, according to the book. "I had no idea. I just didn't know."
The book takes a defensive tone toward the elder Paterno, who lost his job shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November 2011 and died of liver cancer three months later.
Jay Paterno, who abandoned a candidacy for lieutenant governor before this year's Democratic primary after his nominating petitions were challenged, is involved in two lawsuits in which Penn State is the defendant.
"I am not writing to exonerate my father because he did not commit a crime that needs a pardon," he wrote. "If anything, he is guilty of failing to possess the God-like qualities ascribed to him by others, qualities that Joe was the first to insist he never had."
His take on the Sandusky scandal closely follows — and repeatedly cites — a rebuttal his family produced after a report commissioned by the university concluded that Joe Paterno helped conceal Sandusky's behavior to avoid bad publicity.
Long sections of the book describe Jay Paterno's upbringing and his 17 years as an offensive assistant coach under his father, who built the program into a powerhouse and was instrumental in the university's growth and expansion.
Joe Paterno's firing, and a subsequent decision to remove his statue from outside the football stadium, remains controversial among Penn State alumni and fans, and Jay Paterno describes the trustees in bitter terms, saying they were just trying to save themselves. :rolleyes:
"The firing was an act of cowardice," he wrote. "End of story." :rolleyes:
In a phone interview Friday with The Associated Press, Jay Paterno said his father first realized Sandusky may be a child molester in late 2010, when he got word that a grand jury was investigating, long after Sandusky's retirement.
Paterno had fielded a complaint about Sandusky in a shower with a boy nearly a decade earlier and told the school's athletic director about it. Police weren't notified, however, and the report languished until a fresh complaint in 2008 caused police to investigate Sandusky.
For Jay Paterno, the realization about Sandusky came within a few days of his father's testimony before the grand jury in January 2011.
Until then, he said, he had thought of Sandusky as someone who was doing a lot of good for people — Sandusky had established a charity for at-risk children in the 1970s, and prosecutors later determined he used it to find and groom victims.
"When you know somebody for so long, it's awfully hard to believe bad things about someone, when every sign in his life points the other way," he said.
Three former Penn State administrators are awaiting trial on charges they participated in a criminal cover-up of allegations against Sandusky: former university president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz. They have denied the accusations.
"I know what kind of men I think they are, based on personal interactions with them," Jay Paterno told the AP. "I've had nothing but good experiences with those people and nothing but honest dealings with them."
The Paterno family is behind a lawsuit against the NCAA over the organization's punishment of Penn State, including a $60 million fine, a four-year ban on postseason play and a temporary loss of football scholarships.
Jay Paterno and another former assistant, Bill Kenney, filed a federal lawsuit this week seeking more than $1 million for their dismissal from the team when a new coach was hired in early 2012. They say they have been unfairly linked to the Sandusky scandal.
Asked what Joe Paterno would think about his family suing the university, Jay Paterno said: "I can't speak for him, but I can tell you this — one of the things my father believed in was truth and integrity."
Sandusky, who spent decades as Joe Paterno's lead defensive assistant, was convicted two years ago of sexually abusing 10 boys and is serving a lengthy prison sentence.
07-29-2014, 10:18 AM
5 Pa. Reps Ask NCAA to Halt Penn State Sanctions
Monday, Jul 28, 2014 • Updated at 8:57 PM EDT
Five Pennsylvania congressmen are asking college sports' governing body to cancel penalties against Penn State imposed as a result of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal.
The five released a letter Monday they sent last week to Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA.
They're citing an April state court ruling that was critical of the consent decree, which includes a temporary ban on post-season play, a temporary reduction in scholarships, the cancellation of 112 wins and a $60 million fine.
The group is four Republicans -- Charlie Dent, Glenn Thompson, Jim Gerlach and Mike Kelly -- plus Democrat Mike Doyle. Dent, Doyle and Thompson are Penn State alumni.
An NCAA spokeswoman tells The Philadelphia Inquirer the organization hasn't received the letter and isn't commenting beyond its previous statements.
09-04-2014, 06:22 AM
New Lawsuit Filed Over Alleged Abuse by Sandusky
Thursday, Sep 4, 2014 • Updated at 7:49 AM EDT
A new accuser has sued Jerry Sandusky, Penn State and a charity the former assistant coach founded, claiming he was sexually abused about six years ago.
The case was filed in Philadelphia last month by Williamsport attorney Bret Southard, whose client was identified only by his initials, The Centre Daily Times reported.
The lawsuit claims Sandusky abused the boy during a shopping trip in 2008 or 2009, and after they attended a Penn State game in 2008 against Coastal Carolina University.
The trip would have come around the time law enforcement officials began investigating Sandusky in late 2008, based on a complaint involving a student in central Pennsylvania. They charged him in 2011.
Southard told the newspaper his client represents a new case. The lawsuit seeks $550,000, along with punitive damages and interest. Penn State previously settled 26 cases for nearly $60 million.
The lawsuit describes the boy as a participant in The Second Mile, the charity for at-risk children Sandusky founded, the newspaper reported.
Second Mile official David Woodle said the charity would "engage with them and try just to understand what's there and take it through the legal process." He said The Second Mile now exists only as the owner of real estate that is currently for sale.
A Penn State spokesman declined to comment, and messages left by The Associated Press for Southard and Sandusky's legal team late Wednesday were not immediately returned.
Sandusky was convicted two years ago of sexual abuse of 10 boys and is serving a lengthy state prison sentence.
The lawsuit said the accuser was among the boys listed as Second Mile participants on a document taken from Sandusky's home during the investigation. Some of the names had check marks next to them.
"There was such a mark next to plaintiff's name. The (state police) then contacted (his) parents," the lawsuit said.
09-16-2014, 10:31 AM
Rutgers Apologizes to Penn State for Offensive Signs
Monday, Sep 15, 2014 • Updated at 7:13 PM EDT
Rutgers has apologized to Penn State for offensive signs and shirts referencing the Jerry Sandusky scandal that some Rutgers fans displayed during a football game between the two schools.
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann apologized in a statement Monday for the “classless display” :rolleyes: that she said does not represent the school's views or its fan base.
"I would like to apologize equally to the Penn State University fans that were subjected to this classless display that does not represent the ethos of our university, athletic department or fan base," Hermann wrote.
Several photos posted on an official Rutgers football Facebook page showed fans wearing T-shirts that read "Beat Ped State.'' :D Hermann says the photos were removed when school officials learned about them.
There also was a sign that showed what appeared to be stick figures of a man and boy engaged in a sex act, with ``Penn State'' emblazoned across the top.
The sign and photos were references to the child-sex-abuse scandal involving Sandusky.
09-20-2014, 07:54 AM
Rutgers Athletic Director's Sandusky "Joke"
Friday, Sep 19, 2014 • Updated at 8:03 PM EDT
Rutgers athletic director Julie Hermann made an off-the-cuff joke about the Jerry Sandusky child sex-abuse scandal at Penn State during a meeting with staff last fall.
The university acknowledged Friday that Hermann made the impromptu comment in a fundraising meeting but said it was not directed at anyone associated with Penn State. The comment was first reported by NJ Advance Media, whose story included statements from more than a half-dozen people inside the Rutgers athletic department.
The report said Hermann told staff members to "reach out and touch the donors" of the Rutgers program, and her punchline was to not do it "in a Sandusky way." :p
"Julie's comment was an off the cuff response to a give-and-take interaction urging the fundraising team to reach out and touch the donors,'' Pete McDonough, senior vice president for external affairs, said in a statement sent Friday evening to The Associated Press. "There probably isn't a person alive today who hasn't made an impromptu remark in a private meeting that probably shouldn't have been said. Even taken out of context, this single comment was not directed at Penn State, its students, staff or faculty."
McDonough said the university is not going to let a spontaneous, offhand remark take away from the "great" job Hermann is doing since replacing Tim Pernetti in May 2013.
The report comes just days after Rutgers apologized to Penn State for offensive signs and shirts referencing the Sandusky scandal that some Rutgers fans displayed during a weekend football game, the Scarlet Knights' debut in the Big Ten Conference.
Hermann called the actions at the game a "classless display" that she said does not represent the New Jersey school's views or its fan base.
Several photos posted on an official Rutgers football Facebook page showed fans wearing T-shirts that read "Beat Ped State." Hermann says the photos were removed.
There also was a sign that showed what appeared to be stick figures of a man and boy engaged in a sex act, with "Penn State" emblazoned across the top.
Sandusky, a former longtime assistant football coach at Penn State, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse.
12-05-2014, 08:10 AM
Sandusky’s Son Speaks On Abusive Childhood
December 5, 2014 10:23 AM
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son Matt is speaking about his two abusive fathers at a Philadelphia conference on child abuse intervention.
Matt Sandusky is telling more than 200 people at the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance’s conference Friday about his biological father burning his toes and his adoptive father subjecting him to sexual abuse.
Matt Sandusky met Jerry Sandusky through the former Penn State assistant football coach’s Second Mile charity for disadvantaged youth. He says the abuse slowly progressed over time.
Matt Sandusky came forward with his allegations against Jerry Sandusky during a 2012 trial where eight men testified that his adoptive father abused them.
The elder Sandusky was convicted and is serving a 30-60-year prison sentence.
12-20-2014, 08:05 AM
Jerry Sandusky Is Denied $4,900-A-Month Pension
December 19, 2014 4:26 PM
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has lost a legal battle to restore his $4,900-a-month pension, a benefit that was canceled two years ago after he was sentenced for child molestation.
The State Employees’ Retirement Board’s 122-page opinion, made public Friday, determined Sandusky remained a Penn State employee after his announced retirement in 1999, meaning his abuse of children fell under a 2004 state law that added sexual offenses against students to the crimes that trigger forfeiture.
Sandusky attorney Chuck Benjamin said he planned to file a challenge to the decision in court.
“All I can say at this point is we’re looking forward to litigating the revocation of the pension in court,” Benjamin said. “That’s the next step of this process. We’ve exhausted our administrative remedies, and now we’ll be filing papers within the next 30 days in court.”
The decision went against the recommendation in June by a hearing examiner who said Sandusky had already retired by the time the Pension Forfeiture Act was expanded. Six sex crimes against two children met standards of the forfeiture law, the board said.
“He knew that his pension was conditioned on not performing certain conduct,” the opinion said. “He elected to engage in that conduct.”
The board said Sandusky, through his former charity the Second Mile, continued to work in an outreach capacity for Penn State after 2004, appearing at golf tournaments that university alumni, boosters and athletics officials attended.
Sandusky, 70, is serving a decades-long sentence and appears likely to die in prison. His wife, Dottie, would have been in line to continue collecting 50 percent of his pension upon his death, but the opinion also denied her survivorship benefits.
“I think that for the SERS to say that Jerry somehow remained a Penn State employee after he retired from Penn State and went to work for (the Second Mile) is ridiculous and ignores reality,” Dottie Sandusky said in an email to the AP.
The board wrote that Sandusky “continued to attend athletic events at Penn State, including football games in the Penn State suite designed to attract and solicit donors.” It also said he had access to facilities, free tickets to events, an office and a free phone, highlighting a 1999 “letter agreement” with the university that the board said was unique.
“The nature of the work performed by (Sandusky) established an employment relationship,” the board concluded. “The parties expressly agreed and understood that (Sandusky’s) efforts were directed towards increasing the visibility and enhancing the reputation of Penn State and its athletic programs.”
The hearing examiner, Michael Bangs, had said that the retirement system had improperly applied the forfeiture law to Sandusky for crimes he committed as a retiree.
Sandusky testified for nearly three hours by video link earlier this year at a hearing before Bangs regarding the forfeiture. He was the only witness called by his lawyers.
Sandusky spent decades as Penn State’s defensive football coach before retiring in 1999. Penn State employees do not work for the state government but are eligible to participate in the state pension system.
Sandusky collected a $148,000 lump sum payment at the time he retired, and a total of $900,000 in pension payments by September 2012.
He was convicted by a jury in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 boys and sentenced to 30 to 60 years.
03-31-2015, 07:16 AM
Judge Rules Joe Paterno's Family Can't Sue Penn State University, Again
The family of the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno can't sue the NCAA and the university for breach of contract for their actions in response to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, a Pennsylvania judge on Monday ruled for a second time.
Judge John Leete said an amended lawsuit filed by Paterno's family repeated the breach-of-contract claim that he had previously dismissed.
"Plaintiffs are not amending their complaint to include a new cause of action or even a new theory of an existing cause of action; rather they are attempting to resurrect a claim on which this court already dismissed," Leete wrote.
The estate had argued that the NCAA and university violated Paterno's rights through their investigations into how the Sandusky matter was handled, and statements in their 2012 consent decree that made harsh judgments about Paterno's actions.
Despite the ruling, other aspects of the lawsuit will continue to move forward. Paterno's estate is suing the NCAA defendants for commercial disparagement, saying the consent decree made false and defamatory statements that damaged commercial interests and value.
On Monday, Leete also turned down the Paternos' request to let them make public more of the material they are getting from the NCAA. And he rejected a request from the NCAA that would have required the Paterno estate's lawyers to conduct depositions of some people before they issue subpoenas.
Spokesman Dan McGinn said the Paterno family viewed the decision on subpoenas to be the most important aspect of the judge's six-page opinion and order.
"What's run through this whole deal is our commitment to finding the truth," McGinn said. "We need access to information. We need to bring daylight to this."
Paterno died of complications from lung cancer in January 2012, about two months after Sandusky, a former assistant coach, was first charged with child sexual abuse. Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence in state prison. The next step in his criminal case is expected to be the filing of an appeal in county court under the state's Post Conviction Relief Act.
The NCAA issued a statement that said Leete's decision means the organization did not breach any obligation it owned Paterno, under its rules, when it and Penn State entered into the consent decree. The NCAA's top lawyer said it would "continue to defend vigorously" what remained of the lawsuit.
The lawsuit before Leete once included former players, faculty members and several university trustees but has been pared down.
The remaining plaintiffs include former assistants Bill Kenney and Jay Paterno, the former head coach's son, who claim the NCAA's actions have kept them from finding comparable jobs in football since being released by the Nittany Lions football program. Former trustee Al Clemens is pursuing a breach of contract allegation against the NCAA and Penn State.
Clemens, Kenney and Jay Paterno allege they were defamed by the NCAA defendants in the consent decree and in a university-commissioned report by former FBI director Louis Freeh that criticized trustees for lack of oversight and "some coaches" for ignoring red flags about Sandusky's behavior.
Those three and the Paterno estate also allege they were victims of a civil conspiracy by the NCAA.
Leete did not rule on whether NCAA officials Mark Emmert and Ed Ray are properly named as defendants in the case. The judge said he will schedule that matter separately "as necessary."
A Penn State spokeswoman declined comment.
06-04-2015, 06:20 AM
New Sandusky Accuser, Who Claims Abuse During Penn State Football Camp, Wants to File Charges
A man who claims former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky abused him as a teen filed a court document Wednesday that asks a judge to force state prosecutors to file charges in the matter.
The appeal of prosecutors' decision not to file a criminal complaint state prosecutors met with the man in April, after which they told him the 1988 allegations were too old to be viable under the statute of limitations. The accuser argues changes to the statute of limitations in 2002 and 2006 provide a legal basis for a current criminal prosecution.
The man, now 43 years old and living in Massachusetts, was 16 at the time he attended a Sandusky-run football camp on the Penn State campus. His private criminal complaint filed in Centre County alleges two incidences of abuse in which he claims Sandusky subjected him to fondling and oral sex.
Al Lindsay, who represents Sandusky in a pending county-level appeal, said the former coach denies the allegations.
The man's lawyer, Steven Passarello, said the man has not filed a civil complaint. Penn State has settled with at least 26 Sandusky accusers and victims for more than $59 million.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office said it stands by the legal conclusion regarding the statute of limitations in the case. A May 20 letter attached to the appeal said authorities "reviewed all the facts of your allegations and found you to be compelling."
07-08-2015, 05:46 AM
Date Set for Man Seeking Private Complaint Against Convicted Child Molester Jerry Sandusky
Updated 2 hours ago
A man who claims former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky abused him as a teen will have a court hearing in October in his efforts to force state prosecutors to file criminal charges.
The now-43-year-old man last month appealed the state attorney general's decision not to file a criminal complaint against Sandusky. The man met with state prosecutors in April, and was told the 1988 allegations were too old under the statute of limitations. But the man says changes to the statute of limitations in 2002 and 2006 should permit the charges now.
Sandusky's attorney says Sandusky denies molesting the man at a football camp on the Penn State campus. Sandusky's accuser was 16 then.
The Centre Daily Times reports an Oct. 22 hearing has been set.
07-14-2015, 05:36 AM
Three Former Penn State Administrators Allegedly Involved in Sandusky Case Head to Appeals Court Hearing
Updated at 10:05 PM EDT on Monday, Jul 13, 2015
A long delayed criminal case against three former Penn State administrators accused of covering up complaints about Jerry Sandusky is heading to a Pennsylvania courtroom next month, but not for trial.
Superior Court — a state appeals court — last week scheduled oral argument before a three-judge panel in Harrisburg for Aug. 11 to consider the claims by Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz regarding a county judge's decision earlier this year.
If upheld, the judge's order could clear the way for trial in the matter that has gone on for nearly four years without a trial date being set.
The appeals court file has been sealed, but the online docket indicates the men are appealing a January order by Dauphin County Judge Todd Hoover that rejected arguments they had made about the fairness and legality of the grand jury investigation that resulted in charges.
All three defendants held high-ranking positions at the university in 2011, when Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, was charged with sexual abuse of children; Spanier was president, Schultz was vice president for business and finance and Curley was athletic director.
Schultz and Curley were first charged along with Sandusky in November 2011, and the attorney general's office charged Spanier in 2012. Messages left for their defense attorneys were not immediately returned on Monday.
Hoover ruled in January that the three defendants' rights were not violated by the actions of Penn State's then-general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, during grand jury proceedings. Hoover determined that Baldwin had represented them as university employees, and that they were not denied the right to legal counsel.
The judge also rejected defense claims concerning conflict of interest, violations of attorney-client privilege and allegations of prosecutorial misconduct.
The role of Baldwin, who also is a former state Supreme Court justice, has been the focus of considerable court action in the case, much of it sealed or done in closed proceedings.
All three defendants face charges of perjury, obstruction, conspiracy, child endangerment and failure to properly report suspected abuse. They have vigorously denied the allegations.
Sandusky, 71, is currently serving a 30- to 60-year sentence at a high-security state prison in southwestern Pennsylvania. He is pursuing a county-level appeal under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act, and prosecutors have until Sept. 1 to file their answer.
10-01-2015, 03:50 PM
Sandusky Wants Subpoena Power to Look Into 2011 Case Leaks
By Mark Scolforo
Published at 9:15 PM EDT on Sep 30, 2015
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky wants a judge to let him explore contacts between prosecutors and a judge who oversaw the grand jury that recommended he be charged with child molestation.
Sandusky, who was convicted of molesting boys but maintains his innocence :rolleyes:, on Tuesday filed a court document saying he also wants to look into how information about the grand jury investigation was published eight months before he was arrested in 2011.
The new filing argued that leaks in the investigation were "part of the systemic breakdown of the grand jury process...over time by the attorney general's office and supervising judges."
Sandusky attorney Al Lindsay asked to be given emails and other records of communications between state prosecutors and judges and the ability to get sworn statements from anyone with access to the grand jury proceedings. Lindsay said Sandusky, now in state prison, is expected to attend an appeal hearing on those and other post-trial issues on Oct. 29 in Bellefonte.
Prosecutors were reviewing the filing and planned to respond, attorney general's office spokesman Chuck Ardo said.
Ardo provided conflicting statements about the source of leaks in the Sandusky investigation Wednesday. He first said there was no evidence leaks came from anyone associated with the prosecutors' office but hours later said Attorney General Kathleen Kane "has strong suspicions that the leaks came from people associated with this office."
"The attorney general herself is not convinced that the leaks did not emanate from the office of attorney general and will comply with any subpoena seeking information about email traffic between this office and the judge," Ardo said.
The Patriot-News first reported in a March 2011 story by Sara Ganim that a grand jury was looking into allegations against Sandusky, a story that helped the newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize. Ganim, now a CNN correspondent, is among those Sandusky wants to subpoena.
Lindsay told Judge John Cleland he wants more information about the February 2013 appointment by Judge Barry Feudale, who oversaw the grand jury, of a special prosecutor to look into grand jury secrecy violations. Lindsay said his office called the special prosecutor, lawyer James Reeder, who told him "he would not even speak with anyone regarding his investigation without a court order."
The order from Feudale that appointed Reeder set his pay at $72 an hour and gave him six months to produce a report. It's unclear what work, if any, was performed by Reeder, who formerly worked at the attorney general's office. Reeder, now a prosecutor with the Lancaster County district attorney's office, did not return a phone message Wednesday.
Recent news accounts of inappropriate emails between prosecutors and judges in Pennsylvania have raised the possibility they also engaged in improper discussions about Sandusky's case, Lindsay wrote.
"This would of course result in a 'tainting' of the grand jury investigation and would have likely had significance in the grand jury presentment accusing the defendant of various criminal acts and subsequent prosecution," Lindsay wrote.
Ardo said it's not unusual for prosecutors and a grand jury supervisory judge to be in contact with each other.
"We are not aware of any inappropriate communications between this office and Judge Feudale," Ardo said.
Participation in pornographic, explicit and otherwise objectionable emails that circulated at the attorney general's office led a state Supreme Court justice, Seamus McCaffery, to apologize and retire last year after his colleagues suspended him.
Kane fired or disciplined dozens of employees over the emails, and several former employees of the office lost their jobs after their participation in the exchanges became public.
Kane, who was elected a year after Sandusky was charged, is currently awaiting trial on charges she leaked material from an unrelated grand jury investigation to a reporter last year and then lied to cover it up, charges she has vigorously disputed.
Sandusky, who served for decades as defensive coach of Penn State's powerhouse football program, was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in state prison. He has acknowledged showering with boys but denied molesting them.
10-28-2015, 05:48 PM
Time Hasn't Run Out for More Charges Against Sandusky: Judge
By Mark Scolforo
Published 5 hours ago
A Pennsylvania judge is ordering prosecutors to take another look at a man's allegations that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molested him as a child.
Centre County Judge Thomas Kistler said Wednesday that the statute of limitations hasn't expired on filing criminal charges in the case. He told the attorney general's office to evaluate whether the allegations meet a minimum standard for filing them.
The now-43-year-old Massachusetts man initiated a private complaint against Sandusky a year ago, saying he was abused at 16 during a 1988 football camp on campus.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office says the decision is being reviewed.
Sandusky's lawyer says he denies the allegations. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 other boys and is serving a lengthy prison sentence.
11-13-2015, 06:27 AM
Judge Demands Files on Sandusky's Victims' Deals With Lawyers
By Mark Scolforo
Published at 10:25 PM EST on Nov 12, 2015
State prosecutors must turn over any documents they may have about deals between Jerry Sandusky's victims and their civil lawyers, a judge ruled Thursday, handing a partial victory to the former Penn State assistant football coach as he pursues an appeal of his child sex abuse convictions.
Judge John Cleland gave the attorney general's office a week to give him, under seal, any book contracts, contingency fee agreements or similar materials involving any of the eight victims who testified against Sandusky.
The records also include speaking fees or "any other financial incentive to falsify ... testimony," Cleland wrote.
Sandusky attorney Al Lindsay said he will wait to see what, if anything, turns up.
"We're gratified to get anything we can get," he said.
A spokesman for the attorney general's office said it will review the order and respond accordingly.
Sandusky lost, however, other requests for information and for the power to subpoena people as he pursues an appeal of his 45-count conviction for child sexual abuse.
Cleland said the case did not meet the standard of exceptional circumstances that is required at this point in Sandusky's case to obtain the type of information he wants.
The judge wrote that Lindsay "appears to equate 'exceptional' with 'high profile.' However, it is not the case that must be 'exceptional.' The term exceptional in this context does not refer to the nature of the case - its notoriety, publicity or public interest."
Instead, he said, the term refers to exceptional circumstances that require the court to intervene in the interests of justice. It's not a substitute for "customary investigatory techniques,'' the judge wrote.
Sandusky wanted subpoena power to interview a young man he believes is Victim 2, the person seen by assistant coach Mike McQueary in a team shower with Sandusky in 2001. Cleland said Lindsay hasn't claimed the young man won't talk to him or that others won't testify if called to a hearing.
Victim 2 did not testify at trial, though a young man who says he is Victim 2 obtained a settlement from Penn State over his claims of abuse by Sandusky.
Cleland ruled last week that another aspect of Sandusky's request - information about grand jury proceedings that led to charges being filed - should be directed to the judge who currently supervises the panel.
Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence and has already lost a direct appeal to the state Supreme Court. The appeal he is pursuing before Cleland, under the state's Post-Conviction Relief Act, is comparatively narrow in scope, confined to such topics as constitutional violations, newly discovered evidence and prosecutorial misconduct.
11-13-2015, 05:58 PM
Court Ruling Gives Sandusky Back His Penn State Pension
By Mark Scolforo
Published at 10:18 AM EST on Nov 13, 2015
The state must restore the $4,900-a-month pension of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky that was taken away three years ago when he was sentenced to decades in prison on child molestation convictions, a court ordered Friday.
A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously that the State Employees' Retirement Board wrongly concluded Sandusky was a Penn State employee when he committed the crimes that were the basis for the pension forfeiture.
"The board conflated the requirements that Mr. Sandusky engage in 'work relating to' PSU and that he engage in that work 'for' PSU," wrote Judge Dan Pellegrini. "Mr. Sandusky's performance of services that benefited PSU does not render him a PSU employee."
Sandusky, 71, collected a $148,000 lump sum payment upon retirement in 1999 and began receiving monthly payments of $4,900. :mad:
The board stopped those payments in October 2012 on the day he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 children. A jury found him guilty of 45 counts for offenses that ranged from grooming and fondling to violent sexual attacks. Some of the encounters happened inside university facilities.
The basis for the pension board's decision was a provision in the state Pension Forfeiture Act that applies to "crimes related to public office or public employment," and he was convicted of indecent assault and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.
The judges said the board's characterization of Sandusky as a Penn State employee at the time those offenses occurred was erroneous because he did not maintain an employer-employee relationship with the university after 1999.
The judges ordered the board to pay back interest and reinstated the pension retroactively, granting him about three years of makeup payments.
Sandusky attorney Richard A. Beran said the board had taken from the Sanduskys what was rightfully theirs.
"Perhaps a majority lacked the courage to apply the law as stated," Beran said. He called the December 2014 decision "certainly one that probably pleased the public in light of the current state of the Pennsylvania pension system, but under the law it was very clear he was entitled to it and his wife is entitled to the pension if Jerry predeceases her."
Beran said he expected the retirement system to pursue an appeal to the state Supreme Court, but State Employees' Retirement System spokesman Jay Pagni said he could not speculate on what action might be taken.
"We just received the order today," Pagni said. "We are reviewing it and we will present that analysis to the board." He was unsure how much Sandusky would receive in back payments and interest.
Sandusky, housed at Greene State Prison, is pursuing an appeal of his conviction. Although Penn State employees are not state workers, university employees are allowed to participate in the state government pension system.
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