Jerry Sandusky
Retired American football player and coach
Jerry Sandusky
Gerald Arthur "Jerry" Sandusky is a retired American football coach and convicted serial child molester. Sandusky served as an assistant coach for his entire career, mostly at Pennsylvania State University under Joe Paterno (from 1969 to 1999), and was one of the most notable major college football coaches never to have held a head coaching position. He received Assistant Coach of the Year awards in 1986 and 1999.
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You Shouldn't Trust Uber's Investigation Into Its Own Sexist Practices
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Jerry Sandusky’s Son Charged With Sexually Assaulting Children
NYTimes - 13 days
Jeffrey S. Sandusky, a son of the former Penn State coach who is a convicted sex abuser, faces multiple sexual offense charges.
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A Son Of Jerry Sandusky Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse
NPR - 13 days
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of abusing 10 boys. His son Jeffrey was arrested Monday and charged with 14 counts including child sexual abuse. (Image credit: AP)
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Penn State won't fight $2.4M fine for lax crime reporting
Yahoo News - 3 months
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State said Friday it won't fight a $2.4 million fine stemming from a five-year federal investigation that found the university repeatedly violated campus crime reporting requirements, including in the case of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is now serving decades in prison on child sexual abuse charges.
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Man claiming to be shower victim testifies in Sandusky case
Fox News - 4 months
A man who claims he was the young sexual-assault victim seen with former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in a campus shower 15 years ago, a central episode in the molestation scandal that rocked the university, testified in the case for the first time on Friday and insisted Sandusky had abused him.
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Boy seen in shower with Penn State's Sandusky to testify in retrial bid
Yahoo News - 4 months
By David DeKok HARRISBURG, Pa. (Reuters) - A man who says he was the unidentified boy seen in 2001 in a shower with convicted sexual predator Jerry Sandusky is expected to tell a hearing on Friday that the former Penn State assistant football coach was a father figure who never molested him. The man, identified in court papers as "A.M.", or "Victim #2," will take the stand for the first time in the case, which led to Sandusky's 2012 conviction for molesting 10 boys. The ex-coach is now seeking a retrial, reviving a scandal that roiled Pennsylvania State University and the vaunted football program run by the legendary head coach Joe Paterno.
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Penn State Fined Record $2.4 Million Over Sandusky Case
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NEW YORK, Nov 3 - Penn State University is facing a $2.4 million fine for mishandling child sexual abuse complaints against convicted former football coach Jerry Sandusky, the U.S. Department of Education said on Thursday. The department said it is seeking to impose the penalty and issued a scathing 239-page report that capped a five-year investigation into how the school complied with a federal law, the Clery Act, requiring schools to report campus crimes and warn students of any danger. The school violated the law when it failed to alert its students and employees that Sandusky was going to be criminally charged in 2011, according to the department. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child abuse, and several Penn State officials face separate charges for not reporting Sandusky earlier to authorities. Although the fine is the largest the Education Department has ever levied under the Clery Act, it is a fraction of the penalties imposed on Penn State because of the Sandu ...
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Jury awards $7.3 million to Penn State whistleblower in Sandusky scandal
Yahoo News - 4 months
By David DeKok BELLEFONTE, Pa. (Reuters) - A jury in Pennsylvania on Thursday awarded more than $7 million in damages to a former Penn State University assistant football coach who said the school retaliated by firing him after he implicated Jerry Sandusky as a molester of young boys. The $7.3 million in compensatory and punitive damages Penn State was ordered to pay Michael McQueary was confirmed to Reuters by Kendra Miknis, chief administrator of the Centre County Court of Common Pleas in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. McQueary, claiming a loss of reputation and a $140,000-a-year coaching job in 2012 for his role as a whistleblower against Sandusky, had sought more than $8 million in damages.
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Ex-athletic director's testimony resumes in Penn State suit
Yahoo News - 4 months
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A former assistant football coach's lawsuit against Penn State will resume with more testimony from the man who put him on paid administrative leave days after Jerry Sandusky was charged with child molestation.
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Lawsuit by ex-coach against Penn State set to get underway
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — It's not Penn State's fault that a former assistant football coach who reported Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy 15 years ago can't find a new coaching job, a lawyer for the university said Monday.
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Jury selection starts in Penn State abuse scandal lawsuit
Yahoo News - 5 months
BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Jury selection is underway in a lawsuit by a former Penn State assistant football coach who says he witnessed onetime fellow coach Jerry Sandusky abuse a boy in the team shower more than 15 years ago.
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Tribute to Paterno sparks protest
Yahoo News - 5 months
Tributes to the late, disgraced coach Joe Paterno, sacked in 2011 amid the Jerry Sandusky pedophilia scandal that rocked Penn State University, sparked protests on Saturday. The university paid tribute to Paterno at an American football game attended by more than 100,000 in State College, Pennsylvania, where the Nittany Lions defeated visiting Temple 34-27 on the 50th anniversary of Paterno's first game as Penn State's head coach. Video tributes to Paterno, who died in 2012 at age 85, received a standing ovation from Penn State fans.
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The Boogeyman Isn't In The Bathroom
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The NCAA just did the right thing and announced it would move the opening rounds of March Madness and six other tournaments out of North Carolina because the state has violated the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. In a statement, Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA said, "We believe in providing a safe and respectful environment at our events and are committed to providing the best experience possible for college athletes, fans, and everyone taking part in our championships." How did the North Carolina GOP respond? They took the opportunity to attack the NCAA, insinuating that women would be at risk if people use bathrooms based on their gender identity.  Here's the NC GOP's response to the NCAA. I made sure it was not a parody account. — Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) September 13, 2016 NCGOP Kami Mueller described a fantastical situation in which all NCAA teams are unisex, cheerleaders and football players are fo ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jerry Sandusky
  • 2014
    Age 70
    On December 3, 2014, KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh reported that Sandusky received a letter from Penn State asking to renew his season ticket plan for the football team and attend a "recruiting" trip to a Penn State basketball game.
    More Details Hide Details The letter was reportedly sent out in error. Sandusky co-wrote an autobiography titled Touched: The Jerry Sandusky Story (ISBN 9781582612706), which was published in 2001. His co-writer was Keith "Kip" Richeal. The book also includes a quote in a foreword from football coach Dick Vermeil about Sandusky: "He could very well be the Will Rogers of the coaching profession." Other books by Sandusky include: Sandusky is set to write another book in prison.
  • 2013
    Age 69
    Sandusky granted his first interview for television since his conviction to be broadcast on NBC’s “Today” show on March 25, 2013.
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    On January 30, 2013, Pennsylvania Judge John Cleland denied Sandusky's request for a new trial.
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  • 2012
    Age 68
    He was then moved to Greene state prison in Franklin Township, where most of the state's life and capital inmates are housed, on October 31, 2012, to serve his sentence.
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    On October 23, 2012, Sandusky was transferred to Camp Hill state prison in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania for pre-imprisonment evaluation.
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    In September 2012, former Philadelphia child prostitute Greg Bucceroni alleged that in 1979 and 1980 Philadelphia philanthropist Ed Savitz brought him from his New Jersey residence to State College Second Mile fund raiser for the purpose of child trafficking.
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    On August 24, 2012, as reported by the Associated Press, the individual known as "Victim 1" who testified at the trial of Sandusky brought suit against Pennsylvania State University.
    More Details Hide Details They reported that the suit charged the University's conduct with regard to the complaints that Sandusky had acted towards boys with sexual impropriety was "deliberate and shameful", saying that Penn State engaged in "purposeful, deliberate and shameful subordination of the safety of children to its economic self-interests, and to its interest in maintaining and perpetuating its reputation."
  • 2011
    Age 67
    The report states that Sandusky had access to the Lasch Building until November 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Over the next ten-year period, Sandusky "was frequently at the Lasch Building working out, showing up at campus events that Penn State supported... He was showering with young boys, staying in dormitories... There are more red flags than you could count, over a long period of time." Consequently, out of the 10 young boys that Sandusky would be convicted of sexually assaulting, most of them were abused after he was investigated in 1998 — at least five of them were assaulted "at Penn State’s football facilities and other places on campus after May 1998". After his retirement in 1999, the report notes that Sandusky continued to have “unrestricted and unsupervised access to the University's facilities and affiliation with the university's prominent football program. Indeed, the continued access provided Sandusky with the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims".
    In an interview with Jo Becker of The New York Times on December 3, 2011, Sandusky responded to the initial 40 charges of sexual crimes against children:
    More Details Hide Details The trial, for 52 charges of sexual crimes against children, started on June 11, 2012, at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. State Deputy Attorney General, and former homicide prosecutor, Joseph E. McGettigan III, led the prosecution team for the commonwealth; defense attorney Joseph Amendola was Sandusky's lead attorney for the defense team; and Senior Judge John Cleland presided. Over the course of the trial that lasted eight days, jurors heard from eight witnesses who testified that Sandusky sexually abused them. Jurors also heard testimony about assaults on two other victims who were never identified. Of the eight males who gave testimony, each explained that they met Sandusky through The Second Mile organization; their individual accounts spanned from the mid-1990s until 2009. The witnesses testified of similar stories of being abused in the football locker room showers or in the basement of Sandusky's home Sandusky's defense attorneys argued that the accusers were driven by financial motives.
    On December 7, 2011, Sandusky was arrested for a second time based on the additional sexual abuse charges.
    More Details Hide Details Sandusky was released on $250,000 bail and placed on monitored house arrest while he awaited trial. Sandusky chose to waive his preliminary hearing that took place in mid December. On November 14, in a televised phone interview on NBC's Rock Center with Brian Williams, Sandusky admitted to correspondent Bob Costas to having showered with underage boys and touching their bodies, as he described it "without intent of sexual contact." Sandusky denied being a pedophile. The interview received substantial coverage in the media, particularly regarding the manner in which Sandusky answered Costas when asked if he is sexually attracted to young boys: In the days following the interview, several potential victims contacted State College lawyer Andy Shubin to tell their stories, with one claiming Sandusky had abused him in the 1970s.
    In December 2011, Sandusky was charged with an additional 12 counts of sexual crimes against children.
    More Details Hide Details The grand jury's second presentment charged Sandusky with an additional count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two additional counts of unlawful contact with a minor. The additional victims, known only as "Victim 9" and "Victim 10," were participants in Sandusky's youth program and were between the ages of 10 and 12 at the time of the sexual assaults.
    On November 6, 2011, Penn State banned Sandusky from campus.
    More Details Hide Details His bail conditions did not include restrictions on his travel.
    On November 5, 2011, Sandusky was arrested and 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.
    More Details Hide Details The prosecution charged Curley and Schultz with perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse by Sandusky.
    On November 4, 2011, a grand jury that had been convened in September 2009, or earlier, indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys.
    More Details Hide Details The indictment came after a three-year investigation that explored allegations of Sandusky having inappropriate contact with an underage boy over the course of four years, beginning when the boy was ten years old. The boy's parents reported the incident to police in 2009. The grand jury identified eight boys who had been singled out for sexual advances or sexual assaults by Sandusky, taking place from 1994 through 2009. At least 20 of the incidents allegedly took place while Sandusky was still employed at Penn State. According to the first indictment, in 2002 assistant coach Mike McQueary, then a Penn State graduate assistant, said he walked in on Sandusky anally raping a ten-year-old boy. The next day, McQueary reported the incident to head coach Joe Paterno. (Later while testifying during the Sandusky trial, McQueary spoke about what he had relayed to Paterno: "I told him and I want to make sure I'm clear. I made sure he knew it was sexual and wrong. There was no doubt.") Paterno told McQueary at the time, “You did what you had to do. It is my job now to figure out what we want to do.” At the Preliminary Hearing for Tim Curley and Gary Shultz, McQueary testified that Paterno was "shocked and saddened, kind of slumped back on his chair." He said that Paterno told him: "'I'm sorry you had to see that. It's terrible.'
    At the July 12 press conference announcing the report's findings, Freeh stated in his prepared remarks: “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children Sandusky victimized.” He said they “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims” until after he was arrested in 2011.
    More Details Hide Details Three men came forward and told police that they were abused in the 1970s or 1980s by Sandusky. They are the first men to allege abuse before the 1990s. CBS News also reported that the United States Postal Service is leading an investigation to see whether Sandusky sent child pornography through the mail across state lines. According to one source, child pornography was found on at least one of Sandusky's computers. Other reports indicated that individuals had come forward claiming that Sandusky had assaulted them during the 1960s, while he was living at the Brownson House in Washington, Pennsylvania.
    After Sandusky retired as assistant coach at Penn State, he continued working with The Second Mile at Penn State, maintaining an office at the university until 2011.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, following a two-year grand jury investigation, Sandusky was arrested and charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period from 1994 to 2009. He met his molestation victims through The Second Mile; they were participating in the organization. Several of them testified against Sandusky in his sexual abuse trial. Four of the charges were subsequently dropped. On June 22, 2012, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 remaining charges. Sandusky was sentenced on October 9, 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison—at his age, effectively a life sentence. On October 18, 2012, Sandusky's lawyers appealed his conviction in Centre County Court in Pennsylvania. They claim that they did not have enough time to prepare for their client's case. On October 31, 2012, Sandusky was moved to Pennsylvania's SCI Greene "supermax" prison to serve his sentence.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    An investigation was initiated by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office into sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky in 2008.
    More Details Hide Details The charges were initiated at Central Mountain High School, where a student made allegations of abuse against Sandusky. The investigation reached a new level of urgency when it became apparent that the allegations were not an isolated set of incidents, but that Sandusky had a strategy to abuse vulnerable boys. Through his Second Mile organization, Sandusky would first approach potential victims, typically boys without a father living at home, when they were 8–12 years old. Subsequently, Sandusky employed classic child grooming strategies such as offering trips to football games or bestowing gifts, which would lead to incremental touching. This form of manipulation is generally the modus operandi of pedophiles as a ploy to build trust while invading personal boundaries — all part of instilling confusion, leading up to and part of the sexual abuse. Eventually, Sandusky often initiated overtly sexual behavior in the locker room showers. "The testimony of one victim, who said he was forced to put his hand on Sandusky’s erection when he was 8 to 10 years old, particularly outraged investigators. 'The poor kid was too young to even understand what an erection was,' one said."
  • 2007
    Age 63
    On the second day of trial, "Victim 1", the youngest of Sandusky's alleged victims, testified to over 20 incidents of abuse, including unwanted and forced oral sex, by Sandusky during 2007 and 2008 while the boy was a participant in Sandusky's Second Mile program.
    More Details Hide Details The boy was 11 or 12 years old when the sexual abuse started. Mike McQueary, former Penn State graduate assistant football coach, testified that in 2001 in a Penn State locker room, he heard "skin on skin" slapping sounds coming from the showers. McQueary testified that he then saw Sandusky naked behind a 10- to 12-year-old boy propped against a shower wall, with "Sandusky's arms wrapped around the boy's midsection in the closest proximity that I think you could be in." On June 18, 2012, it was reported that during the full-day court recess the previous Friday, prosecutors had contacted NBC "asking the network to re-authenticate a full unedited transcript" of the Bob Costas interview from November. An unaired portion of the Costas interview featured Sandusky saying, "I didn't go around seeking out every young person for sexual needs that I've helped". Legal analysts explained that this could be used by the prosecution to cross examine Sandusky if he were to take the stand.
  • 2002
    Age 58
    Citing Sandusky's work with The Second Mile charity to provide care for foster children, then U.S. Senator Rick Santorum honored Sandusky with an Angels in Adoption award in 2002.
    More Details Hide Details On November 15, 2011, the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, a non-profit adoption awareness organization, rescinded its 2002 Angels in Adoption award to Jerry and Dorothy Sandusky. Santorum, then running for the Republican nomination for President, said he was "devastated" by the scandal. Former Eagles head coaches Dick Vermeil and Andy Reid, former Phillies owner Ruly Carpenter, Matt Millen from ESPN, actor Mark Wahlberg, Arnold Palmer, and football player Franco Harris, among others, served on the Honorary Board of Second Mile. During the time period that Sandusky was being investigated by the Office of the Attorney General, investigators served subpoenas on the Second Mile to get records of boys who had been through the program as well as Sandusky’s travel and expense records. As it turned out, the records from 2000 to 2003 were missing. Record keepers later found files for one year, but the records for the other three years were never found.
  • 1977
    Age 33
    After retirement, Sandusky hosted many summer football camps and was active in The Second Mile, a children's charity he founded in State College, Pennsylvania in 1977. President George H. W. Bush praised the group as a "shining example" of charity work in a 1990 letter, one of that president's much-promoted "Thousand points of light" encouragements to volunteer community organizations.
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  • 1969
    Age 25
    Sandusky served as defensive line coach in 1969, became linebacker coach in 1970, and was promoted to defensive coordinator in 1977, holding that position until his retirement.
    More Details Hide Details In his years as a linebacker coach and defensive coordinator, he coached many defensive squads, and Penn State gained a reputation for outstanding linebacker play, producing 10 first-team All-Americans at that position, and acquiring the nickname "Linebacker U". Jack Ham and LaVar Arrington were two of the noted pro football greats to emerge from his teams. Upon his retirement, Sandusky was awarded "both an unusual compensation package and a special designation of 'emeritus' rank that carried special privileges, including access to the university’s recreational facilities." Spanier approved a lump-sum payment to Sandusky of $168,000. His final game coaching at Penn State was a notable game for Sandusky. Penn State faced Texas A&M in the 1999 Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. The Nittany Lions' defense shut out Texas A&M, 24–0, the only bowl game shutout victory for Penn State under Paterno. Sandusky was recognized in ways usually reserved for a head coach. He was doused with a water bucket and carried to the center of the field on the shoulders of his players.
    He returned to Penn State in 1969 and remained there as an assistant coach until his retirement at the end of the 1999 season.
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  • 1967
    Age 23
    He was the assistant basketball and track coach at Juniata College in 1967 and the offensive line coach at Boston University in 1968.
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  • 1966
    Age 22
    Sandusky served as a graduate assistant under Paterno at Penn State in 1966.
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    He graduated first in his class with a B.S. in health in 1966 and physical education in 1970.
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    Sandusky married Dorothy "Dottie" (née Gross) in 1966, and together they have six adopted children.
    More Details Hide Details Sandusky and his wife have also served as foster parents. One of Sandusky's sons, Jon Sandusky, is Director of Player Personnel for the Cleveland Browns. Another son, E. J. Sandusky, is an assistant football coach at West Chester University. Sandusky described his family as "old fashioned" with Dottie being the leader. Matt Sandusky, adopted son and former foster child of Sandusky's, released a statement through his attorneys saying that Sandusky had sexually molested him as a child. Matt Sandusky's statement was released on the day the jury began deliberations in the sex abuse trial against Sandusky.
  • 1963
    Age 19
    Sandusky played for Rip Engle at Penn State, starting at defensive end from 1963 to 1965.
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  • 1955
    Age 11
    He managed the 1955 Washington baseball team that won the Pony League World Series championship, the only team from Washington to win that championship.
    More Details Hide Details Arthur was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in 1989. At home, Jerry Sandusky adopted his own personal law called "Jer's Law" that he stuck to for many years. The rules adopted were that Sandusky could be mischievous but not to the point where someone could be intentionally hurt; he also vowed to not be disrespectful to his teachers and swear to himself that he would tell the truth if he was caught breaking any rules. Sandusky attended Washington High School, where he was a good student and standout athlete, playing baseball, basketball, and football. He was a leader on his junior high basketball team that went undefeated through the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League playoffs in his final season there. His classmates have described him as a studious "loner" who "never dated in high school" but was a popular and handsome athlete. Sandusky later considered studying in the Eighth Grade as the most important time in his life where he knew how important it was to grow up.
  • 1944
    Age 0
    Sandusky was born in Washington, Pennsylvania in 1944, the only son of Evelyn Mae (née Lee), an Irish Catholic homemaker who came from a small Pennsylvania coal-mining town, and Arthur Sandusky, whose parents, Edward and Josephine Sendecki, had immigrated from Poland to East Vandergrift, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details His father Arthur served in the field of youth service programs for over 30 years, mostly as director of the Brownson House in Washington, Pennsylvania, a community recreation center for children. There, he founded the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling program and created junior basketball, volleyball, boxing and football programs for the Brownson House. He improved the facilities there by adding a new playground, gym, outdoor basketball court, and a renovated football field.
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