Former Penn State Football Coach Arrested For Sex Assaults on Many Young Boys

(CNN) — “A string of sexual child abuse charges against a former Penn State assistant football coach includes an alleged shower incident that two current university officials are accused of covering up, prosecutors said Saturday.

Jerry Sandusky, 67, who served 23 years as defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, allegedly engaged in fondling, oral sex and anal sex with young boys over a period of more than 10 years, according to an investigative grand jury’s summary of testimony.

In some cases, Sandusky, who maintains his innocence, promised the boys gifts or invited them to football games and sleepovers, according to the grand jury. Some of the incidents allegedly occurred in Penn State athletic facilities.

Sandusky, who retired from coaching in 1999, was founder of the Second Mile, a charitable organization that began as a group foster home “dedicated to helping troubled boys,” the grand jury states.

“Through the Second Mile, Sandusky had access to hundreds of boys, many of whom were vulnerable due to their social situations,” it added.

Also named in the grand jury report are Penn State Athletic Director Timothy Curley, 57, and Gary Schultz, 62, the university’s senior vice president for finance and business, who face charges of one count of perjury each.

Curley and Schultz “allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys,” Kelly said.

The two university officials are expected to surrender Monday.

Sandusky, who was arrested and released Saturday on $100,000 unsecured bail, faces seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, and numerous other charges, including aggravated indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

Sandusky has known about the allegations for three years, the lawyer said.

“Jerry feels like because of his background and reputation it took a long time to reach this conclusion and he’s been ready for it,” Amendola told WJAC.

The grand jury investigation was initiated by the claims of one boy who alleged that Sandusky had “indecently assaulted” him and engaged in sex acts while the boy was a guest at his home, according to the attorney general.

The relationship, which began in 2005 and lasted into 2008, included overnight stays at Sandusky’s home, where touching led to sexual acts, according to Kelly and grand jury testimony.

“One of the most compelling and disturbing pieces of testimony in this investigation came from an eyewitness to a late-night sexual assault that allegedly occurred in March of 2002, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on the University Park Campus,” Kelly said. “Hearing what sounded like sexual activity in the showers of a building that was supposed to be empty, a graduate assistant reportedly observed Sandusky sexually assaulting a naked boy who appeared to be about 10 years old.”

The assistant reported the incident to head football coach Joe Paterno, who in turn alerted athletic director Curley, Kelly said.

Instead of reporting the incident to authorities, Curley and Schultz banned Sandusky from having children from Second Mile visit the football building, Kelly said.

Specifically, the grand jury found that Curley committed perjury in repeatedly denying that he had ever been told that Sandusky had engaged in sexual misconduct with a child, Kelly said.

“Assertions by Schultz that the allegations concerning Sandusky were ‘not that serious’ and that he and Curley ‘had no indication that a crime had occurred’ were in direct contradiction to other testimony and constituted perjury,” Kelly wrote.

In all, the grand jury identified eight boys, ranging in age from about 8 to 14, who were the targets of similar sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky from 1994-2009. All of the victims first encountered Sandusky through Second Mile activities, Kelly said.

Authorities said they are continuing to search for additional victims and that the case remains active.

Penn State President Graham Spanier said in a statement that the allegations against the former coach are “troubling,” and that the investigation is appropriate.

With regards to Curley and Schultz, Spanier said they have his “unconditional support.”

“I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee,” he said, adding that the charges are “groundless.”


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14 Responses to Former Penn State Football Coach Arrested For Sex Assaults on Many Young Boys

  1. haveyoursay says:

    I agree with some of your comments about colluding parents – usually they are the mothers. However, dysfunctional families don’t always know they are dysfunctional. I had no idea myself growing up that this wasn’t just ordinary life. I’m NOT talking about more extreme cases involving the rape of a child or extreme beatings that could potentially kill. It’s inexcusable of any parent to know about and do nothing to stop this. The other parent is only chance a child has.

    In the case of where children are regularly beaten and it’s called ‘discipline’, it’s the atmosphere of violence that’s always present that’s a killer. You never know what’s going to set it off. Unless totally quashed, some children will do what they want regardless of consequences. I saw this growing up. I would not call that ‘provoking’ an attack – the adult is always the responsible one.

    In his press release, W Adams refers to his daughter’s “criminal activity” as though she’d been out robbing shops at knifepoint! I think H Adams is right about her mother’s attempts to ‘diffuse’ the ugly atmosphere. That doesn’t mean it was effective or she wasn’t capable of being abusive in her own right. I don’t know H A’s true motives in posting the video; I’m guessing it’s related to the custody battle of a minor sister which she mentioned in an interview. It was suggestive of that. It isn’t always easy to leave marriages and go for custody, especially if your husband is an influential judge. Anyway, whatever the true facts of this case are, no-one in that family is a winner. It’s just another damaged family whether publically exposed or not.

    • Alethea says:

      I am positive that Hallie Adams knew that her husband’s beatings were illegal, immoral, and abuse. I am certain that it was not just a case of ‘not being aware that they lived in a dysfunctional family.’ Otherwise, she would not have kept it a secret, and would have spoken openly about the corporal (beatings) punishment.

  2. haveyoursay says:

    Re: Hilary Adams. You’re very free in your condemnation of a young woman you have never met or spoken to. I haven’t either but the video posted ‘speaks’ volume about the kind of home she grew up in.

    A few points: her ‘failure’ to show her father the video beforehand just might have had something to do with her fear of him and his position. What an early interview suggested was that there are custodial issues around the younger sister. I think she was very much thinking of her younger sister with regard to that, but possibly not what the immediate reaction to the posting of the video might have had on her. Could Hilary Adams really be expected to have predicted the huge, worldwide atttention of the posting? Continuing to live with an abusive parent automatically means… what exactly??? Is she now the sole person who is supposed to have acted against her father at an earlier stage – a much younger age? The comments about being motivated by money are an ugly attempt to disparage someone’s reasons. BUT….. whatever Hilary Adam’s true motivations are, there’s just no getting away from that video, is there?

    Re: the mother. I’ve noted how on this blog and others, how quick some are to get the boot in about her. What she did was to get the belt away from her husband – who just went and got another – she struck her daughter ONCE. That’s not great but to accuse her of it being harder than his many strikes?? The trouble is unless you’ve grown up with violence the average person really doesn’t have a clue how these things work. And I think it’s just always easier, for some reason, to blame and hold a woman responsible for whatever ugly things happen. Shame on you for doing this.

    • Alethea says:

      “Shame on you?” What am I, five? You sound like my mother when she scolded me for being sexual with my father the rapist. I know damn well about growing up in a violent home, and if that was all Hillary was subjected to now and then, she’s one lucky girl.

      Hillary never mentioned once about trying to help her sister by posting the video. And your excuse of her ‘not knowing how bad it would be’ by posting the video on Youtube is ridiculous. She knew EXACTLY what would happen if she posted it on Youtube, and that’s why she did it.

      • haveyoursay says:

        Yes, she did mention her sister and a custody case in an interview – the first public one she did – which is why I mentioned it. I never made any ‘excuses’ for Hilary Adam’s behaviour; why would I? I don’t know her but I do know what it’s like to grow up in a violent family. No-one knows what else that young woman could have experienced, but from what I saw, I wouldn’t call her ‘lucky’. Being on the receiving end of far worse abuse should not diminish what happens to someone else.

        My comment ‘shame on you’ refers to what looks an awful lot like letting an abusive father off the hook and instead, holding the mother more responsible for abuse than him. It is hardly on a par with the revolting words of a mother refusing to support an abused child, though I can see why you’d have such a low opinion of a participatory mother. Hilary Adam’s mother’s behaviour was reminiscent for me of the type I’ve seen first-hand when someone is acting in order to try and stop violence escalating. I think that’s why she got the belt off him. It often doesn’t work, and it didn’t in this case either. I don’t think she’s innocent, but I also don’t think she deserves this level of condemnation. However, this is your blog and you’re entitled to your opinion, even if i can’t relate to it at all, so I apologise for that comment.

        • Alethea says:

          Have your say,

          Hillary may have mentioned her sister in regards to a custody case, but she has, in no way, implied, stated, or hinted that she posted that video to help her little sister.

          Relatively speaking, Hillary is indeed lucky compared to many children -small little children- who are tortured, raped, and sexually abused for years. She was a teenager, and it’s very possible that she provoked her father on purpose, and especially the day of the taped beating. She stated on Dr. Phil that she knew her father had a problem with her being caught doing something illegal (because he was a judge) and she said she knew things were escalating. She then set the tape up and went ahead and downloaded material that she knew her father would be angry about.

          You might see me as letting the father off the hook, but that’s just your vision of things. My Blog has numerous articles on how often women are excused for allowing child sexual abuse and physical abuse in the home. This is just one more case where I saw many people defending the mother. My condemnation of her, in no way, excuses the father. I have just chosen to give an alternate point of view. And I see a woman who probably liked having a nice house and a nice car, and stayed with him, offering up Hillary as a sacrifice, so she could continue in her lifestyle. This is the case for the majority of these women who DO NOT PROTECT THEIR CHILD. Hillary’s mother DID NOT PROTECT HER DAUGHTER. SHE INSTEAD, HIT HER DAUGHTER HERSELF AND CONTINUED IN THE MARRIAGE. And she most likely did it for self-preservation, and self-centered needs.

          Yes, I do hold mothers more accountable when they CHOOSE TO STAY WITH A MAN WHO IS BEATING OR SEXUALLY ABUSING A CHILD. Those who do nothing about child abuse, allow it to continue. A mother’s duty is to protect her child, with her life, if needed.

          And Hillary’s mother admittedly smacked Hillary around and threw her into walls when she was younger, and Hillary said the father stopped it. So do not uplift this woman as the ‘better parent’ or a ‘victim of the man.’

  3. little nel says:

    I thought that it was very interesting that one young victim’s mother became angry when her son came home with wet hair and told her that he was in the shower with Sandusky. She report it right away but got little support from the police.

    She stopped all contact between the coach and her son.

    So far, nine men who were abused as childrne have come forward.

  4. pamela judd says:

    10 Long years these boys sufferered his sexual abuse,what did he threaten or bribe them with,how could it go on such long time,he doesnt deserve bail

  5. Anonymous says:

    I never knew there were so many pervy old men in America. My neighbor told me when he was 13 the football coach, under the pretext of looking at a leg wound, started ‘going down on him’ and he ran out of the house.

  6. little nel says:

    Aren’t all these adult men mandatory reporters? They did not report the numerous complaints. They are all guilty.

    • Anonymous says:

      many adults seem to know, and look the other way and say NOTHING. GUILTY! This happened up here with a high school superintendent and a principal. One woman was even calling the boy for the superintendent. Id yank my children out of the school system so fast.

    • Stacy says:

      It does seem some reported suspicions… but it was just to “icky” for grown men to really “talk about”. Somewhere along the way speaking about sexual abuse out loud became worse to the observer than the act itself.

      I agree 100% – All guilty.

      (just me… but if I did see with my own eyes, a grown man naked up against a 10 yr old boy in an empty shower room… I would NOT have just walked away. and today I pray for the strength and confidence to never ever just walk away.)

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