January 3, 2013 |
PITTSBURGH - A suspended Catholic priest expressed remorse to everyone but the young boys depicted in pornography Wednesday before he was sentenced to more than eight years in prison for collecting more than 5,000 images of child porn on his computer, in books and on compact discs. The sentence that the Rev. Bartley Sorensen, 63, received was more than the five-year mandatory minimum sentence he sought but less than the 10-year maximum he faced. "I served the diocese for 35 years.
October 8, 2012 |
When he stood trial on accusations that he was a serial molester of young boys, Jerry Sandusky considered, then thought better of, taking the stand to defend himself. Now a convicted sex offender, the former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach will be in Centre County Court again Tuesday to be sentenced. Sandusky, his lawyer says, is pressing for another opportunity to speak for himself. "He continues to hope he'll get another shot," defense attorney Joseph Amendola said.
September 27, 2012 |
Former high school baseball coach and city court employee Louis Spadaccini pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that he gave drugs and alcohol to two teenage boys last year and sexually assaulted one of them. Spadaccini, 38, reached a plea deal with prosecutors that would put him behind bars for 12 to 24 years, followed by five years of probation, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said. Spadaccini would also have to register as a sex offender for life under Megan's Law. He pleaded guilty in the two cases to nine charges including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of a minor, and furnishing liquor to a minor.
August 27, 2012 |
How touchy can you get? When Penn State football fans hear the lyrics to the Neal Diamond song, "Sweet Caroline" - "touching you, touching me" - they immediately think of Jerry Sandusky. Right? Well, they won't this season, because the song, which has a long history of being played at sporting events, including at Penn State football games, has been stricken from the repertoire. Heaven forbid that we use the term "banned. " "Although the lyrics were brought up and discussed, to say the song was 'banned' because of the lyrics would not be accurate," said Gregory J. Myford, associate administrator of business relations and communications at Penn State.
August 15, 2012 |
ONE OF the first things you learn in college is how to do many things at the same time. It wasn't called multi-tasking when I was a Penn State student, but like most Penn Staters, I mastered it early. Therefore, as a person who can handle many things at once, I would like to say to all those who accuse Penn State supporters of not caring about Jerry Sandusky's victims that I can, at the same moment in time, feel terrible for the monster's victims and want to ensure that no child's suffering is ever again missed at any institution or in any community - while I also question the knee-jerk reaction of the media, the NCAA, the Big Ten and everyone else who has piled on Penn State in assigning punishments, sanctions and blame when all the court cases are not yet completed, when all the pertinent information is not yet available and when many key people have not yet been heard.
August 8, 2012 |
A 10-year-old boy has been arrested and two other young boys were being sought in a home invasion robbery during which a woman was beaten and had a potted plant thrown into her face in the Juniata Park section, police said. The other boys are said to be 7 years old and 12 years old. Police responding to a call of a person screaming about 5:50 p.m. Monday found the 50-year-old victim on the 1200 block of Luzerne Street. She told police she was sleeping in her room in the rear of the residence when the boys entered and started beating her with sticks, rocks and a rope.
July 27, 2012 |
AFTER HEARING of the Jerry Sandusky and Philadelphia Catholic priests child-sexual-abuse cases in December, a 25-year-old man found the courage to tell police about his alleged ordeal of being sexually assaulted by his Catholic priest when he was 10 years old in 1997, Philadelphia law-enforcement officials said Friday. And the young man had quite an tale to tell against the Rev. Andrew McCormick, District Attorney Seth Williams said. "I applaud the courage of this young man," Williams said.
June 24, 2012 |
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - The clearest portrait of Jerry Sandusky to emerge during the trial that ended Friday night with his conviction 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.
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.