May 24, 2016
Two grand juries have exposed systematic child sexual abuse covered up by the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, convicted serial predator Jerry Sandusky's crimes have drawn international attention to Penn State, and, most recently, state prosecutors have leveled charges of widespread pedophilia and official silence in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese. Now the Pennsylvania legislature may finally be ready to show mercy to victims. Legislation to extend the time limits for criminal charges and civil complaints in abuse cases would be late in coming but nonetheless welcome.
May 16, 2016 |
Full disclosure: I'm a graduate of Pennsylvania State University, Class of '82. On my desk at the Inquirer I have a Penn State coffee mug, a water bottle bearing the Nittany Lion logo, and a pen-and-pencil holder crocheted in blue and white with a "P" glued on the front. My school spirit waned when the Jerry Sandusky scandal came to light. It has slowly returned in recognition that a university is far more than the actions of a few. So when my editors asked me last month to write about the appeal of retiring in college towns from the perspective of residents at the Village at Penn State, I started planning which flavor ice cream I was going to order at Berkey Creamery once I got to State College.
May 14, 2016 |
A coalition of media organizations, including the Inquirer and the Daily News, asked a judge Thursday to unseal court records surrounding settlements that Pennsylvania State University paid to accusers of Jerry Sandusky who said they told head football coach Joe Paterno or his assistants about their abuse as early as the 1970s. "Public interest in these proceedings is immense," attorneys for the news outlets contended in a motion filed in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court. The information in the records, attorney Craig J. Staudenmaier wrote, "may shed further needed light on a matter that is of serious public concern - sexual abuse of children over decades by an employee of the largest public university in the commonwealth.
May 12, 2016
ISSUE | PENN STATE Be fair to all Rob Tornoe's cartoon showing a Penn State fan defending former football coach Joe Paterno while ignoring one of Jerry Sandusky's victims (Tuesday) portrayed how Paterno has come to be seen as a willing enabler of child molestation. That viewpoint is one shared by many: that to even consider the possibility that Paterno was unaware of Sandusky's predation is somehow callous. In reality, there is absolutely no reason that one can't have the utmost sympathy for Sandusky's victims while also wanting to ensure that people aren't unjustly defamed.
May 10, 2016
The full text of Penn State University President Eric J. Barron's response to new allegations in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual assault case. Dear Friends: Over the past few days, allegations have surfaced from individuals who claim to be Sandusky victims and from unidentified individuals about the alleged knowledge of former University employees. None of these allegations about the supposed knowledge of University employees has been substantiated in a court of law or in any other process to test their veracity.
May 10, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University president Eric Barron said Sunday that the university has found no evidence to support the latest allegations that Joe Paterno and members of his coaching staff knew about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children as early as the 1970s. Barron turned the heat on the media for reporting the allegations, some of which surfaced in court papers last week. Others were reported by CNN and NBC News. If true, they indicate that Paterno and other Penn State authorities knew about Sandusky's actions years earlier than had been alleged.
May 9, 2016 |
With a single paragraph in an otherwise unnoticed legal ruling this week, a Philadelphia judge reignited the contentious debate over Joe Paterno's legacy - and revived a scandal that Pennsylvania State University had hoped it had moved beyond. The court filing cited a settlement that the school paid to a man who said he told the legendary football coach in 1976 that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually assaulted him. By Friday, more accusers had come forward with claims that they, too, had alerted Paterno or others on his staff to Sandusky's sexual misconduct decades before it drew law enforcement scrutiny.
May 8, 2016 |
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - The leader of Pennsylvania State University's trustees said Friday that he did not know that a financial payout the board approved for one of Jerry Sandusky's accusers went to a man who claims that he reported the sexual abuse to Joe Paterno in 1976. But board chairman Keith Masser downplayed any suggestion that the decision to settle the potential lawsuit meant the board believed that the university's storied head football coach knew - and said nothing - about Sandusky's crimes decades before Sandusky drew law enforcement scrutiny.
May 7, 2016
A judge on Thursday ordered a hearing for this month at which Jerry Sandusky's lawyers can try to prove his claims that prosecutors lied, withheld evidence, and leaked secret grand jury information in a bid to find additional victims of sexual abuse by the former football coach. Judge John Cleland said the May 20 hearing would "provide the defense with an opportunity to prove" claims as it seeks to overturn the verdicts against the former Pennsylvania State University assistant coach or win a new trial.
May 7, 2016 |
Pennsylvania State University paid settlements to end claims that Joe Paterno and other coaches at the school knew as early as the 1970s that Jerry Sandusky was assaulting children sexually, according to court filings and a person familiar with the payouts. One accuser was a child when he allegedly told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him. Two assistant coaches witnessed Sandusky's misconduct with children in the 1980s, and a former athletic director also was told about sexual contact between the former assistant coach and a child, according to the filings.