On Friday afternoon, forty criminal charges related to a lengthy child molestation investigation were filed against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The criminal docket sheet can be accessed here (PDF), thanks to PennLive.
Sandusky retired following the 1999 season -- and received a hero's send-off after a 24-0 shutout of Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl. Many of the charges against Sandusky involve crimes allegedly committed prior to his retirement, and go back as far as 1996. Four of the eight victims named in the complaint reported that their assaults occurred while Sandusky was still on the Penn State coaching staff.
This morning, it was revealed that current Penn State Director of Athletics Tim Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business at Penn State Gary Schultz, whose duties included overseeing the Penn State police unit, are now charged with Perjury and Failure to Report under Pennsylvania's child protective services law. Curley has been the PSU athletic director since 1993. Schultz retired from his post in 2009, but continues on an interim basis.
As of this writing, sources tell the Patriot-News' Sara Ganim that Joe Paterno is not expected to be charged.
Those are the basics. Now, some of the incredibly ugly details:
I set out writing this post with the intention of detailing the allegations against Sandusky. I'm not going to do that, because frankly, the details are so disgusting and explicit that nobody would ever be able to read this site from work again. The Grand Jury report and recommendation, which contains all of the allegations against the involved parties, is accessible through the Pennsylvania Attorney General website. Take this warning very seriously: it is unspeakably awful.
Therefore, I ask a favor of everyone: be cognizant of what details you post in the comments. Like I said, people read this site from computers and accounts that are scrupulously monitored. This isn't hiding from the details of the crimes, just a request to be smart and keep BSD available to all of our readers. Thanks.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly released the following statements this morning:
"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,"Kelly said. "It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who 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."
Which is the nicest thing that can be said about this situation. According to the allegations in the Grand Jury Presentation, Sandusky supplied his victims with a variety of gifts including cash, sporting equipment, access to Penn State facilities and events, and more in order to keep them close. The alleged repeated use of PSU facilities to perform these acts is disturbing and beyond damning to those in charge in Happy Valley.
One particularly gruesome incident involves "Victim #2" in the grand jury report, a boy estimated to be about 10 years old who was allegedly found by a PSU graduate assistant being sexually assaulted by Sandusky in the Lasch Building showers in March 2002. It is this incident where Joe Paterno, Graham Spanier, Curley, and Schultz are most prominently involved.
This is over-inclusion, but important as to not mischaracterize the allegations. From the Grand Jury presentation (quoting this as an image, not text, which I hope skirts any Google search issues):
And that's one victim of eight. The charges against Sandusky, including their grade and the alleged years of offenses:
Endangering welfare of children
Four third-degree felony charges (1996, 1996, 2000, 2005)
Four first-degree misdemeanors (1998, 1998, 2000, 2002)
Corruption Of Minors
Eight first-degree misdemeanors (1998, 1998, 1998, 1998, 2000, 2000, 2002, 2005)
Unlawful contact with minor
Four first-degree felony charges (1998, 2000, 2002, 2005)
Four third-degree felony charges (1998, 1998, 1998, 2000)
Two first-degree misdmeanors (1996, 1998)
Five second-degree misdemeanors (1995, 1996, 2000, 2000, 2002)
One third-degree felony (2005)
Aggravated indecent assault
One second-degree felony (1996)
Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse
Eight first-degree felonies (1996, 1996, 1996, 1996, 2000, 2002, 2005, 2005)
We're all still trying to digest this information as best we can. If there are any factual errors in this post, I trust you'll let me know.
Obviously, there is a presumption of innocence in our criminal justice system, and I'd kindly ask each of you to keep that in mind. The volume and details of the allegations are, however, inescapable -- very much including the alleged actions of the Penn State administrators in covering this up.
Needless to say, we are all sick about this, and not because it happened at Penn State (although that is certainly what brings it into our collective crosshairs). This isn't free tattoos or a booster handing a no-show summer job to the starting quarterback. It's alleged, systemic ignorance and enabling of the worst kind of predator, and the incarceration or firing of those responsible will only provide a scant fraction of justice for the involved parties.