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PENN STATE SCANDAL
- Report: Pa. child agency opens Sandusky cases
- Report: Paterno resisted player discipline
- Sandusky’s lawyer anticipates more charges
- Bradley would like coaching job full-time
- Ex-FBI director to lead Penn State probe
- Penn St. reports additional 2000 assault
- CEO: Second Mile examining its options
- New athletic director sets ‘core values’ goal
- Penn State trustees hire law firm
- Lawyer: Client will testify to sex abuse
- Source: McQueary stopped alleged assault
- Text of McQueary email
- Sandusky claims innocence in NBC interview
- Review: Paterno pension could top $500K
- Senator seeks hearing in wake of scandal
- Drehs: No easy answers for McQueary
- CEO of Sandusky’s Second Mile charity quits
- Drehs: Fans had difficult balancing act
- McQueary placed on administrative leave
- Lawyer: Legal teams may use loophole
- Top recruit decommits, citing scandal
- McQueary may have whistle-blower status
- Merrill: No one, it seems, knows Sandusky
- Lawyer: Victims could become scapegoats
- Paterno, Spanier fired from Penn State
- Angry students flood streets | Surreal
- Parent: School could’ve prevented abuse
- Key players in Penn State saga | Timeline
- PDF: Sandusky grand jury transcript
- Statement from Lou Holtz
- Penn State blog coverage | Podcast
The Penn State Scandal, Piece by Piece
Lastest Update: Nov. 15 – Sandusky denies wrongdoing »
The sexual abuse scandal that has shaken Penn State has a host of characters and a history that spans decades. In this interactive, you can explore the timeline of the case and focus on the people involved.
Below are the major events in chronological order. On the left, you can sort the events of the scandal by the people who were involved in them.
Sources: Pennsylvania Attorney General’s office; grand jury presentment in investigation of sexual abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky; Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; Penn State University; the Associated Press. Interactive by Chris Kirk. More on the Penn State Scandal.
Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State as a defensive line coach.
A sign outside the Second Mile headquarters in State College
Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families. In the 90s, the program becomes a means for Sandusky to sexually abuse boys.
Boy known as Victim 7 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at about the age of 10. The boy regularly sleeps at Sandusky’s house on Friday nights before home games and attends those games with him. When he stays at Sandusky’s house, Sandusky sometimes cuddles with him. They work out and shower together regularly.
Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.
Boy known as Victim 5 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade. He attends several football games with Sandusky. Once, Sandusky takes him to the locker rooms and, after briefly exercising, said that they needed to shower. Uncomfortable, Victim 5 chooses a shower far away from Sandusky’s. Sandusky begins to molest him, but the boy leaves the shower and gets dressed. Sandusky never touches him again and stops inviting him to football games.
Sandusky singles out Victim 4, then 12 or 13, during the boy’s second year in The Second Mile. Sandusky molested the boy several times in the showers at Penn State, in hotel rooms at the Toftrees Golf Resort and Conference Center in Centre County, where the football team and staff stayed before home football games.
Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.
Sandusky takes Victim 6 to the gym when he is 11 years old. After working out, Sandusky persuades the boy to shower with him. While they shower, Sandusky hugs the boy. When Sandusky drops Victim 6 at home, his hair is still wet. His mother finds out that Sandusky showered with her son. She reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.
“I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”
Sandusky to Victim 6’s mother, according to Schreffler’s testimony
1998 – May 13
According to Detective Ronald Schreffler’s testimony, he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys. When she asks if Sandusky touched her son’s genitals, he says, “I don’t think so…maybe.” The mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again, but he refuses. She tells Sandusky that he cannot see her son anymore.
According to the testimony of Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and Sandusky admits to showering naked with Victim 6, to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and that it was wrong. Schreffler advises Sandusky not to shower with a boy again. Sandusky says he will not. The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.
Sandusky at the Alamo Bowl game against Texas A&M on Dec. 28, 1999
1999 – December
Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky’s wife, as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and 1999 Alamo Bowl. When Victim 4 resists his sexual advances, Sandusky threatens to send the boy home from the Alamo Bowl.
Jerry Sandusky with Joe Paterno in 1999
1999 – January
Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status. He remained affiliated with The Second Mile.
Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade. Sandusky invites him to go places with him, such as his house, football games and the gym. At the gym, Sandusky and Victim 3 would exercise and shower together, and in the shower Sandusky would pat him, rub the boy’s shoulders, wash his hair and give him bear hugs. When staying at Sandusky’s house, Sandusky would rub his shoulders, blow on his stomach, tickle him, and touch his genitals through his shorts.
Jim said he had “fought in the [Korean] war…seen people with their guts blowed out, arms dismembered…I just witnessed something in there I’ll never forget.”
A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building on campus with a boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. Calhoun, deeply disturbed, approaches his janitorial coworkers in tears and tells them what he saw. The employees fear they may lose their jobs if they report the incident but persuade Calhoun to tell Jay Witherite, Calhoun’s immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report.
2002 – March
Mike McQueary, then a Penn State grad assistant, enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. McQueary immediately tells his father, who advises him to inform Coach Joe Paterno.
Tim Curley, former Penn State athletic director
2002 – March
McQueary tells Paterno that he saw Sandusky molest a young boy. Paterno relays the story to Athletic Director Tim Curley.
Gary Schultz, former Penn State senior vice president for finance and business
2002 – March
Later in the month, Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz call McQueary to a meeting, where McQueary tells them he saw Sandusky sexually assault the boy. Curley and Schultz say they will investigate the matter.
Years later, Curley testifies during the grand jury investigation that McQueary did not describe Sandusky’s conduct as sexual but merely “horsing around.” Schultz testifies that he got the impression of sexual misconduct but not anal intercourse, but adds that he and Curley “had no indication that a crime had occurred.” The grand jury determined both of these claims to be materially false statements.
2002 – March
Curley and Schultz agree to prohibit Sandusky from bringing any Second Mile children into the football building, a ban that Curley later describes in his testimony as unenforceable. Curley reports the incident to the executive director of The Second Mile, Jack Raykovitz.
Spanier in 2001
Curley informs University President Graham Spanier of the incident with victim 2, and Spanier approves of barring Sandusky from bringing boys into the locker room. According to Spanier’s testimony, Curley does not tell him that Sandusky had sexually abused the victim but had rather been merely “horsing around” in the shower.
2005 – March
Boy known as Victim 1 says that he meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.
During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa., and taking him to professional and college sporting events. Sandusky began regularly molesting the boy when he stayed over, performing oral sex on him more than 20 times through 2007 and early 2008.
When Victim 1 enters his freshman year at Central Valley High School in Clinton County, he stops seeing Sandusky. Victim 1’s mother finds out about the sexual assaults and calls the school to report them. Sandusky is barred from the school district attended by Victim 1 from that day forward and the matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law. Her report leads to an investigation into Sandusky.
After Sandusky sexually assaults boys through The Second Mile for more than 15 years, Victim 1’s mother reports the sexual assault of her son and the boy tells police of Sandusky’s assaults, prompting the Pennsylvania attorney general to begin an investigation.
2010 – September
Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile, saying he wants to spend more time with family and handle personal matters.
2011 – November 5
Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly
2011 – November 7
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the investigation of how the school handled the accusations. But she refuses to say the same for University President Graham Spanier.
2011 – November 7
Curley and Schultz, who have stepped down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky.
2011 – November 7
Calls for an ouster of Paterno and Spanier grow in state and beyond. Penn State abruptly cancels Paterno’s regular weekly press conference.
2011 – November 9
The Penn States board of trustees fires both Paterno and Spanier, one of the nation’s longest-serving college presidents. Earlier in the day, Paterno announced he’d retire at the end of the season. In the end, he didn’t have that choice. Penn State students rally and riot in anger over the news.
2011 – November 10
Rod Erickson, iterim president of Penn State, outlines a plan to trustees to “get the university back moving again.” The university issues a statement that assistant coach Mike McQueary will not be coaching Saturday’s game because of threats that have been made against him. The 32-member board of trustees searches for a new president.
2011 – November 11
Several thousand people gather at Penn State for a candlelight vigil to pray for Sandusky’s alleged victims.
Jay Raykovitz, former president and CEO of The Second Mile
2011 – November 14
The president and CEO of The Second Mile, Jack Raykovitz, who has headed the organization for 28 years, steps down.
“Jerry Sandusky is a big overgrown kid.”
Sandusky’s attorney on NBC News’ “Rock Center”
2011 – November 14
Sandusky tells NBC News’ “Rock Center” that he is not a pedophile but, in retrospect, should not have showered with the boys he’s charged with sexually assaulting. “I enjoy young people, I love to be around them, but, no, I’m not sexually attracted to young boys,” Sandusky says.
As a child who was molested and raped this is near and dear to me, I hate all child molesters period- agentleman
As we try to process all the sordid and unbelievable details of the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal, it’s hard not to wonder what his wife must be going through right now. I can only imagine she is as horrified and shocked as the rest of the world, as most any wife would be. But I also wonder if she is now looking back on the past 15 years and questioning how she couldn’t have seen the clues more clearly. We know very little about Dottie Sandusky or the couple’s relationship. Yet if you read the grand jury’s indictment (not recommended for those with weak stomachs), it’s hard to believe that she or one of their six adopted kids or anyone else close to the family didn’t suspect something was off with this guy if everything they say about him is true.
Much of Sandusky’s grooming (and some of the assaults) of his victims ages 8 to 15 occurred in Sandusky’s own home, at family events, or at times and in ways that you’d think any observant family member — or even anyone associated with him — would have surely stopped herself to think, “Hmm, isn’t that behavior a little strange?”
This is not a judgement of Dottie Sandusky or her family. Who knows what their relationship is like, what was going on in that house, or the depth of Sandusky’s attempts to conceal his true intentions with those boys. But hearing the details of this story, I can’t help but consider how I myself would have acted if Sandusky had been my husband. I’d like to think I would have seen the writing on the wall somewhere along the line.
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Clue 1: Several of Sandusky’s eight alleged victims had stayed overnight in Sandusky’s family’s “basement room” on numerous occasions. “Victim 1 (11 or 12 at the time) testified that Sandusky had a practice of coming into the basement after he had told Victim 1 it was time to go to bed.” Sandusky would then help the boy crack his back by crawling into bed with him and rolling under the boy so they were face to face and then running his hands up and down the child’s back …
I don’t know about other wives, but I always have general sense of where my husband is and what he is doing close to bedtime. Either because he tells me, or I just know. If he’d been consistently visiting the boys in the basement at night after lights out, I’d know, and I’d start to get a little concerned, no matter what story I was given as to the reason.
Clue 2: “Victim 4 (12 or 13) often accompanied Sandusky to various charity golf outings and would frequently share accommodations with him on these outings.”
Whenever my husband goes away on a trip, I ask for all the details. Not because I think something sordid is going on, just because I relish all the details of his experience — how he slept, what he ate, what he did. No guarantees it would come up, but I would think I would have surely asked about my husband’s young guest and what the sleeping arrangements were.
Clue 3: All those cell phone calls. “… attorney general … testified concerning phone records that established 61 phone calls from Sandusky’s home phone to Victim 1′s home phone … and 57 calls from Sandusky’s cell phone to Victim 1′s home phone.”
Um, that’s a lot of calls. Even to a troubled kid, as many of Sandusky’s supposed victims were. Not sure how it works in other people’s homes, but it’s kind hard to miss that many calls to the same phone number on the phone bill. It’s entirely possible that Sandusky’s phone bill was handled through his business or organization, but someone — if not his wife — had to notice that.
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Clue 4: Just hanging around young boys so much in general.
Some people in this world are truly altruistic people who love children and want to devote every waking second helping to make their lives better. Not every coach, or teacher, or pastor, or anyone who has a love and interest in a child is a child molester, of course not! But Sandusky has six children of his own — if he was spending so much time with these at-risk children, taking them to games, coaching them at their schools, spending time with them in his home, when did he find the time for his own kids? Did his own kids feel slighted in any way?
I know hindsight is 20-20 but there were just SO many things that seemed very out of place here, over such a long period of time, and as a person with strong intuition, it’s just hard to believe that no one in the family or close to it didn’t notice anything wrong with this very sick picture and say something.
If all these allegations are true, do you think it’s really possible that Sandusky’s family was totally in the dark about his activities with young boys spanning 15 years? Do you think you would have seen the signs?
© 2011, agentleman.