Retired PSU Coach Arrested On 40 Counts

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Former Penn State Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky – once thought to be the man likely to succeed Joe Paterno as head coach of the university’s football team – is free on $100,000 bail after being charged in connection with the sexual abuse of eight boys, one age 10.

Sandusky was arrested today on 40 counts in connection with a grand jury investigation that has been on-going for nearly three years.

The 67-year-old Sandusky, who retired from coaching in 1999, allegedly met the boys through their association with an organization called Second Mile, a group Sandusky founded in 1977 for at-risk youth.

A newspaper in Harrisburg is reporting that Penn State’s venerable football coach, Joe Paterno, may testify for the prosecution against his former defensive coordinator.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly, in a prepared statement, described Sandusky as a sexual predator who used his position within the university and the community to prey on young boys.

According to the Attorney General, the misconduct occurred before and after Sandusky retired from his coaching job.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joe Amendola, said late Saturday: “Jerry is very, very depressed. He’s very upset; he’s very distraught about the charges, the allegations, and the knowledge that regardless of whether he eventually proves his guilt or innocence that people are going to think he did this stuff.”

Two current Penn State officials – Athletic Director Tim Curley and Finance Vice President Gary Schultz – have been charged with perjury in connection with the case.

According to investigators, the two allegedly knew of a witness to a reported 2002 sexual assault, but they did not try to seek out the boy involved and essentially did nothing about the report.

Investigators say a graduate student went to Paterno’s home in 2002 to report that he witnessed Sandusky and a boy in a locker room shower. Paterno gave that information to Curley who reportedly investigated, but never went to police with the information – as required by law.

Lawyers for Sandusky, Curley and Schultz all released statements Saturday, saying their clients are innocent.

Penn State President Graham Spanier also said in a prepared statement released Saturday that he fully supports both Curley and Schultz.

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  1. critter says:

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  2. Jan Lennartsen says:

    This is the most rigged smear job the incompetent AG Corbett appointed has undertaken for her keeper, the current governor. She is taking over a case the jury found so little merit to that they had to wait until the end of the period of legal liability and they only did it because they were afraid of any appearance of shielding a possible predator. This is an indictment, which means a court must look into it. It is in no way any attribution of guilt, thati s for a jury to decide after hearing the evidence. Kelley is trying to justify Corbett’s office doing this, one of the late smear efforts by the R’s against Democrats and Republicans who supported Obama[like Paterno and Sandusky] relict from the 2008 general election, because that was when these bogus allegations began. She is trying to ride this issue’s coattails to her own election in the next year, currently she is just an appointee to replace the former AG now governor Corbett. There are only two allegations of any substance, the idiotic nature of most of the supposed “inappropriate touching” being of the nature of the “soap war” inthe shower resulting in incidental genital contact are unworthy of the attention of the law…stupidity is not actionable. These allegations are by the ostensible “Victim #4” who apparently was a member ofthe troubled youth group Sandusky’s charity helped, who traveled with him and his family to bowls and who acted apparently inappropriately to the degree of being kicked out of the trip. His further allegations that Sandusky bought him marijuana and promised him a walkon role on the Lion’s football team are simply not creditable at all…neither he nor Paterno would ever permit such betrayal of their key professional principles. The other allegation came from a supposed graduate assistant, who apparently was not hired on by PSU nor did he get employment inthe profession-or they would have said a coach, not a GA. I predict the cases will be thrown out of court…and justly so.

    1. johnny69 says:

      Justly so? Are the cops THAT stupid?
      Sounds to me like you have them tried and found innocent already. Wonder if you would have felt this way were it a long time Pitt assistant?

    2. Rob says:

      Hey Jan you idiot, that supposed graduate assistant you speak of is his current assistant coach Mike McQueary …..feel dumber now?

  3. Mayor of GBD says:

    WOW, why not go after the Catholic Church wit the same vigor….perjury, failure to report a crime, etc. If they did, there woudln’t be anyone left to perform Mass (brainwashing).

    1. Kala says:

      They did you fool.

    2. GC says:

      A bishop who also serves as vice president of the Duchesne County School Board is facing criminal charges for his alleged failure to report a teenage girl’s disclosure that she’d been sexually assaulted.

      Kansas City’s Catholic bishop has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest’s computer, officials said Friday.

  4. stellablue says:

    What vigor mayor? They let Sandusky do his thing for how many years? Yes,we know what less than 4% of the priests were doing but let`s not distract from what went on at St. Joes University.

  5. racism says:

    why is it we can comment on anyone white being arrested, but if some one black is arrested or 3 people are shot in Homewood the comments are shut off…pretty racist if you ask me…looks like white is the new black in the us

  6. Judy Block-Jones says:

    These victims are extremely brave and to be commended for taking action to expose the truth about being sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. This is not an easy thing to do, but keep in mind silence only hurts, and by speaking up there is a chance for healing, exposing the truth, and therefore protecting others.

    Child predators are very cunning and manipulative. They know every trick on how to groom, threaten, lie, and put the fear of god into their victims and sometimes even their family members.
    They also appear to do a lot of goods things, they can be very charismatic and you may think they would never harm a child. They have to be this way, in order to not get caught and to continue to abuse
    Sexual predators are often powerful, charismatic and well-loved. It would be comforting if those who preyed on the vulnerable were obvious social misfits whose appearance would somehow set off alarm bells and give us ‘the willies’ or ‘the creeps.’ They rarely do. Usually, predators are among the last people we would suspect of sexually violating others. At a party, the predator isn’t some oddball sitting alone in a corner because others feel uncomfortable with him. Most often, the predator is the guy throwing the party.

    We must overcome the dangerous myth that because someone is successful or warm or caring, he or she “couldn’t have done that!”
    Let’s hope that anyone, who has witnessed, suspected or may have been harmed by Sandusky, will find the courage and strength to speak up, and contact law enforcement or prosecutors.

    It is sad that coaches are put on such a high pedestal, and Sandusky was able to use his power and clout to sexually abuse vulnerable children. Hopefully he will be kept far away from kids forever, and those who enabled and covered up his crimes will be held accountable also.

    Children who are sexually abused cause life long damage which they never deserved. Kids are to be cherished and protected.

    Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA 636-433-2511
    snapjudy@gmail.com
    “Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests” and all clergy.
    http://www.snapnetwork.org/

  7. cmaglaughlin says:

    After reading the actual Grand Jury presentment, about 23 pages, I’m convinced beyond any shadow of a doubt that all parties(except the victims) are GUILTY as hell! I was reading some comments on a USA Today site, and they were bordering on moronic! Just read the presentment, about 15 minutes of your time, and you’ll not commit intellectual suicide like one commenter did…” 10 year-old kid was at fault for showering in front of Sandusky”! The key to whether Paterno should bear any fault is this…Sandusky was already retired when Paterno became aware, BUT, Sandusky had free reign to move in and out of school facilities on Paterno’s watch with all the perks and privileges of a current employee. Paterno suffered moral brain freeze not blowing the whistle on Sandusky to legal authorities! Joe…just telling school authorities a much watered down version(“fooling around”) of what you were told by a grad assistant(“Sandusky performed anal sex on a child in the school’s shower”) makes you just a sad footnote to your distinguished career. When it comes to protecting kids, go the EXTRA mile!!! http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/press.aspx?id=6270

  8. Simon says:

    Two facts from this case sound more like an SNL parody news skit: #1) “In 1999, he retired to devote more time to The Second Mile. Two years later, his autobiography, ‘TOUCHED: THE JERRY SANDUSKY STORY,’ was published.” #2) On the PSU campus, the Berkey Creamery named a Banana Flavored Ice Cream with Chocolate Covered Peanuts and Caramel Swirl, “THE SANDUSKY BLITZ.” Seriously sick but true. Another unrefutable truth is that REGARDLESS OF LEGALITIES: Paterno and PSU university officials are responsible for the continued abuse of those boys by covering up for Sandusky. They chose to put PSU’s image over human decency. Period.

  9. Jefferson Samolet says:

    Oh noes! How does this affect the team?!?!?

    /irony

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