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Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal
      
The Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal involved allegations in 2011 against former Pennsylvania State University football assistant coach Jerry Sandusky and allegations of a university cover-up of those incidents.[1] Sandusky, a longtime defensive coordinator under head coach Joe Paterno, retired in 1999 but retained access to Penn State's athletic facilities. A 2011 grand jury investigation reported that Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, told Paterno in 2002 that he had seen Sandusky performing a sex act on a 10-year-old boy in Penn State football's shower facilities. Paterno then reported the allegations to Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. In November 2011, Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts of molesting eight young boys over a 15-year period. In addition, Curley and university Senior Vice President Gary Schultz resigned after being charged with failing to report the incident to police and lying to a grand jury regarding what they knew about the incident. Paterno and University President Graham Spanier were not charged, but both received criticism for their handling of the allegations. On November 9, Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the season, but hours later, Paterno and Spanier were formally removed from their positions by the Penn State Board of Trustees.
 
   
Background
Sandusky was a defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team for 23 seasons, under head coach Joe Paterno, a position he retired from in 1999.[2] In 1977 he founded The Second Mile, a children's charity, in State College, Pennsylvania;[3] he retired from that organization in 2010. In 1998 he was investigated by Penn State officials for sexual abuse of a child; that incident was not reported to any law enforcement agency.[4] Upon his retirement from the college Sandusky negotiated status as coach emeritus which included an office in, and access to, Penn State's football facilities.[5]
Investigation and charges
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On November 4, 2011, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys, following a three-year investigation into allegations that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old. The boy's parents reported the incident to police in 2009.[6] A Pennsylvania statewide investigating grand jury identified eight boys singled out for sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky from 1994 through 2009.[7][8] At least 20 of the incidents allegedly took place while Sandusky was still employed by Penn State.[9] The mother of one of the alleged victims said that Sandusky personally admitted to inappropriately touching her son while showering with him on campus in 1998. However, Ray Gricar, Attorney General of Centre County at that time, declined to press charges.[10]
Sandusky was arrested on November 5 and charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse as well as eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of indecent assault, and other offenses.[11] Two Penn State administrators were charged with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse by Sandusky. Senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, who oversaw the Penn State police department, and Tim Curley, the athletic director, were found to be not credible by the grand jury.[12][13]
Despite the history no criminal charges were brought against Sandusky until after an investigation initiated in the Spring of 2008 when the mother of one of the boys (identified in court papers as "Victim 1") reported the abuse during his freshman year at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County, Pennsylvania. According to court papers Sandusky had been having a relationship with Victim 1 since 2005 or 2006 when the boy was 11 or 12 and the relationship involved "inappropriate touching." Sandusky had met the boy through the Second Mile program. Sandusky retired from Second Mile in 2010.[14]
According to the indictment, in 2002 Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary walked in on a ten-year-old boy (described in court papers as "Victim 2") "being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky"[15] in the Lasch Football Building on the Penn State campus.[14] The next day, he reported the incident to Paterno, who informed Curley. Ultimately, the only action Curley and Schultz took was to order Sandusky not to bring any children from Second Mile to the football building—an action that was approved by school president Graham Spanier. The indictment accused Curley and Schultz of not only failing to tell the police, but falsely telling the grand jury that the graduate assistant never informed them of sexual activity. Since no formal police investigation was conducted at the time, the identity and exact age of Victim 2 is not known. The only formal law enforcement investigation began in December 2010 when McQueary testified before the Grand Jury.[14][2]
Although Penn State prohibited Sandusky from bringing boys onto the main campus in 2002, Sandusky was allowed to operate a summer camp under his name from 2002 to 2008 at a satellite campus near Erie where he had daily contact with boys from fourth grade to high school.[16]
Sandusky is currently free on $100,000 bail pending trial. He could face life in prison if convicted of the charges.[17] Curley and Schultz appeared in a Harrisburg courtroom on November 7, where a judge set bail at $75,000 and required them to surrender their passports.[18]
Media reaction
While Joe Paterno was not accused of legal wrong doing by the grand jury,[7] advocates for sexual abuse victims have called for charges to be brought against him for not contacting the police himself.[19] On November 7, Pennsylvania state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said that though some may have fulfilled their legal obligation to report suspected abuse, "somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child," and that, "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us."[20]
Further, criticism and condemnation of Penn State leadership and Paterno himself, including calls for his dismissal, followed reports of these arrests for their role in "protecting Penn State’s brand instead of a child",[21][22] and allowing Sandusky to retain emeritus status and unfettered access to the university's football program and facilities despite knowledge of the allegations of sexual abuse.[2] In an interview with WFAN, noted sports reporter Kim Jones, a Penn State alumnus, stated that, "I can't believe [Paterno's] heart is that black, where he simply never thought about [Sandusky's 2002 incident] again and never thought about those poor kids who were looking for a male mentor, a strong man in their life."[23] Current TV commentator Keith Olbermann called for Paterno to be immediately fired, saying that "he failed all of the kids—the kid kids and the player kids—he purported to be protecting."[24]
On November 8, 2011, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg published a rare full-page, front-page editorial calling for the immediate resignation of Penn State President Graham Spanier; it also called for this to be Joe Paterno's last season.[25] The same day, an editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette called for the resignations of both Joe Paterno and his assistant coach Mike McQueary.[26]
Maureen Dowd, writing a syndicated op-ed, criticized Penn State for allegations that several members of its staff, from the University President down to a graduate assistant, covered up sexual abuse by Sandusky. Dowd compared the alleged cover up to the Catholic Church's reaction to the Catholic church sex scandal.[27]
Impact
Penn State officially banned Sandusky from campus on November 6.[28] The Penn State University Creamery also removed an ice cream flavor named after Sandusky from the menu.[29][30] Later that day, Tim Curley was placed on administrative leave, and Gary Schultz resigned to go back into retirement.[31]
On November 8, 2011, Penn State's Spanier canceled Paterno's weekly Tuesday news conference, which was to have been the coach's first public appearance since Sandusky's arrest. Paterno reported that Spanier canceled the press conference without providing Paterno with an explanation.[32] That same day, The New York Times reported that Penn State was planning Paterno's exit at the close of the college football season. Based on interviews with two individuals briefed on conversations among top university officials, the Times reported: "The Board of Trustees has yet to determine the precise timing of Mr. Paterno’s exit, but it is clear that (he) will not coach another season."[33]
The following day, the Associated Press reported that Paterno had decided to retire at the end of the 2011 football season.[34] In a statement announcing his retirement, Paterno said: "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."[35]
After the charges came to light, Spanier issued a statement in which he said Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support, and saying they "operate at the highest levels of honesty."[36] Spanier was criticized for expressing support for Curley and Schultz, and failing to express any concern for Sandusky's alleged victims.[2]
Several Penn State students, angered over Spanier's role in the 2002 incident as well as his statement of support for Curley and Schultz, created a Facebook page, "Fire Graham Spanier," in order to call on Penn State's Board of Trustees to fire Spanier.[37] An online petition at change.org calling for Spanier's ouster garnered over 1,700 signatures in four days.[38] On November 9, The Express-Times of Easton, Pennsylvania, first reported that the Board of Trustees had given Spanier an ultimatum—resign before that night's meeting or be fired.[39][40] Later that day, the board voted to remove both Spanier and Paterno effective immediately.[41][42][43] Following Paterno's ouster, rioting occurred near the Penn State campus in reaction. Approximately 10,000 students and others gathered to support Paterno, with some tipping over news trucks[44] and requiring police to use tear gas. No major injuries were reported.[45]
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss Saturday's game against No. 19 Nebraska after the school said he received "multiple threats."
McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the university on Wednesday amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.
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McQueary, who testified that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower, encountered similar scrutiny. The university's athletic department released a one-line statement Thursday night saying it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the season's final home game at Beaver Stadium.
Earlier Thursday, coach Tom Bradley, named by the school to replace Paterno on an interim basis, said it was up to university administrators to decide if McQueary should coach. Bradley also said he was not part of any discussion about potentially dismissing McQueary.
McQueary has not spoken publicly. His mother, Anne, said Thursday they have been advised not to comment.
Bradley said he is replacing Paterno with a heavy heart. He will coach 12th-ranked Penn State through the end of the season as the Nittany Lions vie for the Big Ten title and a Rose Bowl berth with three regular-season games to go. Bradley played for Paterno and has been on the staff for 33 years, and has been considered the leading in-house candidate to replace his Hall of Fame boss.
"I take this job with very mixed emotions due to the situation," a somber Bradley said at a news conference. "I have been asked by the board of trustees to handle this. I told them I would do it last night. I will proceed in a matter that Penn State expects."
"I have no reservations about taking this job," he added.
Bradley said he called Paterno after the firings Wednesday night but declined to divulge what was said.
"I think that's personal in nature," he said.
However, when asked, he was clear about his admiration of and devotion to the man he is replacing for the time being.
"Coach Paterno has meant more to me than anybody except my father. I don't want to get emotional talking about that," Bradley said. "Coach Paterno will go down in history as one of the greatest men, who maybe most of you know as a great football coach. I've had the privilege and the honor to work for him, spend time with him. He's had such dynamic impact on so many, so many, I'll say it again, so many people and players' lives."
He added: "It's with great respect that I speak of him and I'm proud to say that I worked for him."
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Paterno does not plan to interfere in the coaching transition and won't show up at Beaver Stadium on Saturday out of respect for the coaching staff, a source told ESPN's Joe Schad.
Paterno announced Wednesday that he planned to retire at the end of his 46th season, but the outcry following the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on molestation charges over a 15-year period proved too much for the board to ignore. Paterno was fired Wednesday night, as was university president Graham Spanier.
"The university is much larger than its athletic teams," board vice chair John Surma said during a news conference. "The Penn State board of trustees tonight decided it is in the best interest of the university to have a change in leadership to deal with the difficult issues that we are facing."
Paterno's advisers have reached out to attorney J. Sedgwick Sollers, a prominent Washington criminal defense lawyer, about representing Paterno in connection with the scandal, NBC News reported.
Sollers has not met with Paterno and a retainer agreement has not been signed, according to the report. A spokesman for Paterno said "no lawyer has been retained."
A source close to Paterno said he is concerned that he will face civil lawsuits in the case, according to NBC News.
Sollers, the managing partner in the Washington office of King & Spalding, declined to comment Thursday night, according to the report.
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In the wake of Penn State's sex abuse scandal, Cars.com has withdrawn its "Presenting Sponsorship" of Saturday Afternoon College Football on ESPN for the next two weeks. Those afternoon games include Penn State vs. Nebraska at noon this Saturday and Penn State at Ohio State next Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Big Ten's "Honoring Legends, Building Leaders" mobile tour, which promotes the championship game and displays the Stagg-Paterno trophy on campuses during the season, was scheduled to visit State College this weekend but has decided not to, a conference official told ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg.
Typically, the tour arrives at a campus Thursday or Friday and stays through game day. Penn State plays its final home game of the season Saturday.
As word of Paterno's firing spread, thousands of students flocked to the administration building, shouting, "We want Joe back!" and "One more game!" They then headed downtown to Beaver Avenue, where about 100 police wearing helmets and carrying pepper spray were on standby. Witnesses said some rocks and bottles were thrown, a lamppost was toppled and a news van was knocked over, its windows kicked out.
State College police said Thursday they were still gathering information on any possible arrests.
At a news conference late Thursday afternoon, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett asked Penn State students to refrain from the violence that wracked their town. He said students have the right to express their opinions, but not the right to violence.
Corbett said he supported the board of trustees' decision to force out Paterno and Spanier, saying he'd lost confidence in their ability to lead.
Corbett, who is on the 32-member board along with 10 appointees, made the comments after a second day of private meetings of Penn State trustees.
Asked if he thought that Paterno and Spanier didn't do enough to alert law enforcement out of safety of children, Corbett said he was disappointed in their actions.
"I support the board's decision," Corbett said. "Their actions caused me to not have confidence in their ability to continue to lead."
On Thursday, the White House said President Obama's thoughts and prayers are with Sandusky's alleged victims and that, if the allegations are true, then "what happened is outrageous."
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Paterno had come under increasing criticism for not doing more to stop the alleged abuse by Sandusky. Some of the assaults took place at the Penn State football complex, including a 2002 incident witnessed by then-graduate assistant McQueary.
McQueary went to Paterno and reported seeing Sandusky assaulting a young boy in the Penn State showers. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a vice president, Gary Schultz, who in turn notified Spanier.
A source told ESPN that Paterno recalls McQueary "vaguely" referencing "fondling" or "touching" or "horsing around" by Sandusky and a youth. But Paterno never had the understanding that McQueary had witnessed a "sodomy" or "****."
Curley and Schultz have been charged with failing to report the incident to authorities. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly has not ruled out charges against Spanier.
Paterno is not a target of the criminal investigation, but the state police commissioner called his failure to contact police himself a lapse in "moral responsibility."
In a related development, San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides said Thursday his department is "looking into the possibility that an offense may have happened" while Penn State was there for the 1999 Alamo Bowl, Sandusky's last game as an assistant.
According to the Pennsylvania grand jury report, Sandusky took one boy to the game and threatened to send him home when the victim resisted his advances.
Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi, who is advising some alleged victims, told The Associated Press that he's worried they could become scapegoats to people angry about Paterno's sudden departure.
The victims "are now watching people parade and riot" and "to think that is not in some way going to impact these victims is naïve," said Andreozzi, who specializes in sexual abuse cases. He said he's working to provide therapy to the victims, but stopped short of saying he represents them.
Paterno said in his statement earlier Wednesday that he was "absolutely devastated" by the abuse case.
"This is a tragedy," Paterno said. "It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
The Penn State trustees had already said they would appoint a committee to investigate the "circumstances" that resulted in the indictment of Sandusky, and of Curley and Schultz. The committee will be appointed Friday at the board's regular meeting, which Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to attend, and will examine "what failures occurred and who is responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure" similar mistakes aren't made in the future.
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education said it has launched an investigation into whether Penn State failed to report incidents of sexual abuse on campus, as required by federal law.
"The past several days have been absolutely terrible for the entire Penn State community," Surma said. "But the outrage that we feel is nothing compared to the physical and psychological suffering that allegedly took place."
Sandusky, who announced his retirement from Penn State in June 1999, maintained his innocence through his lawyer. Curley has taken a temporary leave and Schultz has decided to step down. They also say they are innocent.
Sandusky is "destroyed" by what happened to Paterno, his attorney Jospeh Amendola told CNN.
Sandusky founded The Second Mile charity in 1977, working with at-risk youths. It now raises and spends several million dollars each year for its programs. Paterno is listed on The Second Mile's website as a member of its honorary board of directors, a group that includes business executives, golfing great Arnold Palmer and several NFL Hall of Famers and coaches, including retired Pittsburgh Steelers stars Jack Ham and Franco Harris.
The ouster of the man affectionately known as "JoePa" brings to an end one of the most storied coaching careers -- not just in college football but in all of sports. Paterno has 409 victories -- a record for major college football -- won two national titles and guided five teams to unbeaten, untied seasons. He reached 300 wins faster than any other coach.
The NCAA is watching developments in the case but will defer to criminal investigators for now.
"As the facts are established through the justice system, we will determine whether association bylaws have been violated and act accordingly," NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement Thursday. "To be clear, civil and criminal law will always take precedence over Association rules."
Emmert, a former University of Washington president, said he has read the grand jury report and finds the alleged assaults appalling.
"As a parent and an educator, the notion that anyone would use a position of trust to prey on children is despicable," he said. "My thoughts and concern go out to the alleged victims and their families."
Earlier this week, before Paterno was fired, Emmert called the allegations "gut wrenching."
Information from ESPN's Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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