Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegation against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing Sandusky to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing internal report issued Thursday on the scandal.
The following is a statement from the family of Joe Paterno regarding the released of the Freeh report.
Based on the evidence in the Freeh report, do you feel Penn State should remove the statue of Paterno it has on campus?
The team brought in by Penn State to investigate how the university handled molestation accusations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will release its highly anticipated report Thursday, with the school’s reputation and future direction hanging in the balance.
There’s no Twitter, Facebook or radio. Smartphones, iPads or laptops? No way. And the phones and televisions were removed from their hotel rooms.
Jurors in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse case began deliberations Thursday after prosecutors described him as a serial molester who groomed his victims, while his defense lawyer said the former Penn State assistant football coach was being victimized by an overzealous prosecution and greedy accusers.
Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers finished putting on their case Wednesday without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to the stand to rebut child sex abuse allegations that could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Defense attorneys in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial suggested in their questioning Tuesday that investigators shared details among accusers, planting the seeds of the alleged victims’ evolving accounts of abuse.
Jerry Sandusky opened his defense in his molestation trial Monday with character witnesses who defended his reputation, including a former Penn State coach who said he knew Sandusky brought boys into showers but never saw him do anything wrong.
The Transportation Security Administration announced Friday that they intend to fire seven of their employees following the discovery of a bribery scandal at the Philadelphia International Airport.
A man testified Thursday that Jerry Sandusky called himself the “tickle monster” and embraced the then-11-year-old boy in a Penn State shower in 1998, an encounter that prompted an investigation but ultimately ended without any charges being filed.
Jerry Sandusky pinned down a foster child and performed oral sex on him, threatened to keep him from seeing his family if he reported what happened and then later told him he loved him, the accuser testified Wednesday.
In something of a surprise, Mike McQueary walked into the Centre County Courthouse on Tuesday afternoon and took the stand in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex abuse trial.
A school district guidance counselor initially didn’t believe the abuse claims brought by one of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims because the former Penn State assistant football coach was considered to have “a heart of gold,” the accuser told jurors Tuesday.
One of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims said he was sexually abused as a young teenager on campus and then in hotel saunas, starting with showers that turned into oral sex.