Just hours after two football players were cited for their involvement in an off-campus fight over State Patty's Day weekend, the Penn State football program is looking at another possible black eye as the Harrisburg Patriot-News reports Thursday that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is under investigation.
Penn State football legend Jerry Sandusky is the subject of a grand jury investigation into allegations that he indecently assaulted a teenage boy.
According to five people with knowledge of the case, a grand jury meeting in Harrisburg has been hearing testimony for at least 18 months about the allegation, which was made in 2009 by a 15-year-old from Clinton County.
The teen told authorities that Sandusky had inappropriate contact with him over a four-year period, starting when he was 10.
Penn State coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and retired university Vice President and Treasurer Gary Schultz were among those who appeared before the grand jury in January at the attorney general’s Strawberry Square office complex, according to a person with knowledge of the investigation.
The report outlines some of the details surrounding the case as well as another alleged incident in 1998, shortly before Sandusky left the Penn State program in 1999.
Obviously, this is a delicate situation, so we're going to leave it at that for now.
UPDATE: Genaro C. Armas of the Associated Press reports Sandusky is maintaining his innocence through his attorney.
A message left by The Associated Press at a number listed for Sandusky in State College was not immediately returned. His lawyer, Joseph Amendola, said in a statement that Sandusky maintained his innocence and was disappointed the newspaper published a story "prior to any determination by the Attorney General's Office that he did anything inappropriate at all."
"While Jerry has been aware of an ongoing investigation by the Attorney General's Office for many months dating back to 2009, he has steadfastly maintained his innocence throughout this ordeal," Amendola said.
Speculation across the Penn State sphere has been off the charts in the last few hours. We here at BSD are going to let the facts play out and let you decide.