October 11, 2012 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - At 10:31 a.m. Tuesday, the large, flat-screen TV on the first floor of Penn State's student center flashed with a red breaking-news update. The TV was streaming CNN all morning. Twelve miles away, Jerry Sandusky, the former assistant football coach who was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys in a scandal that rattled this campus, was about to hear his fate. But here, in the HUB-Robeson Center, only 11 students sat facing the TV to hear the sentence. One of the students was napping.
October 10, 2012 |
The only sentence that would have felt right was impossible: to go back in time somehow and put Jerry Sandusky away the very first time he molested a child. Once you accept that, it really didn't matter whether Judge John Cleland delivered a sentence of 30 years or 300 years for the 68-year-old rapist. It matters only that Sandusky dies in prison and never has access to another child. Cleland's sentence - 30 to 60 years - accomplishes that. It was a pragmatic ruling on an emotional issue, a sentence crafted for the minds of a possible appeals court rather than the hearts of the angry masses.
June 22, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The clearest portrait of Jerry Sandusky to emerge during his trial may have been the one hardly anybody saw. It was lunchtime Monday, the defense was beginning to present its case, and the proceedings had broken for lunch. The jury had been led out of the courtroom. The attorneys were gone. All but a handful of the roughly 180 spectators and reporters had departed. That's when a few stragglers still in the courthouse annex, watching the closed-circuit TV feed from the courtroom, noticed a curious scene: Sandusky was sitting all alone at the defense table.
July 14, 2012 |
In May 1998, Gary Schultz scribbled two words that in hindsight look chilling. "Other children?" he wrote. Then a senior vice president at Pennsylvania State University, Schultz was reviewing a campus police report that assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had showered alone with a young boy in the team locker room. Even in the best light, Schultz concluded, the conduct was inappropriate. At worst, it was child sex abuse, and maybe not the first time. "Is this opening of Pandora's box?"
December 17, 2013 |
Almost five months after three former high-ranking Pennsylvania State University officials were ordered to stand trial on charges of covering up evidence that coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children, they are scheduled to return to a Harrisburg courtroom Tuesday for a hearing that could shape the outcome of the case. The purpose of the hearing has been shrouded in secrecy - the official court docket doesn't specify the nature of the proceeding, and state prosecutors say only that it pertains to sealed grand jury information.
June 13, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — He is alleged victim No. 4, named in the courtroom but not here. Twenty-eight years old, he wore a white shirt and dark tie. He was on the witness stand for nearly four hours. During breaks, he would cover his mouth, scratch behind his ear, knit and unknit his fingers, fidgeting, but his testimony was firm and unshaken. He buried Jerry Sandusky. Before the witness began, defense attorney Joseph Amendola pleaded with the jury to keep an open mind because he knew what was coming.
June 13, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - One by one, the photos of eight boys flashed onto the courtroom viewing screen, blond and dark haired, dressed in T-shirts or long-sleeved flannels, alike only in their youth and their smiles. All but one shot was in color, the lone black-and-white the picture of a boy who spent so many years in foster care that he eventually aged out of the system, never having gotten a good color photo of himself. Jerry Sandusky, a former Pennsylvania State University football coach on trial here on charges of sexually abusing those children, didn't look at the faces on the screen.
November 6, 2011 |
Jerry Sandusky grew up as an only child in an apartment over the Brownson House in Washington, Pa., a youth athletic center that also served as a second home for many local children. Two decades later, while a linebacker coach at Pennsylvania State University, he founded his own home for wayward boys, calling it the Second Mile. The charity's name came from the collection of moral lessons from Jesus' Sermon on the Mount, specifically from Matthew 5:41: "And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. " The state Attorney General's Office on Saturday charged Sandusky, 67, with 40 sex crimes involving boys from 1994 to 2005, all of whom he met through the Second Mile Foundation, which he founded in 1977.
July 10, 2014 |
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, who has said Sandusky molested him as a child, will appear in a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey next week. In the interview, scheduled to air at 9 p.m. July 17 on Winfrey's OWN Network, Sandusky is expected to give a personal account of the abuse he says he suffered as a child. It will be his first public interview since his adoptive father's 2012 conviction on child sex-abuse charges. In a brief video clip posted on Winfrey's website, Sandusky says to Winfrey, "At bedtime, his ritual began.
August 19, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University has agreed to a multimillion-dollar settlement with a 25-year-old man who was sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a campus shower. It is the first of 26 claims to be settled in the Sandusky scandal, with the others expected early this week. The university has approved spending $60 million for the payouts. The man, known as Victim 5 in court proceedings, was assaulted by Sandusky in August 2001, six months after then-graduate assistant Michael McQueary reported to university officials that he saw Sandusky rape a boy in a campus shower.