Jerry Sandusky is a former assistant coach at Penn State University. He is charged with 40 counts of sexually assaulting at least 8 young boys over a fifteen year time span. He was confronted on campus by a mother twice. Campus police “listened in” on one of those conversations. She asked Sandusky to promise he would never shower with a boy again. He refused. Campus police heard it, but the investigation went nowhere. According to the Grand Jury report linked below, some of the abuse happened in Sandusky’s home. He is married, has six adopted children and took in foster children as well.
Creepy Update 11-15-11:Â In an interview with Bob Costas last night, Amendola hints that they have found one of the victims that the prosecutor (the Commonwealth) has not been able to find. Amendola says he would absolutely trust his children to be with Sandusky. Easy to say when that will never need to be proven.
Joseph Amendola: We expect we’re going to have a number of kids, now how many of those so-called eight kids we’re not sure, but we anticipate we’re going to have at least several of those kids come forward and say, “this never happened. This is me, this is the allegation, it never occurred.” In fact, one of the toughest allegations, the McQueary violations, what McQueary said he saw, we have information that that child says that never happened. Now, grown up. Now the person is in his 20s. (read the details here)
UPDATE 11-14-11: Sandusky: Innocent of Pedophilia – Guilty of Showering
Sandusky resigned his position in 1999 after Paterno told him he would not be head coach (see link to Grand Jury Report below), but was allowed to run a charitable organization for “troubled boys” out of the Penn State facilities even after 1998, and after reports of a 2002 incident of Sandusky having alleged anal sex with a 10-year-old boy in a university shower.
Tim Curley, the athletic director and Gary Schultz, Senior Vice President, are facing perjury charges. Coach Joe Paterno was allegedly told of the shower incident by a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary. Paterno says he then told Curley what the graduate assistant told him, but Paterno did not go to Child Protective Services or police. No one went to police or Child Protective Services. Â McQueary now serves on Paterno’s staff. He says he personally told both Curley and Schultz, in separate meetings, what he saw in the locker room shower. Paterno was not in that meeting.
McQueary later told Curley and Schultz in a separate meeting — Paterno was not present — that he witnessed what he believed to be Sandusky having anal sex with the boy in the Lasch Building showers.
Following that incident, Sandusky was told by Curley not to bring children onto the campus, yet the coach was seen at a Penn State practice with a 12- or-13-year-old boy as recently as 2007.
Nevertheless, Sandusky was seen on campus with young teens in 2007.
As far back as 1998, Sandusky was the subject of a sexual investigation by university police, but the case was closed when then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar “decided there would be no criminal charges.”
Two University police detectives -Â Ronald ShrefflerÂ andÂ Ralph RalstonÂ - eavesdropped on two conversations the mother of one of Sandusky’s victims had with Sandusky in May 1998. The mother confronted Sandusky about him showering with her son and the effect the incident had on the boy. The detectives testified that the mother asked Sandusky to promise never to shower with a boy again, but that Sandusky refused.
According to the detectives’ testimony, Sandusky told the mother after the second conversation, “I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were dead.”
In 2000, another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him, the grand jury said.
“The janitors observed a sex act in the shower but because they were afraid of losing their jobs they didn’t report it,” Noonan said.
Sandusky was reportedly still hanging out at the University as late as last week – working out in the Lasch Football Building. In an article by Dan Wetzel, those who saw Sandusky there recently wanted to remain anonymous. Â He is charged with 40 counts of sexual
ReadÂ the Grand Jury report here:
Victim 1 eventually was able to cut off contact with Sandusky with his mother’s help but the predator came to the boy’s high school and would have him called out of class to meet with him in a conference room. A wrestling coach at the high school saw some things that he thought odd.
Victim 3 was also invited to Sandusky’s home, and he also had sleep-overs.
The investigation revealed the existence of Victim 4, a boy who was repeatedly subjected to Involuntary Deviate Sexual Intercourse and Indecent Assault at the hands of Sandusky.
The assaults on Victim 4 happened on the Penn State campus, in the football building and at a golf resort where the team and staff stayed. Victim 4 attended Sandusky family events that included Sandusky’s adopted children, and became a “fixture” in the Sandusky house.
Victim 6 arrived home after a shower where Sandusky intruded. His hair was wet. His mother asked him about it. She was very upset to learn that Sandusky entered the shower with her son. She went to University Police. The boy was 11 years old at the time.
Victim 8 was viewed in the shower pinned to the wall with Sandusky performing oral sex on him. A janitor witnessed, and another janitor then witnessed two sets of feet in the shower. The janitor who viewed the act was later cleaning the shower Sandusky used and was found shaking and crying. The janitor did not know who Sandusky was.
Jerry Sandusky is out on a mere $100,000 bail. While he is innocent until proven otherwise, the Grand Jury report and the number of witnesses alone, should keep this man off the streets until his trial is finished.
There has to be a way to keep predators off the streets. We can start with never ignoring obvious signs, such as viewing a vile act of a predator on a child. Once we get them in prison, they should never set foot on a public street again.
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