67 year old Gerald Arthur “Jerry” Sandusky was a legend at Penn State.
Sandusky (pictured left) served as an assistant coach under Joe Paterno, and was one of the most notable major college football coaches to never have held a head coaching position. He was honored with Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 1986 and 1999. When Sandusky retired in 1999 he continued to use the school’s facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk children and hosted many summer football camps at Penn State. His son’s, Jon and E.J. followed thier father into football where they now serve as Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns and an assistant football coach at West Chester University.
But on Friday Nov 4th, Pennsylvania’s attorney general indicted Sandusky with 40 charges of sex crimes against young boys, following a three-year investigation into allegations that he had inappropriate contact with a 15-year-old boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old.
“This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,” Pennsylvania State Attorney General Linda Kelly.said
Also among the allegations was a 2002 incident in which a graduate assistant for the team said he saw Sandusky assault a boy in the shower at the Nittany Lions’ practice center.
According to the indictment, in 2002 a Penn State graduate assistant walked in on Sandusky having intercourse with a ten-year-old boy. The next day, he reported the incident to Paterno, who informed the school. Ultimately, the only action the school took was to order Sandusky not to bring any children from Second Mile to the football building–an action that was approved by school president Graham Spanier
The indictment goes on to say “Through the Second Mile, Sandusky had access to hundreds of boys, many of whom were vulnerable due to their social situations,” the grand jury report said.
Sandusky was arraigned on Saturday and released after posting $100,000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for November 9.
The scandal reaches into the upper echelons of the Penn State athletic organization.
Sandusky, nor his family have made no comments
*Many thanks to gsturk1 for the tip