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Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Posted on: November 4, 2011 7:06 pm
Edited on: November 4, 2011 7:11 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's taken over two years, but a federal grand jury investigation into legendary Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has concluded -- and the 67-year-old coach now faces 40 charges of sex crimes against minors, according to the Patriot-News. And while Sandusky hasn't been a coach at PSU since the end of the 1999 season, the allegations he faces go back as far as 1996.

Sandusky first went in front of the grand jury back in late March of this year, and he wasn't the only one involved with Penn State to come in for questioning; no less than Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, and retired PSU VP Gary Schultz also testified before the grand jury, though it's not known exactly what they told investigators or how germane their testimony was to the cases at hand.

Here's more from the Patriot-News about the nature of the charges against Sandusky:

The charges follow a more-than two year grand jury investigation that began when a Clinton County teen alleged inappropriate contact against the 67-year-old former coach.

During the investigation, older allegations from 1998 surfaced as well. In the older case, Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower.

All in all, the 40 charges include corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children, various indecent assault charges on persons under 16 (and sometimes 13), and involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a person under 16. Although the alleged offenses don't have specific dates attached to them -- all but one are listed for January 1 -- they go back as far as 1995, according to court records. The other alleged dates of offense stretch as late as 2005, with other alleged offenses interspersed liberally in the 10-year period.

Obviously, Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty, and until that time it would be unfair to him and his family to start casting aspersions against him for what are very serious and disturbing allegations. The fact that this investigation has progressed this far, however, does not bode well for the man once thought to be Penn State's head-coach-in-waiting -- or for the children's charity, The Second Mile, that Sandusky had been involved in since 1977 before stepping down last year.

From a college football standpoint, it's going to be extremely interesting to see if Penn State had any knowledge of Sandusky's alleged transgressions, or if allegations and accusations had made their way to the PSU athletic department while Sandusky was still an employee there. One would hope not, of course, and until specific evidence arises suggesting that, Joe Paterno's legacy shouldn't be in any way tarnished by the news about Sandusky.

That all said, it's now true that for nearly five years, Penn State was employing a man who was allegedly committing indecent assaults on children, so questions absolutely must be asked about what the athletic department knew and when. To suggest otherwise is to put politics ahead of concern for abused children.


Since: Sep 17, 2009
Posted on: November 7, 2011 8:39 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes


If you had done just a bit more reading or watching the news related to this story, you will find that not only did Joe Pa know about at least one incident, the Penn State AD and others did indeed lie to the grand jury investigating these incidents.

Penn State needs to have a major housecleaning starting right now.  Joe Pa learned of one incident which took place in the Penn State locker room showers, says he reperted it to university officials and nothing was done about it.  Joe Pa allegedly knew this in 2002.

Now lets see, what was taking place in 2002, oh yeah, Joe Pa and Bobby Bowden were in the midst of battle to see who would be the winningest coach in major college football.  Joe Pa was also struggling to keep cpntrol of the Nittany Lion program when many were saying that the game had passed him by.

Not only should Joe Pa be fired, but the entire athletic department administration seems to have had some level of involvement.  covering this up is akin to the Catholic Church trying to cover up its own stories of men in positions of authority having sexual relations with boys.

Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 7, 2011 5:12 am
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Since: Nov 13, 2006
Posted on: November 6, 2011 9:52 pm

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

This story is very, very disturbing.  It's really very disturbing.

The victims are the only people who matter in this scenario.  Not Sandusky, JoePa, Tim Curley or anyone else at PSU. 

Only the victims. 

Since: Dec 1, 2007
Posted on: November 6, 2011 8:16 pm


If your job is to build up kids that have a tough life and you try to have sex with young men that is beyond incomprehensible.  What a loser.  I am sure he would not do well in prison, but some guys in there will take care of him.

Since: Sep 28, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:51 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Looks like the Big 10 is the perfect place for Notre Dame after all.  They have a lot more in common than any of us realized...

Since: Feb 12, 2011
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:43 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

"Inappropriate touching in a shower?"   That sort of implies boys doesn't it?

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 9:33 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

You are a fool,

 no one would cover up for this guy, come on,

Since: Aug 12, 2007
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:46 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Blame it on Viagra, that old SOB should be castrated, or send him to Penn's worst prison with all of those charges against young boys. He won't be able to sit down for a long time haha. What a shame!

Since: Dec 29, 2009
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:34 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Look, to you idiots that think the writer is some how trying to push that Peterno knew anything, you are a fool.  He's talking to other fools on the spectrum that will automatically think this somehow ruins Peterno.. and he, the writer, is saying... wait a minute.. let's wait and see what happens.. he's not trying to cast a cloud of controversy, he's trying make sure that people know that Joe Pa hasn't, as of yet, been proven to know anything.  Now, if it comes out he DID, then he's certainly got a lot to answer for.  It's so simple you idiots should be able to see that, but somehow you're 7yo minds just made things up that are not there.  He wrote all that so people knew he wasn't implying that.. and still somehow you morons got there anyway.  Reading comprehendsion is certainly not your strong suit..

Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: November 5, 2011 8:14 am

Former PSU coach Sandusky indicted for sex crimes

Wow.  I've said it once and I'll say it again... CBS has become to college sports and the SEC as to what FOXNEWS is to politics and the GOP.

I was okay with this entire story until the last paragraph or so when they do their best to infer a "bigger story" is lurking and that somehow Penn State knows and is hiding it.  The feigned attempt at mentioning "putting politics ahead of the concern of abused children" was actually the ridiculous cherry-on-top.

Sadly, this jag-off never even bothers to offer the reader actual details on the story - like how did he get in the shower with little kids???

Nope.  CBS watches a gazillion SEC transgressions happen daily and brushes them under the carpet yet whenever another conference has even any potential negative news it stays on the docket for months (see $6K in OSU tattoos traded for their own clothing versus $200K in Cam Newton payments).  

I guess I will close with... I hope that TV contract is worth your dignity and self-respect (although I doubt you have either).  Good luck in hell.   

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