May no act of ours bring shame. ~ Common refrain of Penn State
Sandusky, who maintains he is innocent, has been charged with 40 criminal counts, accusing him of molesting eight young boys between 1994 and 2009. Two PSU administrators who have since stepped aside have also been charged with failing to notify authorities of a 2002 incident reported by an eyewitness.
There are now rumors that many knew about Sandusky’s crimes and did nothing. If true, they won’t be able to charge all the people who didn’t report the cases.
Rush reported that a local cafe had a “Sandusky Sundae” which referred to his homosexuality, not his alleged pedophilia. It was removed from the menu on Monday.
Sandusky might have “pimped out” boys, according to Pittsburgh radio personality Mark Madden. He is the only one saying this at this point, but he claims there are many rumors that everyone knew about Sandusky.
Madden stated that two “prominent columnists” are currently investigating a rumor that Jerry Sandusky’s Second Mile Foundation, a non-profit organization aimed to serve underprivileged youths, was “pimping out young boys to rich (Penn State) donors.” Madden went on to say that Jerry Sandusky was told by those running the show at Penn State football that Sandusky had to retire after allegations made in 1998 that the defensive coordinator was guilty of “improper conduct with an underage male.” Sandusky, thought by some to be Joe Paterno’s successor at the time, abruptly and somewhat shockingly retired from coaching in 1999.
Madden believes that “When Sandusky quit, everybody knew; not just at Penn State. It was a very poorly kept secret around college football, in general. That is why he never coached in college football again and retired at the relatively young age of 55, young for a coach.” Madden also called the Second Mile Foundation “the perfect cover” for Sandusky’s scheme.
Madden said he abhors coming out with rumors but made an exception in this case.
“I normally abhor giving RUMORS credence,” Madden wrote via Twitter. “But whole Sandusky scandal started out as a RUMOR. It gets deeper and more disgusting all the time. One of state’s top columnists investigating. That adds credence. I am NOT rumor’s original source. [Why does] Sandusky deserve benefit of doubt?”
According to the Post-Gazette, rumors began circulating in recent years around campus about Sandusky’s conduct.
“There were always rumors and stuff,” Penn State junior Evon Onusic told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “You know how people talk. That’s State College, though. We’ve got a lot of politics.”
Another State College resident, Neil Christy, 68, said the news about Sandusky was hard to believe.
“There were rumors for a couple years,” Christy told the Post-Gazette. “But nobody wanted to believe. Sandusky has done so much good.”
Allegations against Sandusky go back to 1994.
DA Ray Gricar who disappeared in 2005 was given the Sandusky case in 1998 and never pursued it. Gricar’s body was never found. There is no indication as to why he did not pursue the Sandusky case and there is no evidence that his disappearance is tied to Sandusky. Chances are that Gricar didn’t pursue because he didn’t get cooperation – just my guess.
Meanwhile, the ibtimes reports on the timeline and the many other people who did not pursue the Sandusky case. One incident of showering with a pre-teen was investigated by police and during the interview Sandusky admitted to showering with the pre-teen and promised not to do it again.
Be forewarned, this is upsetting. The timeline from ibtimes –
1977 — Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile, a state-wide non-profit foundation established to help at-risk youth. The organization’s web site describes it as a place to “promote self-confidence as well as physical, academic, and personal success.”
1994-1997 — Sandusky allegedly uses The Second Mile grounds to engage in “inappropriate conduct” with three different boys he met separately through the program. One boy was 7 or 8, the second was 10, and the third was between 12 and 13. According to the grand jury report, the three boys, now grown, say Sandusky’s behavior ranged from touching to overt sexual come-ons and sexual assault. Several incidents reportedly took place during home games for Penn State football, when the team, staff and the boys were all staying at a nearby hotel.
1998 — First police involvement. Penn State police and the Penn. Department of Public Warfare are contacted by the mother of an 11-year-old boy, who says Sandusky showered with her son and may have had inappropriate contact with him.
June 1, 1998 — In an interview with investigators, Sandusky admits showering naked with the pre-teen. He admits that it was wrong, and promises not to do it again. No charges are filed, and the university police chief instructs that the case be closed.
1999 — Sandusky retires from Penn State after coaching for 32 years. he remains a volunteer, and retains full access to the campus, football facilities, and The Second Mile camp grounds.
2000 — Sandusky showers with a young boy and tries to touch his genitals during overnight stays at the coach’s house, according to the now 24-year-old man’s testimony to the grand jury.
2000 — First eyewitness report. Tim Calhoun, a janitor at the Lasch Football Building on Penn State’s campus, tells another janitor and his supervisor that he saw Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy. The incident goes unreported.
2000 — Second eyewitness report. Another janitor sees Sandusky and a boy leave the shower room together and walk out of the building hand in hand, according to the grand jury report. No one reports the incident to university officials or law enforcement.
March 2, 2002 — A graduate assistant allegedly tells Coach Joe Paterno that he saw Sandusky in the locker room shower on Mar. 1 with a young boy. The retired defense coordinator was engaging in anal sex with the boy, believed to be no more than 10 years old.
March 3, 2002 — Paterno reports the incident to Athletic Director Tim Curley. Paterno tells Curley the grad student had seen Sandusky “fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy.” The graduate assistant is called to a meeting with Curley and Schultz.
March 3, 2002 — The assistant, according to the grand jury report, sticks by his story, saying he saw Sandusky having anal sex with the young boy. Schultz, 62, and Curley, 57, told the grand jury they could not remember the details of the meeting. Schultz said Sandusky “might have inappropriately grabbed the young boy’s genitals during wrestling,” and Curley said he was under the impression, like Schultz, that the affair involved little more than “horsing around.”
March, 2002 — Sandusky’s locker room keys are confiscated, and he is told not to bring his Second Mile participants to campus. The incident is not reported to police, and no official investigation is launched.
March, 2002 — The Second Mile learns of the shower incident through Penn State. Curley tells them that “the information had been internally reviewed, and that there was no finding of wrongdoing.”
2005 or 2006 — Sandusky allegedly befriends and molests another Second-Mile participant. These allegation will form the foundation of the multi-year grand jury investigation about to launch.
2006 or 2007 –Fourth known eyewitness report. A wrestling coach at a high school where Sandusky volunteers surprises the former coach and a young boy. The two are allegedly “lying on their sides, in physical contact, face to face on a mat.” Sandusky jumps to feet, telling the coach the two were practicing wrestling moves, which seemed believable. Later, according to the wrestling coach’s testimony, Sandusky begins to spend more time with the boy, taking him to sporting events and giving him gifts like a computer, golf clubs, clothing and cash. Sandusky allegedly performs oral sex on the boy over 20 times, and boy performs oral sex on Sandusky at least once, according to grand jury reports.
2008 — The boy breaks off contact with Sandusky, and his mother calls the high school to report her son has been sexually assaulted. The principal, Steven Turchetta, bars Sandusky from campus and reports the incident to police, calling Sandusky “clingy” and “needy” around the boy. The resulting investigation into the sex abuse claims reveals 118 calls from Sandusky’s home phone and cell phone to the boy’s home number.
November 2008 — Sandusky informs The Second Mile that he is under investigation. He is removed from all program activities involving children.
September 2010 — Sandusky retires from The Second Mile.
Nov. 4, 2011 — The grand jury report is released.
Nov. 5, 2011 — Authorities arrest Sandusky. He is charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and numerous other charges, including aggravated indecent assault, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of a child. He is charged with 40 counts in all, 21 of them felonies. Punishment for each of the felonies ranges from seven to 20 years in prison and $15,000-$25,000 in fines. For the 19 misdemeanors, convictions earn two to five years’ imprisonment and $5,000-$10,000 in fines.
Nov. 5, 2011 — Sandusky is freed on $100,000 unsecured bail. Curley and Schultz are each charged with one count of felony perjury for lying to grand jury investigators, and one count of failure to report abuse allegations. They plead not guilty.
Nov. 6, 2011 — Curley is granted administrative leave to deal with the charges, while Schultz retires.
Nov. 6, 2011 — Paterno releases a statement calling the charges shocking. “If this is true, we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families.” Paterno is questioned about the allegations, since 20 of the charges agaisnt Sandusky to date occured while he was Paterno’s defense coordinator at Penn State.
Nov. 7, 2011 — More begin to step forward. “There were whispers about it,” Alex Ricker, a former Penn State student who has worked several Second Mile camps, told USA Today. “But when it came out, I don’t think anybody expected that big of a hit or that serious of an indictment, as well as that many charges.”
Nov. 7, 2011 — Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the sexual abuse investigation involving his former assistant coach, despite noting his responsibility to report the incidents to law enforcement.
Nov. 7, 2011 — “I understand that people are upset and angry, but let’s be fair and let the legal process unfold,” Paterno says in a statement. “In the meantime, I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are.”
The horrendous details in the Grand Jury report are here.