“Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story,” released in 2000, tells the story of the long-time Penn State University defensive coordinator’s life in his own words. In hindsight, the unfortunately titled autobiography may have been a clue that there were two sides to the celebrated football legend.
Sandusky, who retired from the place he helped build into “Linebacker U.” after 32 years the 1999 season, devoted most of his life to The Second Mile, a charity he began in 1977. Attorney General Linda Kelly called Sandusky “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,” according to WTOP.
The indictment, handed down by the state’s attorney general, followed a three-year investigation that began in 2009 after a teenage boy told authorities that Sandusky touched him inappropriately “several times over a four-year period,” according to Pennlive.com.
The offense dates include 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2002 and 2005.
Among the revelations contained within, Sandusky was caught engaging in oral sex with one young victim in the locker room shower, and anal sex with another young victim a witness described as 10 years old another time. Sandusky often plied his victims with gifts and trips.
State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan (former chief of investigations at the attorney general’s office) weighed in with a sobering thought: “I don’t think I’ve ever been associated with a case where that type of eyewitness identification of sex acts taking place where the police weren’t called.”
That then-unnamed graduate assistant has been identified as current wide receivers coach Mike McQueary. In the presentment, jurors wrote that McQueary—identified in the presentment only as a 28-year-old graduate assistant—was credible but Schultz and Curley were not. Several sources have identified that witness as McQueary,” according to PennLive.
Additionally, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz were charged with perjury and failure to report in an investigation. Both men resigned on Sunday following an emergency meeting of the Penn State Board of Trustees.
Curley and Schultz on Monday appeared in a Harrisburg courtroom. A judge set bail at $75,000. Neither entered a plea, but both had to surrender their passports.
The only missing element here is when legendary head coach Joe Paterno found out, what he did to report it, whether he confronted his long-time assistant and friend and whether he will be tarnished by this legacy. According to the police report (linked above), Paterno found out in 2002, after a graduate assistant who witnessed Sandusky and a young boy in the showers came by to inform the coach about what transpired. Prosecutors say Paterno told Curley, the athletic director. But prosecutors declined to say what happened next and whether Paterno really cared about justice in the case.
Paterno, in a statement, said in his defense he didn’t know specifics: “As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.”
Over at The Big Lead on Monday, Tyler Duffy explained why JoePa should resign his position as head coach of the Nittany Lions: “Joe Paterno should resign. He should resign because, in the leadership vacuum that is Penn State University, he’s the only person with the gravitas to fire himself. Facing the most important trial of his professional career, the man supposed to embody courage, dignity and nobility showed weakness. His irresponsibility may have led to the harm of innocent children. His failure, for someone who places himself in a position of authority, is inexcusable.”
Still, with all of this horrific allegations, this typo is not not funny (via Deadspin):
And amazingly, as National Lampoon pointed out, this still exists at pennstate.scout.com (update: the page has now been taken down, but here’s a screen shot).
The caption beneath the picture is just…wow.