Lowlights from Day 2 of Sandusky trial

Posted: June 14, 2012

FOR THE second straight headline-filled day, there was bombshell news outside the courtroom where former Penn State football assistant Jerry Sandusky is on trial, as well as inside.

Here are the lowlights:

An explosive new report suggested that the institutional cover-up of Sandusky's alleged child-sex crimes at the highest levels of Penn State's administration ran deeper than previously believed.

Pittsburgh station KDKA reported Monday that Penn State's former vice president, Gary Schultz, already facing perjury charges, kept a secret file with details of the allegations against the former top aide to late football legend Joe Paterno.

The report said that there was widespread knowledge among top campus officials about the alleged 2001 rape of a young boy by Sandusky in a Penn State shower and that a document filed Monday by state prosecutors alleges that "Schultz told so many lies in his grand-jury testimony that it was impossible to respond to each and every one of them."

The new allegations come one day after "NBC News" reported that Schultz's boss, since-ousted PSU president Graham Spanier, claimed in emails that it was "humane" not to go to authorities with child-sex allegations against the former coach.

Inside the courtroom, testimony raised new questions about how the Sandusky investigation was initially handled by then-attorney general and now Gov. Tom Corbett. According to the Harrisburg Patriot-News, a caseworker testified that State Police wanted to immediately arrest Sandusky and charge him with indecent assault in 2008, after the first allegations were lodged, involving so-called "Victim 1." Instead, prosecutors embarked on the three-year probe that finally ended last fall with charges against the ex-coach for molesting at least 10 young boys.

Football star LaVar Arrington, who excelled as a linebacker under Sandusky at Penn State and later in the NFL, wrote an opinion piece in the Washington Post in which he apologized to "Victim 4," who testified Monday, writing that he knew the boy in Happy Valley in the 1990s and is now racked with guilt that he hadn't done more for him.

Arrington wrote that "it's mind-blowing to realize that a kid I took an active interest in during my time at school was suffering right in front of me and I had no idea that the pain allegedly came from someone in my own football program."

A former Penn State assistant coach who was a central figure in Paterno's downfall testified Tuesday that he heard "skin-on-skin slapping sounds" in a campus locker room one night in 2001 and saw something that was "more than my brain could handle."

Sandusky was standing naked in the showers behind a boy, slowly moving his hips, Mike McQueary told the jury. He said he had no doubt that he was witnessing anal sex and testified that he slammed his locker loudly as if to say, "Someone's here! Break it up!"

— Daily News staff and wire reports

We invite you to comment on this story by clicking here. Comments will be moderated.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|