Jerry Sandusky

Jerry Sandusky: Players

July 29 2013: The main players in the Penn State child-sex abuse scandal involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. After two days of testimony, a judge determined Tuesday there was enough evidence for the case against three former top administrators to proceed to trial.

Jerry Sandusky: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, convicted of molesting 10 boys over 15 years.

Background: Arrested in November 2011 after a long investigation by a statewide grand jury. He had been a successful defensive coach for the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his fame in the community and his charity to attract victims.

Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, child endangerment.
Status: Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, effectively a life term.

Joe Paterno: Longtime football coach and was told by McQueary in 2001 that he saw Sandusky and a boy in a shower on campus and, in turn, told Curley and Schultz.

Background: Penn State’s head coach from 1966 through 2011 and major college football’s winningest coach when he retired, Paterno offered to resign at the end of the 2011 season, but trustees ousted him for “failure of leadership” surrounding allegations about Sandusky. He died of lung cancer in January 2012. Freeh said Paterno “was an integral part of this active decision to conceal” the abuse and that his firing was justified.

The NCAA has since vacated 111 of Paterno’s 409 career wins as part of a package of scandal-related sanctions against the football team and university. Paterno’s family continues to maintain that he didn’t know Sandusky was a pedophile and didn’t cover up anything.

 Player Gary Schultz 2013 photo / AP Gary Schultz: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now retired.

Background: Schultz told the grand jury that Paterno and McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident “in a very general way” but did not provide details. He said he believed Sandusky and the boy were “horsing around” but that no criminal activity occurred.

Charges: Perjury, child endangerment, conspiracy, obstruction, failure to report suspected child abuse. He denies the allegations.

 Player Graham Spanier 2013 Graham Spanier: Penn State’s longtime president, he was forced out by university trustees after Sandusky’s arrest but remains a tenured faculty member currently on administrative leave.

Background: An investigation led by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh concluded that Spanier failed in his duties as president by not informing trustees about the allegations against Sandusky or the subsequent grand jury probe. Spanier told investigators he wasn’t notified of any criminal behavior by Sandusky during his 16 years as president.

Spanier initiated a lawsuit this month against Freeh. Legal paperwork filed in Centre County, where Penn State is located, disclosed little about the nature of his claims but a box was checked off on a court system form that described the case as “slander/libel/defamation.”

Charges: Perjury, child endangerment, conspiracy, obstruction, failure to report suspected child abuse. He denies the allegations.

 Player Tim Curley 2013 Tim Curley: Penn State’s athletic director, on leave to complete the last year of his contract. Background: Curley fielded McQueary’s complaint about Sandusky in a team shower with a boy in early 2001 and told a grand jury he instructed Sandusky not to be inside university athletic facilities with any young people but said he did not think that anything criminal had occurred.
Charges: Child endangerment, conspiracy, obstruction. He denies the allegations.
Player Mike McQueary 2013 Mike McQueary: Since-fired assistant football coach. He was a graduate assistant in 2001 when he says he witnessed Sandusky pressing himself against a boy in a team shower. McQueary took his complaint to coach Joe Paterno, who alerted university administrators.

Background: He testified at Sandusky’s trial that he had “no doubt” Sandusky was molesting the boy. He has since filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the university, claiming he lost his $140,000-a-year job and was defamed by administrators.

Latest testimony: The star witness at the hearing for the three officials accused of a cover-up, McQueary testified that Paterno told him “Old Main screwed up”- referring to university administrators – in its response to the scandal and warned McQueary that the school would try to make him a scapegoat.

Player Louis Freeh Louis Freeh: Leader of an investigative team tasked with determining how the abuse occurred and recommending changes, as well as reviewing Penn State’s handling of sex crimes and misconduct accusations.

Background: A former federal judge who spent eight years as director of the FBI, Freeh was hired by Penn State’s board of trustees in June 2012. His firm produced a 267-page report that said Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz, in order to avoid negative publicity for the school, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” and “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

Player Tom Corbett Tom Corbett: Now the governor of Pennsylvania, he was attorney general when the investigation into Sandusky was launched.

Background: Corbett is an ex-officio member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, although he did not actively participate until after Sandusky was charged.

 Judge John Cleland - Judge John Cleland: Described by local lawyers as one of the best judges in the state, Judge Cleland, with his reputation for fairness and a calm, controlled demeanor, is the judge hearing the case. If anyone can keep the trial from devolving into a circus, Judge Cleland can.
Player Joe Amendola 2013 Joe Amendola: The defense attorney representing Jerry Sandusky, who, like his client, reportedly has had sexual encounters with a minor. In Amendola’s case, The Daily reported that he impregnated a 17-year-old former client.
Karl Rominger: Another member of Sandusky’s legal team, who infamously stated that part of working with underprivileged children is teaching them hygiene by showering with them.
Joe McGettigan: The prosecuting attorney is known for his feisty, fast-talking courtroom style and aggressive approach. He’s frequently seen walking into court with his sunglasses on and always lights up a cigarette the moment he leaves the courthouse.

This section contains information from Joann Loviglio’s story for the Associated Press The cast of characters in the Penn State scandal

Source: AP

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Victim 1: Victim one tearfully testified that Jerry Sandusky kissed, fondled and performed oral sex on him when he was elementary school aged. Most of the acts took place at Sandusky’s home, he testified, where Sandusky would tell Victim 1 it was his “turn” to perform oral sex acts. These “sleepovers” at Sandusky’s house eventually caused behavioral problems for the boy. Sandusky faces six felony charges related to Victim 1, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with juvenile, indecent contact with juvenile, compelling juvenile to perform oral sex upon him, corrupting the morals of this minor and endangering the welfare of Victim 1.
Victim 2: Victim 2 was also allegedly under the age of 16 at the time of the sexual offenses against him. Jerry Sandusky is accused of five offenses involving Victim 2, namely, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a juvenile, indecent assault upon a juvenile, unlawful contact with a minor, corrupting the morals of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Victim 3: The third alleged victim, a ten year-old-when he met Sandusky, testified that he felt like Sandusky was a member of the family. As a child he didn’t report incidents of Sandusky sharing a bed with him because he trusted him. “He was like a father to me,” he testified in an emotional hearing. He testified that Sandusky would tickle him, wrestle in bed and touch his penis, but that there was no oral sex. Prosecutors are alleging that Sandusky committed four acts of sexual assault against Victim 3, including indecent assault against a minor, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Victim 4: Victim 4’s testimony was among the most chilling accounts. According to his statements, Sandusky began making sexual advances toward him when he was 13 years old. What started as horseplay in the showers after football practice turned into penetrative sexual encounters, oral and anal rape three times a week for three years. Sandusky is looking at eight felony charges for his conduct with Victim 4, which would certainly land him in prison for life. Offenses Jerry Sandusky allegedly committed against Victim 4 include involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a juvenile, compelling a juvenile to perform oral sex upon him, aggravated indecent assault against a juvenile by penetrating Victim 4′s anus, indecent contact, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Victim 5: Victim 5 was a ten-year-old when, he alleges, Jerry Sandusky exposed himself to the boy and forced him to touch Sandusky’s penis in the showers after football practice. The four felony charges against Victim 5 include indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Victim 6: Although Victim 6’s mother reported to police that Jerry Sandusky showered with her son in 1998, Sandusky’s sexual relationship with this witness allegedly continued until 2010. Victim 6 testified that Sandusky would come up behind him, hug him tightly and say, “I’m going to squeeze your guts out.” Jerry Sandusky allegedly committed four felony counts against Victim 6 including indecent assault, unlawful contact, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of minor.
Victim 7: Victim 7 testified that when he was 10 years old, Jerry Sandusky often showered with him and invited him to sleepovers at his house. Sandusky would touch his nipples and under his shorts, the witness testified. Sandusky showered him with gifts, including 14 years of tickets to Penn State football games, and to continue those rewards, Victim 7 kept quiet. Victim 7 even cited Sandusky in his college applications as an adult who had impacted his life in a positive way. Jerry Sandusky faces four felony counts against Victim 7, including criminal attempt to commit indecent assault, unlawful contact, corruption a of minor and endangering the welfare of minor.
Victim 8: Victim 8 is the mystery witness. Prosecutors have not been able to identify this person, however, a few witnesses have testified that they observed illicit conduct between Sandusky and this unknown boy. Jerry Sandusky faces five felony counts against Victim 8, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a juvenile by performing oral sex on Victim 8, unlawful contact with the minor, indecent assault upon a minor, corruption of a minor and endangering the welfare of a minor.
Victim 9: Victim 9 told a shocked courtroom that when he was a child being sexually assaulted in the basement of the Sandusky home, he once screamed so Dottie Sandusky, Jerry’s wife, could hear. There was no response. The basement was soundproof. Victim 9 said he was anally raped by Sandusky several times and that he never spoke out because Sandusky was an important man in the community. “Who’s going to believe a kid?” he asked. Jerry Sandusky faces five felony counts against Victim 9 and one misdemeanor count, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors and endangering welfare of children.Interestingly, Victim 9 is the only alleged victim who testified that the sexual contact was forced. He also mentioned a luxury car apparently belonging to Sandusky that no one had ever heard of or seen before. Of the testifying witnesses, his is the only testimony that appears to deviate from the patterns established by the other alleged victims.
Victim 10: Victim 10 recalled under oath in a quiet, almost emotionless monotone, that Sandusky would pin him down in the showers, performing oral sex on him, and then would threaten him that he would never see his family again if he told anyone. Jerry Sandusky faces five felony counts against Victim 9 and one misdemeanor count, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors and endangering welfare of children.


Eight of the 12 jurors for Jerry Sandusky’s trial on child sex abuse charges have either direct or indirect ties to Penn State, where Sandusky once coached under the late Joe Paterno.

The sex abuse scandal led to Paterno’s firing in November, as well as the ousting of Graham Spanier, then the university president. Here’s a look at the jurors who have ties to Penn State.

Juror 1: Older woman who works at Walmart.
Juror 2: A 24-year-old man who’s going to attend the Pennsylvania College of Technology, which is an affiliate of Penn State, in the fall. His father works at Penn State and has run the Office of Physical Plant for longer than he’s been alive — 30 years.
Juror 3:A middle-age woman who has had season tickets to Penn State home football games since the 1970s. Her husband is a physician in the same medical group where John McQueary Sr. works.

Juror 4: A State College engineer who’s maxed out on the Sandusky case.
Juror 5: A male teacher at a local high school who received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Penn State.
Juror 6: A young woman who works at a place that rents apartments to college students.
Juror 7: A Penn State student who’s from Centre County. He works for the university’s athletic department and knows a relative of alleged victim 6 through a friend of a friend. He has a cousin who played football for Joe Paterno several years ago, but well after Sandusky had retired. He also knows prosecution witness Steve Turchetta, an administrator at Central Mountain High School. Prosecutors say Turchetta received a report about a boy at the school being abused by Sandusky.
Juror 8: A retired soil science professor at Penn State.
Juror 9: A 17-year school bus driver.
Juror 10: A woman in her 50s who’s working as an administrative assistant in an academic department at Penn State. She’s one of several who depend on a paycheck from Penn State.
Juror 11: A mother in her 30s who believes from experiences wi her 6-year-old son that kids don’t always tell the truth. She’s a part-time dance instructor for a continuing education program at Penn State and her husband works there, too, in a transportation research institute.
Juror 12: A female professor who’s taught at the university for 24 years. She didn’t want to say which department she teaches for. She also knows Graham Spanier professionally after serving on a committee with him for several years.

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