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1Nov/12Off

Former Penn State President Faces Charges

If you are a witness to a crime and fail to report it, you could face serious criminal charges. The failure to report a crime doesn’t just hurt the victims, it also hurts society. More specifically, you could end up hurting yourself in the short run.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier and two other former administrators were charged Thursday with perjury, obstruction of justice, and endangering children in connection with their handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Patern...

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during warmups prior to the 2006 Homecoming game versus the University of Illinois on Friday, October 20, 2006. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Prosecutors said all three officials knew of complaints involving Sandusky, an assistant football coach, showering with boys in 1998 and 2001 and failed to take action to stop it.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted this summer of 45 criminal counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys. He was sentenced from 30 to 60 years in prison, but has maintained his innocence and is pursuing appeals.

On Wednesday, he was transferred to a prison in southwestern Pennsylvania that includes most of the state’s death row inmates.

The three administrators were accused of turning a blind eye to Sandusky’s “serial predatory acts” — some of which occurred at Penn State athletic facilities — by failing to notify police or even attempt to learn the identity of the victims.

Spanier is charged with five criminal counts, while former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz, who are already charged with perjury and failure to report child abuse, are facing new allegations of conspiracy, obstruction and endangering children.

The attorney general accused them of showing a “callous lack of concern” for the victims.

Curley and Schultz have repeatedly asserted they are innocent, and at a news conference this summer Spanier’s attorneys insisted he was never told there was anything of a sexual nature involving Sandusky and children.

Defense attorneys for the three administrators had no immediate comment Thursday on the latest charges. The defendants were scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

Curley and Schultz are scheduled for trial in January on earlier perjury and failure to report charges.

Penn State spokesman David La Torre said Thursday that Spanier, who continued to serve as a tenured professor after he was fired as president in November, “will be placed on leave, effective immediately.”

The charges against the 64-year-old Spanier involve statements he made to a grand jury in 2011 in which he denied being aware of a university police investigation of Sandusky over a shower incident.

The charges stem in part from evidence uncovered in a report last summer by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who was tasked by the university to investigate the Sandusky case. Spanier and his attorney have denounced the Freeh report.

The report concluded that Spanier, Curley, Schultz and then-coach Joe Paterno concealed Sandusky’s activities from the university trustees and “empowered” the abuse by giving him access to school facilities and the prestige of his university affiliation.

It said the investigation turned up emails from 1998 in which the administrators discussed the matter, including a May 5 email from Curley to Schultz and Spanier, with “Joe Paterno” in the subject line. It read: “I have touched bases with the coach. Keep us posted. Thanks.”

Spanier told the Freeh team that he believed in 2001 that the encounter amounted to “horseplay,” although an email sent by him to Curley at that time reflected a much more somber tone.

In that email, Spanier was reacting to a proposal by Curley in which they would not report Sandusky to authorities but instead tell him he needed help and that he could no longer bring children into Penn State facilities.

Paterno was also fired in the wake of the scandal after 45 years as head coach. He died in January.

If a loved one was the victim of child abuse that could have been caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

11Oct/12Off

Jerry Sandusky’s Victims Will Never Recover

Former Penn State football coach and pedophile Jerry Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison, while his victims will spend the rest of their lives trying to forget their sexual abuse.

Sandusky was ordered to spend at least 30 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing at-risk boys for more than a decade, a sentence likely to keep him behind bars until he dies.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Patern...

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during warmups prior to the 2006 Homecoming game versus the University of Illinois on Friday, October 20, 2006. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Sandusky stood motionless in a red prison jumpsuit, his back to the audience and his wife, Dottie, while Judge John Cleland handed down the 30- to 60-year sentence for crimes that stunned the public, a major university and the world of college sports.

The one-time coach, who has been in solitary confinement, will be at least 98 years old before he is eligible for parole. He will be transferred to the Camp Hill State Correctional Institution for evaluation to determine which of the 25 state prisons will house him.

Several men who testified at trial about their abuse returned to speak at the sentencing.

As they spoke, Sandusky sat back in his chair and stared at them, as he did at trial. His wife chewed gum as she watched.

Afterward, defense attorney Joseph Amendola said Dottie Sandusky was “devastated” by the sentence.

Sandusky’s defense attorneys said they were preparing an appeal of his conviction and contend they were not given enough time to prepare for the high-profile case.

Amendola said he believes Sandusky was railroaded. He blamed tensions among Penn State faculty, trustees and the athletic department as well as a conspiracy by victims looking for money.

The decision to cast a blind eye toward Sandusky has led to harsh consequences for Penn State. Its football program has been penalized; school officials face criminal charges; and the legacy of Joe Paterno, once a towering figure in college sports, has been deeply tarnished.

Paterno and Penn State president Graham Spanier were fired last year for failing to act on what they knew about Sandusky’s behavior. Paterno died in January of lung cancer at age 85.

An investigation commissioned by Penn State trustees said university leaders knew about and covered up Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children in order to protect the football program.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson released a statement saying he hoped the sentence would “provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events.”

The scandal shined a light on the devastating issue of child sexual abuse and raised pointed questions about the motivation of people who knew about Sandusky’s behavior but failed for years to report a top coach vital to building Penn State’s successful and lucrative football program.

If a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

10Oct/12Off

Jerry Sandusky Pays For His Crimes Against Innocence

Former Penn State football coach and pedophile Jerry Sandusky will have a lot to think about for many years to come. He will spend the remaining years of his life in prison for the evil that he perpetuated against innocent boys.

Sandusky was ordered to spend at least 30 years in prison on Tuesday for sexually abusing at-risk boys for more than a decade, a sentence likely to keep him behind bars until he dies.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Patern...

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during warmups prior to the 2006 Homecoming game versus the University of Illinois on Friday, October 20, 2006. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Defiantly maintaining his innocence, the 68-year-old retired defensive coordinator listened as several victims recounted their pain to the packed courtroom.

Sandusky stood motionless in a red prison jumpsuit, his back to the audience and his wife, Dottie, while Judge John Cleland handed down the 30- to 60-year sentence for crimes that stunned the public, a major university and the world of college sports.

The one-time coach, who has been in solitary confinement, will be at least 98 years old before he is eligible for parole. He will be transferred to the Camp Hill State Correctional Institution for evaluation to determine which of the 25 state prisons will house him.

Because his conviction as a child molester makes him a target, he will likely be placed in isolation or protective custody. He will hold a job that pays 19 to 52 cents an hour, probably as a clerical worker, and be allowed five visits a month. Pennsylvania does not offer conjugal prison visits. That’s good news for young boys.

Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sex abuse for molesting 10 boys over 15 years, some in the football team’s showers on campus.

His victims accused him of fondling and oral and anal abuse. One recalled screaming in vain for help in the basement of Sandusky’s home. Most experts said the sentence was fair.

The scandal shined a light on the devastating issue of child sexual abuse and raised pointed questions about the motivation of people who knew about Sandusky’s behavior but failed for years to report a top coach vital to building Penn State’s successful and lucrative football program.

If a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.

9Oct/12Off

Jerry Sandusky Goes To Prison

Penn State pedophile Jerry Sandusky will spend the remaining years of his life in prison for the evil that he perpetuated against innocent boys.

Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday morning to 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing young boys, but not before giving a rambling statement in front of the judge for about 15 minutes.

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Patern...

Penn State Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno on the sideline during warmups prior to the 2006 Homecoming game versus the University of Illinois on Friday, October 20, 2006. Taken by me. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“For the rest of your life,” Judge John Cleland told the 68-year-old Sandusky as he read the terms of the sentence.

Sandusky, who coached Penn State’s defense for 30 years and ran a charity for troubled children, was sentenced on 45 counts of child sex abuse, a scandal that rocked the Penn State football program and the university itself.

Sandusky gave the convoluted, rambling statement in court, one day after proclaiming his innocence in a defiant audio statement released from prison. He wore a red prison jump suit and appeared visibly thinner.

Lead prosecutor, Joe McGettigan said Sandusky’s statement was a “masterpiece of banal self-delusion.”

In his audio statement released Monday, Sandusky said there was a conspiracy against him. In the sentencing hearing, Cleland called this theory “unbelievable.”

Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan said that Sandusky used his charity, Second MIle, as a “victim factory.”

After the sentencing, Penn State President Rodney Erickson issued a statement saying in part, “While today’s sentence cannot erase what has happened, hopefully it will provide comfort to those affected by these horrible events and help them continue down the road to recovery.”

In his audio statement and his statement in court, Sandusky continued to deny what he called “false allegations.” He said his wife Dottie is the only person he’s ever had sex with and that he was brought down by a web of conspirators who wanted him convicted. He also blamed his downfall on one of the victims.

Sandusky oversaw Penn State’s powerful defense for 30 years. He was accused of preying on young boys whom he met through his Second Mile Charity, a group devoted to helping under-privileged children.

The allegations that he raped some of these boys, forcing himself on one in a Penn State locker room shower and another in his own basement, shocked the Penn State community, where Sandusky had been revered in the community. Through his charity, he would take kids to football games, helped them find their way through tough lives and even adopted them.

The late head coach Joe Paterno, arguably the most important figure in modern Penn State history, was fired amid allegations he did not properly report concerns about Sandusky to law enforcement officials. Two other top Penn State officials, athletic director Tim Curley and senior vice president Gary Schultz, have yet to face trial on charges they lied to a grand jury about their knowledge of Sandusky’s crimes.

The NCAA hit Penn State with a $60 million fine, vacated all wins going back to 1998 and reduced the number of scholarships.

Sandusky is 68 and his sentence today is expected to keep him in prison for the rest of his life. Sandusky’s legal team is expected to start the appeals process after the sentencing.

If a loved one was the victim of sexual abuse that was caused by negligence or some other form of reckless behavior, it is important that you contact a committed and dedicated personal injury lawyer to help you decide if you should file a lawsuit. A competent and reputable injury lawyer can help you receive the compensation you deserve for your pain and suffering.