Sex Abuse/Assault Scandal & Cover Up Rocks Happy Valley and Former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky … Arrested
As Penn St has one of their best seasons in years and Joe Pa became the winningest coach in Division I, the Penn State Nittney Lions and Happy Vally is rocked by sexual assault allegations. In what has always been considered one of the most squeaky clean programs in NCAA sports … now has the tarnish of a cover up.
Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the once considered heir apparent to Joe Paterno, is the center of an explosive sex abuse scandal and allegations of a cover up at Penn St. University. PSU athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz were charged Saturday with perjury related to a child sexual abuse investigation of former longtime Penn St assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The two were charged with failure to report, a summary offense. The perjury count is punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
In a development that strikes very close to Joe Paterno’s storied football program, Pennsylvania State University athletic director Tim Curley and another university official were charged Saturday with perjury related to a child sexual abuse investigation of longtime Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office said Curley, 57, and Gary Schultz, 62, Penn State’s senior vice president for finance and business, also were charged with failure to report, a summary offense. The perjury count is a third-degree felony punishable by up to seven years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
Jerry Sandusky was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Sandusky has also been barred from the Penn St. campus. The allegations against Sandusky range from sexual advances to touching to oral and anal sex of teen boys and some of even younger children may have been victimized.
”This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,” state Attorney General Linda Kelly said Saturday in a statement.
Paterno, who last week became the coach with the most wins in Division I football history, wasn’t charged, and the grand jury report didn’t appear to implicate him in wrongdoing.
Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Curley, 57, and Schultz, 62, were expected to turn themselves in on Monday in Harrisburg.
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Kelly said the attorney general’s office and state police began the investigation when a young boy reported that Sandusky had sexually abused him while the boy was a house guest at Sandusky’s home near State College.
According to evidence presented to an investigating grand jury, the boy was 11 or 12 years old when he first met Sandusky at a camp for The Second Mile program, a charity for at-risk children founded by Sandusky.
Sandusky used expensive gifts to keep in touch with the boy – including trips to professional and college sporting events, golf clubs, a computer, clothing and money – and used the overnight visits at his home to perform sex acts on the boy, according to the grand jury.
The allegations about a former coach are troubling, and it is appropriate that they be investigated thoroughly. Protecting children requires the utmost vigilance.
With regard to the other presentments, I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support …