August 1, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - For two days, prosecutors portrayed three former leaders of Pennsylvania State University as more focused on protecting the school's reputation than the consequences of burying reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children. On Tuesday, District Judge William Wenner agreed that they had offered enough of a case that former president Graham B. Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley should be held for trial on charges that include perjury, child endangerment, obstruction, and failing to report abuse.
July 31, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - As the clock ran down on his coaching career, Joe Paterno offered a damning assessment of Pennsylvania State University's top administrators and how they dealt with reports of Jerry Sandusky's abusing children, according to former assistant football coach Mike McQueary. "He said Old Main screwed it up," McQueary testified in Dauphin County Court on Monday, using the name of Penn State's administration building to denote those who worked in it. Then, just before he was fired - his reputation in shambles as a result of the Sandusky scandal - Paterno offered a warning, McQueary testified: The administrators could not be trusted, and would "try to scapegoat" the young assistant coach, who had told him and other top officials in 2001 that he saw Sandusky sexually assault a boy in a campus shower.
July 30, 2013
In an article published Sunday about beer companies that serve up an environmental message, the amount donated by Victory Brewing Co. in Downingtown to local watershed groups was incorrect. That total is $16,000. A story about Monday's preliminary hearing for three former Pennsylvania State University officials on charges that they were complicit in a cover-up regarding Jerry Sandusky incorrectly stated that a grand jury had concluded that head coach Joe Paterno had failed to do enough after learning that Sandusky had sexually molested a boy in a Penn State locker room shower.
July 29, 2013 |
In the 13 months since a jury convicted Jerry Sandusky of being a serial sex abuser of young boys, the Pennsylvania State University community has struggled to pull itself from the mire of a scandal that at times seemed to have no end. On Monday, whatever progress that has been made is likely to be put on hold again. After a long series of legal delays, three former top university administrators, including Penn State's once-revered president, Graham B. Spanier, will be in court for a preliminary hearing on charges that they were complicit in a cover-up that permitted Sandusky to continue to prey on boys even after he was caught raping one in a Penn State locker-room shower.
July 25, 2013 |
Penn State officials said Tuesday that the $2.26 million the university would have earned from 2012-13 bowl revenues collected by Big Ten Conference football teams has been divided into 12 equal shares for each member school to distribute to regional charities that focus on child advocacy and protecting children. In a news release, the university said it would donate its share, a total of $188,344, through the Centre County United Way with instructions to split the money between the Children's Advocacy Center and the Stewards of Children program.
July 22, 2013 |
A Commonwealth Court ruling in a case related to the Jerry Sandusky child-abuse scandal could have broad open-records implications for state-related schools. Rayn Bagwell, a Pennsylvania State University alumnus, had sought records concerning how the school responded to the scandal but was rebuffed by the state Department of Education, and his appeal was dismissed by the state Office of Open Records. But in an opinion released Friday, Commonwealth Court ruled that the office had erred.
July 20, 2013 |
Pennsylvania State University reportedly will pay about $60 million to settle most of the personal injury claims filed by men who alleged they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky when they were children. Both the Wall Street Journal and the Legal Intelligencer reported the figure Thursday, nearly a week after the university's trustees announced tentative settlements had been reached with some of the former football coach's victims. According to the Journal, Penn State has reached agreements in about 25 of 30 cases.
July 20, 2013 |
The governing board of Pennsylvania State University has authorized the payment of up to $60 million to settle claims by the sexual-abuse victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a trustee said Thursday. About 30 claims have been filed. It is not known if all would be covered by that sum. "First and foremost, I hope this is closure for the victims," said Edward "Ted" Brown III, a trustee who is president and chief executive officer of KETCHConsulting in State College.
July 19, 2013 |
PENN STATE's costs for the Jerry Sandusky scandal keep climbing, as the university said yesterday that the bill for lawyers, consultants and other work stands at more than $46.8 million. The latest tally of $46,854,256 represents work by more than three-dozen firms that invoiced the university between November 2011 and April 30. When factoring in dollar values in recent news reports about settlements with Sandusky claimants and the full NCAA fine, the potential cost skyrockets to $154.8 million.
July 19, 2013
Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of former Penn State coach and convicted pedophile Jerry Sandusky, has filed a petition to legally change his name. Sandusky, 34, who last year alleged that his adopted father abused him as a child, also included immediate family members in the petition filed in Centre County Court, a court official said Wednesday. The file is sealed. Jerry Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison for child abuse. -- Allison Steele