Timeline in Penn State Child Sexual Abuse Case

1994: Boy known as Victim 7 in the grand jury presentment released last weekend meets Sandusky through Second Mile at “about the age of 10,” according to grand jury testimony.

1996-98: Boy known as Victim 5 in grand jury presentment is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old, according to grand jury testimony.

1998: Boy known as Victim 6 in grand jury presentment is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old and showers with Sandusky, according to grand jury testimony. Sandusky lathers up boy and says, “I’m going to squeeze your guts out.” When Victim 6 is dropped off at his home, he tells his mother of the incident and she reports the information to university police, who investigate. Investigators eavesdrop on two conversations between the mother and Sandusky, and after one conversation, Sandusky asks for forgiveness, even telling the mother, “I wish I were dead.” Then Centre County district attorney Ray Gricar ultimately says no charges will be filed against Sandusky.

Summer 1999: Sandusky announces he will retire from Penn State at the end of the season. He will have emeritus status, maintain an office on campus and have access to all Penn State facilities.

Dec. 28, 1999: Boy known as Victim 4, is part of Sandusky’s family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl in Texas, according to grand jury report.

Fall 2000: According to grand jury report, Penn State janitor named Jim Calhoun observes Sandusky in university’s Lasch Football Building showers with a young boy, Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He informs janitorial staff members. Employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and witnesses Sandusky and the boy, whom he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13, exit holding hands. Calhoun, a temporary employee, never reports incident.

March 1, 2002: According to grand jury report, Penn State graduate assistant Mike McQueary enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. He witnesses Sandusky performing anal sex on boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates at 10. McQueary tells his father, who advises him to tell Paterno. McQueary meets with Paterno the following morning.

It isn’t “anal sex,” it’s child rape!

March 3, 2002: According to the grand jury, Paterno calls Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, and tells Curley what he was told by McQueary. Paterno’s version is that McQueary had seen Sandusky “fondling or doing something of a sexual nature.” Later that month, McQueary meets with Curley and senior vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz. McQueary says he believes he witnessed Sandusky having anal sex. Curley and Schultz never report the incident to authorities.

April 15, 2005: Gricar, the Centre County DA, disappears after a trip to Lewisburg, Pa. His car is later found parked in a lot and his computer and hard drive are found in the Susquehanna River. The twice-divorced Gricar, 59, is never seen or heard from again. “It’s literally a mystery,” Bellefonte Borough Police Chief Shawn Weaver tells the Daily News in 2011. “The man vanished, period. No human trace has been found. There’s only one of three things that could have happened to him — a suicide, homicide or he just walked away.”

2007: According to the grand jury report, during the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with boy known as Victim 1. Victim 1 stays overnight at Sandusky’s home, and later testifies that Sandusky performs oral sex on him multiple times. Sandusky also brings Victim 1 onto PSU campus even though he was barred from bringing boys to the university after alleged 2002 incident.

Spring 2008: Victim 1 terminates contact with Sandusky, while a freshman at a Clinton County high school, according to grand jury report.

2009: Then-Pennsylvania attorney general Tom Corbett begins sexual abuse investigation of Sandusky.

September 2010: Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile.

Summer 2011: Lara Gricar, adopted daughter of Ray Gricar, successfully files petition to have her father declared deceased.

Nov. 5, 2011: Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Curley and Schultz are charged with perjury and failure to report the allegations.

Nov. 7, 2011: Pennsylvania attorney general Linda Kelly holds a press conference. She says Paterno is not a target of the investigation. Curley and Schultz surrender on charges and step down from their posts — Curley goes on administrative leave, while Schultz retires. State police chief Frank Noonan says there are “no heroes” in the investigation. Both Kelly and Noonan encourage other victims to come forward.

Nov. 8, 2011: Penn State cancels Paterno’s weekly press conference. Paterno tells reporters, “We’ll try to do it as soon as we can.” Reports swirl that Paterno will be ousted by Board of Trustees.

Nov. 9, 2011: Paterno announces he’ll retire at the end of the season. Late that evening, Board of Trustees votes to oust Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier in an announcement made by Board’s vice-chairman John Surma. Defensive coordinator Tom Bradley is named interim head coach. Riots erupt in the streets, as angry students throw rocks, tip over a TV news van and shout support for Paterno.

Nov. 10, 2011: University announces McQueary, a receivers coach with the team, will not be in attendance for Nov. 12 home game against Nebraska, due to threats the State College native has received.

Nov. 11, 2011: McQueary is placed on administrative leave.

Nov. 12, 2011: Despite late comeback, Penn State falls to Nebraska, 17-14, in first game since scandal hits.

GRAND JURY REPORT in Jerry Sandusky Case JOEPA FIRED: Legendary Penn State coach out Lupica: Focus on those lost to the Lions PHOTO GALLERY: Penn State returns to the gridiron END ZONE: Sex abuse survivors talk about Penn State scandal PHOTO GALLERY: Paterno’s legacy gets sacked Happy Valley Mystery: DA disappeared in 200.



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3 Responses to Timeline in Penn State Child Sexual Abuse Case

  1. little nel says:

    The latest defense tactic from Sandusky’s lawyer is that Sandusky pushed them (the accusers) too hard for excellence, so they “reacted” by claiming sexual abuse.

    I knew it… how can we expect “troubled boys” to react to prompting of standards of excellence by a mentor?
    By making false claims of sexual abuse against the “man of high standards” who mentored them.

    They rebelled against an authority figure. There we have it. This is empirical proof that they were “troubled” and “at risk” before they met Jerry Sandusky…and that Jerry is the real victim.

    • Alethea says:

      His attorney must have worked on cases of “false memory syndrome” because that defense sounds pretty similar to the one used by parents, and their attorneys, in cases of repression for sexual abuse. The lie in those cases was to say that the adult children, who remembered sexual abuse after years of having repressed it, and who were also once very close with the parents…were accusing the parent of incest because the parent pushed them too hard to excel, and the close bond caused the adult accuser to decide to react to that close bond, and that push for excellence….by making up incest stories.

      This defense has NO psychological support, no common sense support, and smells of desperation.

  2. andrewinter_2000@yahoo.com says:

    The Centre County district attorney Ray Gricar needs to be hung for conspiracy. These people need to be ass whooped hard, by the mob and lynched. I pray for the day it happens.
    I dont get the attraction for young children. We live on a very sick planet.

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