Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting 10 boys from 1998 to 2004. Some of these sexual encounters allegedly took place at Penn State. Sandusky’s trial is drawing near, and on June 5 the juror selection will begin in Pennsylvania.
Here are some facts about Sandusky’s child sexual abuse scandal:
* Sandusky played football for Penn State before graduating in 1966. In 1969, Sandusky returned to Penn State where he became Joe Paterno’s assistant. Sandusky, considered to be one Penn State’s best coaches, coached for 31 seasons before retiring in 1999. After retirement, Sandusky stayed on at Penn State as a volunteer.
* In 1997, Sandusky founded the Second Mile charity for troubled teens. In May 2012, the Second Mile asked for the court’s approval to shut down and transfer their programs to other charities. Their charity became financially destroyed among the sexual abuse scandals involving Sandusky. This charity is where Sandusky allegedly found his victims.
* In 1998, the first alleged allegations of sexual abuse began for Sandusky. The Penn State Police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare investigated a claim from a mother that accused him of showering naked with her son and possibly inappropriately touching him. Sandusky admitted to showering naked with the boy, and he agreed that it was not appropriate and it wouldn’t happen again according to the grand jury report. The District Attorney notified investigators to let them know there would be no charges filed, and the case would be closed.
* In 2000, a janitor named James Calhoun allegedly witnessed Sandusky in the showers with a young boy. He allegedly saw Sandusky give oral sex to the boy while he pinned the boy against the wall. Calhoun reported this incidence to other staff members and his supervisor. His supervisor, Jay Witherite, told him to report it, but Calhoun never did. This boy is known as victim number 8.
* In 2001, Sandusky had his autobiography “Touched” published by Sports Publishing LLC, which he wrote the year he retired. Sandusky’s own words raised eyebrows and helped lead investigators to find potential victims.
*On November 5, 2011, Sandusky was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing boys, and was released on $100,000 bail. On November 7, Sandusky was arrested again when new sexual charges were filed against him by a grand jury. The most recent alleged victims met Sandusky through his charity Second Mile.