Penn State Pedophilia Scandal

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Moderator's Note: The Rodham family are huge Penn State supporters. Hugh Rodham Sr. and Hugh Rodham Jr. are both alums and Jr. played football under Joe Paterno.

Work in progress. Needs much cleanup, needs sources, and more factual background on Sandusky, Paterno, and abuse at Penn State University

wiki: [2] Penn State child sex abuse scandal


Jerry Sandusky, who was a coach at Penn State University, was charged with 45 counts of sexual abuse against children. He was heavily involved in child advocacy, particularly for a group called the "Second Mile". Penn State University was able to keep Sandusky's abuses secret for decades despite knowing of his pattern of behavior.[3]

There are allegations that Sandusky may have been involved in a larger trafficking operation.

People/Organizations Involved/connected in/to the Case/Investigation

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  • 1963 to 1965 - Jerry Sandusky played for Rip Engle at Penn State, starting at defensive end [5]
  • 1966 - Sandusky served as a graduate assistant under Paterno at Penn State [6]


  • Jerry Sandusky returned to Penn State in 1969 and remained there as an assistant coach until his retirement at the end of the 1999 season [7] [8]
  • Jerry Sandusky served as defensive line coach in 1969 [9]

  • (published?) 1981 - (other books by Jerry Sandusky) 'Developing linebackers the Penn State way'
  • 1986 - Jerry Sandusky received "Assistant Coach of the Year" award (from Penn State?) [12]
  • 1990 - President George H. W. Bush praised the group (The Second Mile) as a "shining example" of charity work in a 1990 letter, one of that president's much-promoted "Thousand points of light" encouragements to volunteer community organizations. [14]


  • The grand jury identified eight boys who had been singled out for sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky, taking place from 1994 through 2009
  • 1995 - (other books by Jerry Sandusky) 'Coaching linebackers', with Cedric X. Bryant
  • 1997 - (other books by Jerry Sandusky) '101 linebacker drills', with Cedric X. Bryant
  • 1998 - he (Jerry Sandusky?) was investigated for sexual abuse of a child but no charges were filed [15]
  • 1999 - received "Assistant Coach of the Year" award (from Penn State?) [16]

2000 to 2003

  • During the time period that Jerry Sandusky was being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, investigators served subpoenas on the Second Mile to get records of boys who had been through the program as well as Sandusky’s travel and expense records. As it turned out, the records from 2000 to 2003 were missing [17]




  • An investigation was initiated by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office into sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky


  • The indictment (on 4Nov2011) came after a three-year investigation that explored allegations of Jerry Sandusky having inappropriate contact with an underage boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old. The boy's parents reported the incident to police in 2009
  • In the case of Jerry Sandusky, the grand jury investigation began in 2009 under then Attorney General now Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett. This was Pennsylvania's 30th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury [21]


  • After Jerry Sandusky retired as assistant coach at Penn State, he continued working with The Second Mile at Penn State, maintaining an office at the university until 2011 [22]
  • Nov2011 - Pennsylvania State University announced that Freeh would lead an internal investigation into the Penn State child sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky and several high-ranking university officials.[49] He announced that the team assisting him in his investigation would include former FBI agents and federal prosecutors.[50] [[23]] (see: Louis Freeh)
  • 4Nov2011 - a grand jury that had been convened in September 2009, or earlier, indicted Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys [24] [25]
  • 5Nov2011 - following a two-year grand jury investigation, Jerry Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009 [26] [27]
  • 6Nov2011 - Penn State banned Jerry Sandusky from campus [28] Penn State officially banned Sandusky from campus on November 6, 2011.[55] Later that day, Curley was placed on administrative leave, and Schultz resigned to go back into retirement [29]
  • 7Nov2011 - Curley and Schultz appeared in a Harrisburg courtroom on November 7, where a judge set bail at $75,000 and required them to surrender their passports
  • 15Nov2011 - Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a non-profit adoption awareness organization, rescinded its 2002 Angels in Adoption award to Jerry Sandusky and Dorothy Sandusky [30]
  • Dec2011 - Jerry Sandusky was charged with an additional 12 counts of sexual crimes against children [31]
    • In an interview with Jo Becker of The New York Times on December 3, 2011, Sandusky responded to the initial 40 charges of sexual crimes against children [32]
    • 7Dec2011 - Jerry Sandusky was arrested for a second time based on the additional sexual abuse charges. Sandusky was released on $250,000 bail and placed on monitored house arrest while he awaited trial. Sandusky chose to waive his preliminary hearing that took place in mid December. [33] [34]
    • 16Dec2011 [35] - Preliminary hearings for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were held on December 16, 2011


  • 24Feb2012 - The Patriot-News reported that Peter J. Smith, the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania was conducting a federal criminal investigation into the scandal. This probe was separate from the Clery Act investigation. According to a Penn State spokeswoman, Smith subpoenaed the school for information about Spanier, Sandusky, Curley, Schultz and the Second Mile. An official with the Second Mile said that Smith subpoenaed information about Sandusky's travel records just days after Sandusky's arrest. [36]
  • June2012 - As the Sandusky trial proceeded toward conviction in June 2012, the university said Freeh would report in the summer and the report would "be released to the trustees and the public simultaneously without being reviewed by the school’s general counsel’s office".[51] [[37]] (see: Louis Freeh)
  • June2012
    • Penn State University implemented a policy to require mandatory reporting of child abuse by any Penn State employee working with children. The policy also requires all Penn State employees working with children to go through a background check and training related to child abuse and reporting requirements
    • 11June2012 - The trial, for 52 charges of sexual crimes against children, started at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania [38]
    • 18June2012 - it was reported that during the full-day court recess the previous Friday, prosecutors had contacted NBC "asking the network to re-authenticate a full unedited transcript" of the Bob Costas interview from November. An unaired portion of the Costas interview featured Sandusky saying, "I didn't go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I've helped". Legal analysts explained that this could be used by the prosecution to cross examine Sandusky if he were to take the stand. [39]
    • 21June2012 - after the case had gone to the jury, Matt Sandusky, one of Sandusky's six adopted children, stated through his attorney that he was also a victim of the former coach's sexual abuse. He had been ready to testify for the prosecution, but did not do so. Later, Amendola said that Jerry Sandusky had every intention of testifying in his own defense, but decided against it because he claimed that the prosecution would have called Matt Sandusky to the stand. [40]
    • 22June2012 - Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 remaining charges. [41] [42] [43]
  • 12July2012 - The report was released on July 12, 2012.[52] The 267-page report from Freeh's law firm was characterized as deeply critical of the administration of former university president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, late coach Joe Paterno and former university vice president Gary Schultz. A commentary at Sports Illustrated's website characterized the report's accusations against Paterno as "damning and sweeping" and the findings about Spanier, including a 2001 e-mail in the wake of the 2001 shower incident purportedly witnessed by graduate assistant Mike McQueary, as "most damning".[53] A number of sources [54] have questioned if not outright disputed the accuracy of Freeh's findings, pointing to the lack of hard evidence to support his "reasonable conclusions." [[44]] (see: Louis Freeh)
- 12July2012 - report by a special investigative group headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh had been commissioned by the Penn State Board of Trustees. After interviewing over 400 people and reviewing over 3.5 million documents... [45]
  • 23July2012 [46] - the NCAA imposed sweeping penalties on Penn State's football program—among the most severe ever imposed on an NCAA member school—including a fine of $60 million, a four-year postseason ban and vacating of all victories from 1998–2011.[10] In doing so, NCAA President Mark Emmert stated that the sanctions were levied "not to be just punitive, but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mindset in which football will never again be placed ahead of education, nurturing and protecting young people."[11]
  • 24Aug2012 - as reported by the Associated Press, the individual known as "Victim 1" who testified at the trial of Sandusky brought suit against Pennsylvania State University
  • 30Aug2012 - the Pennsylvania Sexual Offenders Assessment Board recommended that Jerry Sandusky be declared a sexually violent predator [47] [48]
  • Sept2012 - former Philadelphia child prostitute Greg Bucceroni alleged that in 1979 and 1980 Philadelphia philanthropist Ed Savitz brought him from his New Jersey residence to State College Second Mile fund raiser for the purpose of child trafficking [49]
  • 9Oct2012 - Jerry Sandusky was sentenced on to 30 to 60 years in prison—at his age, effectively a life sentence. [50] [51] [52]
  • 18Oct2012 - Jerry Sandusky 's lawyers appealed his conviction in Centre County Court in Pennsylvania. They claim that they did not have enough time to prepare for their client's case. [53]
  • 23Oct2012 - Jerry Sandusky was transferred to Camp Hill state prison in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania for pre-imprisonment evaluation [54]
  • 31Oct2012 - Jerry Sandusky was moved to Pennsylvania's SCI Greene "supermax" prison to serve his sentence. [55] [56]
  • As of November 2012 [57] - two other investigations are/were ongoing: a federal criminal probe by the local United States Attorney launched shortly after the discovery of Sandusky's crimes, and a separate probe from the Department of Education into whether Penn State responded to the incident properly and reported it in accordance with federal law
  • 1Nov2012 [58] - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and NBC News, citing sources close to the investigation, reported that Spanier would be formally charged for his alleged role in covering up Sandusky's crimes.[78][79] Later that day, state AG Kelly announced that as part of a superseding indictment, Spanier, Curley and Schultz had been charged with grand jury perjury, conspiracy, obstruction of justice, and child endangerment in connection with the scandal. Spanier faces eight charges, three of which are felonies


  • 2013 - A year after the report's issuance, the chairman of the Penn State Board of Trustees, which had originally commissioned the report, said that Freeh's conclusions amounted to "speculation."[55] [[59]] (see: Louis Freeh)
  • 30Jan2013 - Pennsylvania Judge John Cleland denied Jerry Sandusky 's request for a new trial. [60]
  • 10Feb2013 - a report authored by former United States Attorney General and former Governor of Pennsylvania Dick Thornburgh, whom the Paterno family retained to conduct its own investigation, concluded that the Freeh report was "seriously flawed, both with respect to the process of [its] investigation and its findings related to Mr. Paterno".[57] Graham Spanier is suing Freeh for defamation and tortious interference and Penn State University for breach of contract.[58] [[61]] (see: Louis Freeh)
  • 25March2013 - Jerry Sandusky granted his first interview for television since his conviction on NBC’s Today show
  • 30July2013 - Penn State's ex-president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley were ordered by Judge William Wenner to stand trial on charges accusing them of a cover-up [62]


  • 3Dec2014 - KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reported that Jerry Sandusky received a letter from Penn State asking to renew his season ticket plan for the football team and attend a "recruiting" trip to a Penn State basketball game. The letter was reportedly sent out in error [63]
  • Jan2015 - In a January 2015 interview with the Associated Press, Penn State President Eric Barron said, "I have to say, I'm not a fan of the report. There's no doubt in my mind, Freeh steered everything as if he were a prosecutor trying to convince a court to take the case."[56] [[64]] (see: Louis Freeh)


  • 13Feb2017 - Jerry Sandusky 's son Jeffrey (Jeff) was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography [65]


  • 10Nov2011 [66] - (NESN: College Football) Jerry Sandusky Rumored to Have Been ‘Pimping Out Young Boys to Rich Donors,’ Says Mark Madden
  • (AmericanFreePress website) The Far-Reaching Implications of the PSU Child Abuse Scandal [67]
  • 24Sept2012 [68] - In Plain View - How child molesters get away with it.

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