Gerald Sandusky Case

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After reviewing serval sources related to this case, it is clear that this was an ongoing issue for many years and the scope may extend into the 1970’s if new allegations are corroborated.
The case “officially” begins on November 4, 2011 when the Attorney General of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania filed charges against Gerald Sandusky (Sandusky) that included multiple counts of aggravated indecent assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, unlawful contact with minors, and endangering the welfare of minors. Several of the charges cover offenses that occurred between 1998 and 2002 when Sandusky was either the Defensive Coordinator for the Penn State University (PSU) football team or as a professor Emeritus with unrestricted access to the football program’s facilities (Freeh, …show more content…

In November of 2012, then president of PSU was indicted for grand jury perjury, obstruction of justice, child endangerment, failure to report child abuse and conspiracy in connection with the scandal (Sokolove, 2014). Then Coach Joe Paterno was not charged in relation to the Sandusky scandal, however, he died of cancer shortly after Sandusky’s arrest and his firing from PSU.
Aside from the allegations of child sexual abuse, the revelation of a cover-up and who actually knew of Sandusky’s behavior appears to be just as shocking. Through independent and Grand Jury investigations, a small circle of the most powerful people at PSU knew, for almost a decade, of Sandusky’s behavior and chose not to take appropriate actions to protect children from a sexual predator and concealed Sandusky’s behavior from the University’s Board of Trustees, the community and

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