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Thursday
Nov102011

McQueary Will Not Coach Saturday After Receiving Threats

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.) -- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not be in attendance for Saturday's game against Nebraska after receiving "multiple threats," the school announced Thursday.

McQueary testified to a grand jury he saw former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky engaged in a sex act with a 10-year-old boy inside Penn State showers in 2002. He reported what he saw to head coach Joe Paterno following the incident, according to grand jury testimony.

In a statement released Thursday, the school said it would be "in the best interest of all" if McQueary did not attend Saturday's game.

The university's board of trustees announced Wednesday night that Paterno and president Graham Spanier would no longer be employed by the school, effective immediately.

Sandusky is charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Read Jerry Sandusky's Full Grand Jury Indictment

On College Avenue, a crying Penn State Nittany Lion window painting marks a store front, November 10, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania. Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) --  Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett addressed reporters Thursday, expressing disappointed in how Penn State students reacted to the firing of football head coach Joe Paterno Wednesday night at State College.

Thousands of students engaged in riot-like activities following the board of trustees' decision to relieve Paterno and president Graham Spanier amid allegations of sex crimes carried out by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Authorities say several students could face criminal charges after a TV news van was overturned, and rocks and other objects were thrown at police during the destructive demonstration.

"I believe in your right of assembly and your right to express your opinions," Corbett said. "I do not believe, nor does anyone believe, in your right to violence."

Sandusky is charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years, including crimes alleged to have taken place at the university.


>>For Sandusky's complete grand jury indictment, click here.<<

 

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Thursday
Nov102011

Attorney General Questions PSU's Handling of Sex Scandal

Penn State President Graham Spanier (L) presents a plaque to head coach Joe Paterno (R) celebrating Paterno's 409th career win, a little over a week before the sex scandal broke and effectively marked the end of both men's careers. Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Pennsylvania's attorney general has voiced "concern" over Penn State University's firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno and the treatment of other witnesses and officials involved in a child sexual abuse case.

Nils Hagen-Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general's office, noted the two officials charged with perjury and failure to report the abuse are being defended by the university, while Paterno was fired.

"We have a cooperating witness [Paterno], an individual who testified, provided truthful testimony, but two others who were found by a grand jury to commit perjury whose legal expenses are being paid for university," Hagen-Frederiksen told ABC News. "One is on administrative leave. Very interesting development.

"It's certainly curious and [has] not been explained yet," he said. "Speaking as a prosecuting agency, we have a cooperating witness who has not been charged, while two individuals accused of committing crimes continue to be affiliated."

Along with Paterno, Penn State's board of trustees decided on Wednesday to remove university president Graham Spanier from his position.  The turmoil follows the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who's charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.

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Thursday
Nov102011

Paterno Out: Penn State Students Hit the Streets in Protest

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Thousands of angry Penn State students took to the streets of State College, Pa., Wednesday night in protest of the school's decision to fire head football coach Joe Paterno amid allegations that one of his former assistants abused children and school officials didn't report what they knew.

Students were seen shaking light posts, throwing toilet tissue, setting off fireworks and yelling out sentiments such as, "We want JoePa" -- referring to one of Paterno's nicknames -- and "One more game."  Lines of police were out in riot gear, but they were far outnumbered by students.

Several students also directed their rage at the media, flipping over a satellite truck, breaking its windows and threatening to burn it amid chants of "F*** the media."

Others gathered at Paterno's house, where some were seen crying.

The 84-year-old head coach of nearly five decades eventually came out to suggest the students go home and study, and thanked them for their continued support.

"I am disappointed with the board of trustees' decision, but I have to accept it," Paterno said in a written statement.  "A tragedy occurred, and we all have to have patience to let the legal process proceed.  I appreciate the outpouring of support but want to emphasize that everyone should remain calm and please respect the university, its property and all that we value."

Along with Paterno, Penn State's board of trustees decided on Wednesday to remove university president Graham Spanier from his position.  The turmoil follows the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who's charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Department of Education to Investigate Penn State Scandal

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The U.S. Department of Education announced Wednesday it will conduct an investigation into whether Penn State University failed to comply with federal regulations concerning allegations of sex offenses by former football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Sandusky, a former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team, is charged with sexually abusing young boys -- including incidents on campus -- over a period of several years. DOE official say they are investigating whether the school complied with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act) in each instance an alleged crime was reported.

"If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible tragedy for those young boys," Education Secretary Arne Duncan said in a statement. "If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse. Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse."

Officials say Penn State was notified of the investigation by letter Wednesday.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Penn State Sex Scandal Claims University President

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Legendary football coach Joe Paterno and Penn State University President Graham Spanier are the latest casualties of the sex abuse scandal that is rocking the university.

Paterno released a statement Wednesday saying he was "absolutely devastated" by the scandal and would retire at the end of the season.

ABC News has learned that Spanier will also be ousted from his position Wednesday, according to Penn State sources.

The turmoil follows the arrest of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, charged with abusing at least eight boys over 15 years.

Athletic director Tim Curly and vice president for finance Gary Shultz were charged Tuesday with not reporting the sexual abuse to police and lying to a grand jury under oath during the investigation.

Paterno and Spanier have come under intense pressure because they were also told of at least one incident, but did not alert police.

"I am absolutely devastated by the developments in this case," Paterno, 84, said in a statement. "I grieve for the children and their families, and I pray for their comfort and relief."

"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more," he said.

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Joe Paterno Will Retire at the End of the Season

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa) -- Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno will retire at the end of the season, ESPN confirmed Wednesday.

The abrupt decision comes amid a sex abuse scandal that has rocked the university.

The report said that the decision was Paterno's, not the university or board of trustees. Paterno's exit will mark one of the biggest losses amid the sex abuse scandal that has shaken the university and seen two of its top officials and a former coach arrested and charged criminally.

In 2002, graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw former assistant football coach Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky in the shower of the football team's locker rooms sexually assaulting a young boy of about 10.

McQueary told Paterno what he saw, and rather than tell the police, Paterno reported the information to his boss and then never spoke of the incident again, according to a grand jury presentment.

Paterno released a statement Sunday saying he "did what (he) was supposed to do" by reporting the incident only to his supervisor.

Story developing...


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Wednesday
Nov092011

Sandusky Allegedly Confessed to Boy's Mother

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- New details have emerged about how Penn State failed to report the child sexual assaults allegedly committed by former football defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

According to prosecutors, the university had multiple opportunities to stop Sandusky's alleged abuse. In 1998 two boys reportedly came forward to say Sandusky had fondled them in the team's showers. Campus police had eavesdropped on a conversation between Sandusky and one boy's mother, who recently described the exchange to local reporter Sara Ganim with the Patriot News.

"He admitted to taking the shower, he admitted to some extent something bad happened," the woman, who was not identified, said. "He asked her for forgiveness. He said 'I probably won't get it from you,' and then he said 'I wish I were dead.'"

The mother said that she was proud of her son, who had the courage stand up to one of the giants of college football, according to Ganim. The boy's allegation led to the three-year grand jury investigation that resulted in sexual assault charges.

The allegations against Sandusky include eight named victims who have testified that the coach befriended them through the charitable organization he founded, tried to mentor the boys, plied them with gifts, trips to sporting events and access to the Penn State football facilities, and then sexually assaulted them.

The Penn State Board of Trustees broke their silence late Tuesday night to express outrage at the allegations surrounding Sandusky, and to say that a committee will be created to give a "a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the Grand Jury Report.”

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Wednesday
Nov092011

Joe Paterno: 'Say a Prayer' for Victims of Alleged Child Sex Abuse

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno briefly came out of his home Tuesday evening, hours after university officials canceled his weekly press conference, to speak to supporters as his program and the school were reeling from a child sex abuse scandal.

Paterno, who is not only the winningest coach in major college football history but has done it while maintaining a program often held up as what college sports should be, faced reports on Tuesday that the university board of trustees might try to force him out over allegations against one of his top former assistants.

"I've lived for this place.  I've lived for people like you guys and girls," Paterno said to the hundreds of fans cheering outside his home Tuesday evening.  "It's hard for me to say how much this means."

"As you know, the kids that were the victims, I think we ought to say a prayer for them," he said.

Paterno, 84, didn't answer when he was asked if he was still the coach.

Earlier on Tuesday, Paterno's son said reports of his father being ousted by the Penn State board of trustees were premature.

Scott Paterno, who has been acting as his father's spokesman since the sex abuse scandal that has rocked the university came to light, sent out a Twitter message that referenced a New York Times report that the board was in the process of planning Joe Paterno's exit from the university "within days or weeks."

"NYT report premature. No discussions about retirement with JVP," he tweeted.

Scott Paterno also said that he was "working on" setting up a press conference for his father off campus to address questions about the coach's involvement in the alleged cover-up of the crimes.

Paterno's former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested Saturday for allegedly molesting eight boys, at least one of which Paterno allegedly was told about.  Paterno was scheduled to have a news conference on Tuesday, but it was abruptly cancelled by campus officials.

Outside of his home, Paterno told reporters and fans that he wanted to have the news conference, which was cancelled just an hour before it was set to begin.

"I know you guys have a lot of questions and I was hoping I was going to be able to answer them today," Paterno said.  "We'll try to do it as soon as we can.  Can't do it today."

Penn State officials also said on Tuesday that they had not heard that the iconic football coach is getting the boot.  Representatives from the public information office, board of trustees, and football department all denied being told anything that pointed to Paterno being removed from the head coach position, which he's held for 46 years.

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Tuesday
Nov082011

Joe Paterno to Be Fired? School Officials Say They're Unaware of Reports

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State officials said Tuesday they have no information that iconic football coach Joe Paterno is getting the boot, despite a report the school's board of trustees is pushing him out as a result of the child abuse scandal that has rocked the university.

ABC News has learned a decision on whether Paterno gets to keep his job could be made within the next 24-48 hours.

Representatives from the public information office, board of trustees, and football department all denied being told anything that pointed to Paterno being removed from the head coach position, which he's held for 46 years.

The football department said that Paterno will be at the helm of the team as it plays Nebraska this Saturday. A board member told ABC News that the news of Paterno being forced out "sounds like a crazy report," but that she had no firsthand knowledge of the meetings.

The chairman of the board, Steve Garban, was unable to take phone calls and had meetings scheduled all day, according to his family.

Paterno, the winningest football coach in Division I history, had his weekly news conference abruptly canceled just an hour and a half before it was scheduled to take place in State College, Pa., Tuesday. Paterno had said as recently as Monday that he would hold the weekly news conference as usual.

The university said the cancellation was due to the "on-going legal circumstances centered around the recent allegations and charges," and would not be rescheduled.

In 2002, graduate assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw former assistant football coach Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky in the shower of the football team's locker rooms sexually assaulting a young boy of about 10. McQueary told Paterno what he saw, and rather than tell the police, Paterno reported the information to his boss and then never spoke of the incident again, according to a grand jury presentment.

Paterno released a statement Sunday saying he "did what (he) was supposed to do" by reporting the incident only to his supervisor.

The allegations against Sandusky include eight named victims who have testified that Sandusky befriended them through the charitable organization he founded, The Second Mile, a group home and outreach program for troubled boys. Sandusky allegedly tried to mentor the boys, plied them with gifts, trips to sporting events, and access to the Penn State football facilities, and then sexually assaulted them.

Sandusky had coached at Penn State for 23 years, and served as the defensive coordinator before retiring in 1999. After his retirement, Sandusky continued to have full access to the school's grounds and an office in the football department, where he brought children from The Second Mile, according to the indictment.

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