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Penn State Scandal

Posted by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 6:59 AM
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2 step down at PSU over sex scandal
Paterno states he is shocked by charges, urges fans to stay calm
Monday, November 07, 2011
By Sadie Gurman and Karen Kane, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Penn State coach Joe Paterno, shown in 1999 with then-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, left.

Two high-ranking Penn State University officials requested to step down so they could defend themselves against allegations of a cover-up of a child sex abuse scandal, the university announced after an emergency meeting of its board of trustees late Sunday night.

The scandal involves charges that head football coach Joe Paterno's former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, sexually assaulted eight boys over a 15-year period.

Athletics director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business, are charged with perjury and failing to report the alleged assault on campus of one boy after being told about it by Mr. Paterno, who heard about it from then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary in 2002. That assault supposedly occurred in a football locker room shower. Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz deny any wrongdoing.


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Sandusky presentment
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Mr. Curley asked to be placed on administrative leave and Mr. Schultz will step down and return to retirement, university President Graham Spanier said. Mr. Spanier declined to comment to reporters after the meeting.

Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz were charged Saturday after a grand jury investigation of Mr. Sandusky. Lawyers for all three men have said they're innocent.

University spokesman Bill Mahon said resignations of Mr. Paterno and Mr. Spanier weren't discussed at the board's meeting, which was arranged Sunday and lasted two hours, The Associated Press reported.

Senior associate athletics director Mark Sherburne will serve as interim athletic director until Mr. Curley's legal situation is resolved, board chairman Steve Garban said.

Earlier Sunday, Mr. Paterno said he was shocked by sex abuse charges levied against Mr. Sandusky and accusations of lying against two university officials, but he cautioned that the legal process was still unfolding and asked "Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents."

"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters," Mr. Paterno said in a statement his family released Sunday night. "While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred."

He said he and his wife, Sue, had devoted their lives to helping young people reach their potential.

"The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true, we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families," he said.

Mr. Paterno referred to his testimony before a grand jury that the graduate assistant, who has since been identified as Mr. McQueary, current team wide receiver coach and recruiting coordinator, told him in March 2002 that he witnessed an incident in a locker room shower. But Mr. Paterno told the grand jury that he was not informed of the specific details of the alleged actions described in the panel's 23-page report on its findings.

The assistant testified that he witnessed what he believed to be Mr. Sandusky subjecting a boy who appeared to be about 10 years old to anal sex in the shower.

"It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the grand jury report," Mr. Paterno said. "Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators."

Mr. Paterno is not implicated in the case. Mr. Curley, 57, and Mr. Schultz, 62, both charged with felony perjury, are expected to surrender and be arraigned today before District Judge Marsha Stewart in Harrisburg. Prosecutors said they tried to mislead the grand jury investigating Mr. Sandusky.

The grand jury described a wide-ranging pattern of sexual misconduct against boys who Mr. Sandusky met during his involvement with The Second Mile, a charity he founded that runs programs for at-risk children. Grand jury testimony by his alleged victims outlines a pattern in which he would befriend them and then assault them repeatedly over the years.

Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for state Attorney General Linda Kelly's office, said Sunday that he was unsure how children get involved in The Second Mile program. The office has scheduled a news conference for today in Harrisburg. Each of Mr. Sandusky's alleged victims became acquainted with him through The Second Mile, which he founded in 1977 while he was defensive coordinator of the football team. Lawyers for Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz have said their clients are innocent.

On Sunday, Mr. Schultz's attorney, Thomas J. Farrell, said it was his understanding that a state law requiring some school officials to report suspected child abuse to authorities does not apply to his client. That's because the law "applies only to children under the care and supervision of the organization for which he works," and that is the university, not The Second Mile, Mr. Farrell said.

Mr. Curley's lawyer, Caroline Roberto, could not be reached for comment Sunday but said in a statement Saturday that, "We will vigorously challenge the charges in court, and we are confident he will be exonerated."

Penn State said it will pay the attorney fees for Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley because the case concerns their work as university employees. There is no indication that either has been suspended.

Mr. Sandusky, who retired as a coach in 1999 but was allowed to keep an office at the Lasch Football Building, was banned in 2002 from bringing Second Mile children onto campus.

He was himself banned from campus Sunday. PSU spokeswoman Lisa Powers did not explain why the university did not take sanctions against him earlier, nor did she say why Penn State President Graham Spanier did not inquire further or ask for an investigation after he heard allegations of Mr. Sandusky's alleged locker room assault.

She also would not describe the university's affiliation with The Second Mile, nor would she say whether PSU plans to continue any affiliation with the program.

The grand jury's report says that Wendell Courtney was an attorney for both the university and The Second Mile in 1998, when university police and the Centre County district attorney's office investigated other reports of Mr. Sandusky having inappropriate contact with young boys on campus. Mr. Courtney still represents The Second Mile, the report says, and he could not be reached for comment Sunday.

Mr. Courtney's law firm was replaced last year by the university's first in-house general counsel, Cynthia Baldwin. Ms. Baldwin is a Pittsburgh native and Penn State trustee who served as a Pennsylvania Supreme Court justice from 2006 to 2008 and previously served in several divisions of Allegheny County Common Pleas Court. She declined to comment Sunday.

The Harrisburg Patriot News reported over the weekend that state Sen. Jeffrey Piccola, R-Dauphin County, wants university trustees to investigate whether Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz allegedly failed to report the alleged child sexual abuse.

Gov. Tom Corbett was the state attorney general when the investigation of Mr. Sandusky began. His spokesman, Kevin Harley, said Sunday that Mr. Corbett "knew everything about the case up until he became governor" but added that the governor would not comment before Ms. Kelly's news conference today.

On Wednesday night, the university board of trustees is expected to attend the Renaissance Fund dinner in honor of Mr. Spanier and his wife. The board will hold its regular public meeting on Friday.

The grand jury presentment documents a series of possible failures to respond by school officials and other adults who became aware of individual incidents over the 15-year period.

There were janitors who didn't officially report incidents they allegedly witnessed for fear of losing their jobs.

And Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz reportedly denied during their grand jury testimony that they were told that Mr. McQueary had reported that he had witnessed a sex act.

Mr. Curley termed the conduct "horsing around" and Mr. Schultz called the incident "not that serious."

Reports of that incident made it to the top of the university, though it's unclear what words were used to describe it to the president. In the end, Mr. Spanier approved of how Mr. Curley had chosen to deal with the matter: taking away Mr. Sandusky's locker room keys, which he retained as part of his retirement agreement a few years earlier.

The grand jury criticized that lack of action: "[Mr. Schultz] never reported the 2002 incident to the University Police or other police agency, never sought or reviewed a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002. No one from the university did so. Schultz did not ask the graduate assistant for specifics. No one ever did."

The grand jury presentment lays out a litany of missed opportunities to stop the alleged abuse. It says boys spent numerous nights at Mr. Sandusky's home, accompanied him on multiple family and university outings and were the recipients of gifts.

He operated beneath the radar of officials at a Clinton County school that at least one victim attended and where Mr. Sandusky volunteered as an assistant football coach. Then a wrestling coach caught Mr. Sandusky and a boy in an "odd" location after hours, lying on a mat face to face. There's no evidence in the presentment that he told his bosses.

There was a campus police investigation of the1998 incident involving Mr. Sandusky and a youngster in the shower. University officials were aware of the investigation: Mr. Schultz testified before the grand jury that he had known of the case as had Mr. Courtney, the university attorney at the time. But still, no action was taken against Mr. Sandusky.

A police detective did a lengthy investigation after a mother contacted him about the shower incident, but the detective was directed by his boss to close the investigation after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided not to file criminal charges. Mr. Gricar disappeared in 2005 and was declared dead this year.

In another incident, a janitor said he witnessed Mr. Sandusky performing oral sex on a young boy in PSU locker room shower in 2000. When he told his colleagues about the incident, the janitor became so upset they feared he would have a heart attack. But, no one reported it.

In the end, the janitor, a temporary employee, went to his immediate supervisor, who advised him how to proceed if he wanted to take the complaint to the next level. The janitor never did.

Ultimately, state investigators got involved and the grand jury was empaneled after a high school administrator in Clinton County banned Mr. Sandusky from school property and went to the authorities after a distraught mother called him about her son having been assaulted by Mr. Sandusky. The assistant principal acknowledged in his grand jury testimony that he had found Mr. Sandusky's behavior with youths "suspicious."

 

There are so many things wrong with what happened - that the one incident was reported to school officials and no one reported it to the authorities, that these men were more concerned with their football program then with the well-being of defenseless children, that any of them think that not pushing this further was in any way the right thing to do.

What sickens me even more is that this is being made into a commentary on Joe Paterno and not about the fact that these boys were hurt by that disgusting animal.  Should Paterno be held responsible for not reporting this to the police? I don't know, I think he should for depraved indifference - but that's not up to me.  BUT what happened did not happen to Patterno - it happened to those boys and what happened to them seems to be getting forgotten in the slew of Penn State officials throwing blame onto others and denying responsibility, knowledge and claiming they did enough under the law.  If that's the most the law requires then the law needs to be changed to make it a criminal offense to not report sexual assualt to the authorities.

How is a winning football team more important then a childs safety and well-being?  Is football really that important? 

 

EDIT: Just because this keeps getting brought up - http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/049/chapter42/s42.42.html - this is a link to the PA state law on mandated reporting- 

 (a)  General rule. Under 23 Pa.C.S. §  6311 (relating to persons required to report suspected child abuse), licensees who, in the course of the employment, occupation or practice of their profession, come into contact with children shall report or cause a report to be made to the Department of Public Welfare when they have reasonable cause to suspect on the basis of their professional or other training or experience, that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is a victim of child abuse.

 (b)  Staff members of public or private agencies, institutions and facilities. Licensees who are staff members of a medical or other public or private institution, school, facility or agency, and who, in the course of their employment, occupation or practice of their profession, come into contact with children shall immediately notify the person in charge of the institution, school facility or agency or the designated agent of the person in charge when they have reasonable cause to suspect on the basis of their professional or other training or experience, that a child coming before them in their professional or official capacity is a victim of child abuse. Upon notification by the licensee, the person in charge or the designated agent shall assume the responsibility and have the legal obligation to report or cause a report to be made in accordance with subsections (a), (c) and (d).

 (c)  Reporting procedure. Reports of suspected child abuse shall be made by telephone and by written report.

   (1)  Oral reports. Oral reports of suspected child abuse shall be made immediately by telephone to ChildLine, (800) 932-0313.

   (2)  Written reports. Written reports shall be made within 48 hours after the oral report is made by telephone. Written reports shall be made on forms available from a county children and youth social service agency.

 (d)  Written reports. Written reports shall be made in the manner and on forms prescribed by the Department of Public Welfare. The following information shall be included in the written reports, if available:

   (1)  The names and addresses of the child and the parents or other person responsible for the care of the child, if known.

   (2)  Where the suspected abuse occurred.

   (3)  The age and sex of the subjects of the report.

   (4)  The nature and extent of the suspected child abuse including any evidence of prior abuse to the child or siblings of the child.

   (5)  The name and relationship of the persons responsible for causing the suspected abuse, if known, and any evidence of prior abuse by those persons.

   (6)  Family composition.

   (7)  The source of the report.

   (8)  The person making the report and where that person can be reached.

   (9)  The actions taken by the reporting source, including the taking of photographs and X-rays, removal or keeping of the child or notifying the medical examiner or coroner.

   (10)  Other information which the Department of Public Welfare may require by regulation.

 

Authority

   The provisions of this §  42.42 issued under the Child Protective Services Law, 23 Pa.C.S. §  6383(b)(2); and section 5 of the Occupational Therapists Practice Act (63 P. S. §  1505); amended under sections 5(b) and 6(a)(2) of the Occupational Therapy Practice Act (63 P. S. § §  1505(b) and 1506(a)(2)).

 

Source

   The provisions of this §  42.42 adopted November 8, 1996, effective November 9, 1996, 26 Pa.B. 5425; amended December 7, 2001, effective December 8, 2001, 31 Pa.B. 6663. Immediately preceding text appears at serial pages (223111) to (223113).

 

Cross References

   This section cited in 49 Pa. Code §  42.41 (relating to definitions relating to child abuse reporting requirements); 49 Pa. Code §  42.46 (relating to confidentiality—waived); and 49 Pa. Code §  42.47 (relating to noncompliance).


 

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sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:32 AM
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Everyone of them FUCKERS deserve JAIL!

I bet of someone was caught STEALING MONEY their ASS would have called the COPS...

Instead, a man SEES a boy getting RAPED and does NOT call 911

Instead tells JOE PATERNO

WHO says NOTHING until the NEXT DAY when he tells his superior....

RE DAMN DICULOUS!

Anyone raped or abused after that should SUE Joe and the school!

If you SEE a child getting abused, you call 911!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

What REALLY makes me SICK..HUNDREDS of supporters rallied outside Joe "PA's" home last night

BLAH,,,,,RALLY for his VICTIMS!!!!

Radarma
by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:39 AM
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 This whole case has me in quite a funk this week.

Infuriating, really.

Mommas, teach your sons in the SAME WAY you teach your daughters about bad people.

_Bama_
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:41 AM

I think they all need to be fired.  Paterno should have kept on till something was done... he was trying to keep his position and not rock the boat and a child suffered for it.  He should lose his job.

_Bama_
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:43 AM

I know...):  I have started letting Dalt go to the public restrooms by himself now... I hover outside the door..... im just paranoid some sicko is gonna do something....):

Quoting Radarma:

 This whole case has me in quite a funk this week.

Infuriating, really.

Mommas, teach your sons in the SAME WAY you teach your daughters about bad people.


rocketracer
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 9:49 AM

What kind of spinless individual watches a child being raped and doesn't immediately take action to save the child? 

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

Ok, this may sound cold but were these young men over the age of 18?

Can they have been 'molested'? Can adults be molested? Wouldn't this be considered sexual harassment? Can a person who is the age of consent be molested? 

Again, I am asking for clarification. Even if the relationships were consensual it's all around wrong.

Veni.Vidi.Vici.
by on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:29 AM

I see them using words like youngster and I think I missed something, off to read again.

Radarma
by Ruby Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

 

Quoting _Bama_:

I know...):  I have started letting Dalt go to the public restrooms by himself now... I hover outside the door..... im just paranoid some sicko is gonna do something....):

Quoting Radarma:

 This whole case has me in quite a funk this week.

Infuriating, really.

Mommas, teach your sons in the SAME WAY you teach your daughters about bad people.


 I also hover, and have been known to waltz right in that mens room. lol!

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:34 AM

The one that was SEEN getting RAPED was 10

They werent in the college, they were being "HELPED" from an organization that Sandusky started for young boys (8) .....He would bring them to the college

A man that WORKED at the college SAW him RAPING the 10 year old..and a MOM went and complained before,,,,,

Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Ok, this may sound cold but were these young men over the age of 18?

Can they have been 'molested'? Can adults be molested? Wouldn't this be considered sexual harassment? Can a person who is the age of consent be molested? 

Again, I am asking for clarification. Even if the relationships were consensual it's all around wrong.


rocketracer
by Silver Member on Nov. 9, 2011 at 10:35 AM
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Quoting Veni.Vidi.Vici.:

Ok, this may sound cold but were these young men over the age of 18?

Can they have been 'molested'? Can adults be molested? Wouldn't this be considered sexual harassment? Can a person who is the age of consent be molested? 

Again, I am asking for clarification. Even if the relationships were consensual it's all around wrong.

At the time of the molestation the boys were under 18.

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