Sandusky Guilty, Penn State Woes Far From Over
On June 22, 2012, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, 68, was found guilty of sexually molesting 10 young boys over a 15 year period. As reported by NBC, The Huffington Post, and several other news outlets; a Pennsylvania jury found Sandusky guilty of 45 of the 48 child sex abuse charges brought against him.
Sandusky currently awaits sentencing; the former coach faces the possibility of life in prison. He continues to maintain his innocence.
Is Penn State Responsible?
While the criminal trial may be drawing to a close, the ramifications of the verdict are likely to impact the victims, the college, and the community for years to come.
Former Penn State athletic director Tim Curly and former finance official Gary Schultz are awaiting trial on perjury charges for lying to a grand jury about the case and for failing to properly report an eyewitness account of alleged sexual abuse. The outcome of these trials is thought to be an important factor in the civil litigation relating to the case as it may highlight Penn State’s liability. A majority of the victims were sexually abused on Penn State’s campus and a number of new victims were abused after the Spring Semester of 2001 (when Mike McQuery told top school officials he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in the locker room showers.)
At least one victim has already filed a civil lawsuit against Sandusky, Penn State, and the Second Mile (the charity Sandusky founded which gave him access to victims) and several more are reportedly scheduled to follow.
Background on the Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal
- Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested in November 2011 and charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.
- He has been accused of hand-selecting his victims from the Second Mile, a charity he started for at-risk youth.
- Sandusky’s arrest led to the firing of Penn State University President Graham Spanier and long-time head football coach, Joe Paterno.
- Former athletic director, Tim Curly, and former vice president of finance, Gary Schultz also left their posts at the school and were charged with perjury for allegedly lying in their grand jury testimony about an incident witnessed by former graduate student Mike McQueary.
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