Former defensive coach Jerry Sandusky, who contributed to Penn State’s football success for decades, was arrested after being accused of molesting eight boys. The news of his arrest sent shockwaves across Pennsylvania and investigators promise that more information will be revealed in the coming days.
However, one announcement was made. Two school administrators were charged with failing to tell police when a witness told them he saw a boy being sexually assaulted in the shower. The details, which are graphic and disturbing, will soon be told by the witness to a grand jury.
As for Sandusky, who faces some serious charges, was booked and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts, according to the office of the state attorney general, Linda Kelly.
Kelly labels the former coach as “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.”
Though reports surfaced months ago that Jerry was being investigated, the case took on a new level when Penn State’s athletic director, Tim Curley, 57, and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, were charged with perjury. Both were expected to turn themselves in.
Longtime head coach Joe Paterno, who has more victories than any coach in the history of Division I football, was not charged, authorities said, and the grand jury report did not appear to implicate him in wrongdoing. It said that when Paterno first learned of one report of abuse, he immediately reported it to Curley, but Sandusky was no longer coaching at the time.
“He’s shaky, as you can expect,” Jerry’s lawyer told WJAC-TV after Sandusky was arrested. “Being 67 years old, never having faced criminal charges in his life, and having the distinguished career that he’s had, these are very serious allegations.”
The former coach is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault.
The grand jury said eight boys were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Jerry Sandusky from 1994 to 2009. The names were kept confidential, and in at least one case, the jury said the child’s identity remains unknown to authorities.