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Scandal Hits Penn State

Gerald A. Sandusky, a former Penn State University football coach, has been accused of assault on minor male children.

Sandusky was the defense coordinator for the university football team, and coached for 32 years. In 1977, he started the organization that would eventually be the end of his social standing, “The Second Mile.”

The Grand Jury Report on this case noted “[The Second Mile] began as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys. It grew into a charity helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.” The Second Mile program had Sandusky interacting with many boys.

The scandal hit home when a 28-year-old graduate student saw Sandusky and a person identified only as “second victim” in a Lasch Football Building shower together. The graduate assistant contacted his father, who told him to come straight home.

It was reported that the next day the graduate assistant and his father contacted Joe Paterno, head football coach at Penn State. When at Paterno’s home, the graduate assistant had told him what he had seen. Paterno then called Tim Curley, the Athletic Director of Penn State.

A total of eight victims testified in the case against Sandusky, as well as many witnesses, with different stories describing Sandusky’s inappropriate behavior. Oddly enough, that is not the thing that has everyone astonished. It seems the university president, Graham Spanier denied ever being told by Curley and Gary Schultz, the vice president of finance and business, that Sandusky’s actions were sexual in any way.

In a report from CBS News, “The charges against [Sandusky] cover the period from 1994 to 2009.” The standing of Sandusky is yet to be determined.

Below is a link to “The grand jury report in Penn State child sex case” first posted by Action News 6 on ABC.  A warning- the indictment may be difficult to read.


Breaking News: As of Nov. 8, many media outlets have confirmed that Paterno may retire within days or weeks. This decision was made by Penn State’s board of trustees. There will be more to come.

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