I don’t even know how to respond to this.
We have known–for what–several years that a Grand Jury was investigating former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. As time went by, I assumed they didn’t have enough evidence, and hence the delay in bringing actual charges.
But there is no longer any delay.
And the mess may be greater than we feared.
According to this AP news release by Mark Scolforo:
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and another school administrator were charged Saturday with perjury and failure to report in an investigation into allegations that former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight young men, state prosecutors said.
The attorney general’s office said Sandusky, 67, of State College, was arrested Saturday. Curley, 57, and Penn State vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, 62, both of Boalsburg, were expected to turn themselves in Monday in Harrisburg, according to the attorney general’s office. Schultz’s position includes oversight of the university’s police department.
Sandusky, who worked with at-risk children through his Second Mile organization, was charged with seven counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of indecent assault and other offenses.
Attorney General Linda Kelly called Sandusky “a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.”
“It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury,” Kelly said.
The grand jury identified eight young men who were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky from 1994 to 2009, prosecutors said.
Wow. Seriously. I am stunned beyond words.
I have always had the utmost admiration for Jerry Sandusky. I always thought he would have made a great head coach (I have not gotten that same vibe from Tom Bradley.) I have heard him talk several times about his involvement in The Second Mile. I knew his sister or sister-in-law (I can’t remember which) and loved her stories about Jerry at Penn State–things that were talked about around the Thanksgiving table that you didn’t hear about in public. THIS–was never one of those subjects.
Innocent until proven guilty, but the overwhelming, reeking, smoke from this whole thing leads me to believe that something must be going on. And that something is not good.
I had always hoped this is how I would remember Jerry: