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Friday
Dec162011

Penn State Coach: 'Some Type of Intercourse' Between Sandusky, Boy

Meric/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary testified Friday that he didn't actually witness former coach Jerry Sandusky penetrating a young boy in the shower, but that he saw activity he believed was sexual and said as much to head coach Joe Paterno.

McQueary was the first of five witnesses to testify in a hearing before District Judge William C. Wenner to determine what Penn State officials knew about Sandusky's alleged child sexual abuse on the Penn State campus.

In Friday’s hearing, McQueary said he did not actually see rape in the 2002 shower incident, but something he believed was sexual in nature.

"The boy was up against the wall, his hands up, Jerry behind him in a close position, with his hands wrapped around the boy. I thought to myself this is a sexual position," he testified.

"Jerry having some type of intercourse with him, that's what I believe I saw."

McQueary's testimony of the incident is a vital part of the cases against Sandusky, who is accused of 50 counts of molesting children, and two top university officials who are accused of lying to a grand jury about what they knew of the alleged incident.

The hearing will determine whether former athletic director Tim Curly and former vice president of finance Gary Shultz can be tried for not reporting the alleged sexual assault to police and then lying about what they knew of the incident to the grand jury.

They told the grand jury that they knew of an incident in which Sandusky was seen "horsing around" with a boy in the showers, but were not told it was sexual. McQueary's grand jury testimony contradicts those stories.

In his testimony Friday, McQueary recounted the incident once more.

"I stepped back and didn't want to see it anymore. I slammed the locker shut, and when I looked in, they had separated. I know they saw me, they both looked directly into my eyes, and neither said anything to me."

"Seeing that they both saw me, I left the locker room. I can't describe what I was thinking or feeling: shocked, horrified, distraught," he said. McQueary then discussed the incident with his father and a family friend. All three men debated whether to call the police, but decided instead to tell Paterno.

McQueary said that the next day, he went to Paterno's house early in the morning and told him in vague terms what he saw, describing the "rough position" in which he saw Sandusky, but withholding specifics. He testified that he made it clear to Paterno that it was sexual.

Paterno, he said, was shocked and saddened, and told McQueary he was sorry McQueary saw it.

Paterno then said he would tell some people, and told McQueary he did the right thing. In the two to three months following the incident, Paterno asked McQueary how he was coping with what he saw.

Following his conversation with Paterno, McQueary says he then had a meeting with Shultz and Curly in the Bryce Jordan center. There, he said he told the officials a similar story to what he told Paterno, emphasizing that what he saw was sexual in nature and describing in vague terms the position he saw Sandusky standing in the shower.

McQueary was not contacted by law enforcement officials following any of the conversations, but was told by Curly four or five days later that the officials had looked into it and taken some actions to restrict Sandusky's access to campus.

He said he was troubled when he saw Sandusky around campus again following the incident.

One of Sandusky's attorneys, Karl Rominger, said Thursday that there was a simple explanation for why Sandusky would have been in a shower with the boy that night, and it was not sexual.

"Some of these kids don't have basic hygiene skills, teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body," Rominger told ABC affiliate WHTM.

Sandusky will not testify at the hearing, and earlier this week waived his own preliminary hearing and will proceed straight to trial.

Four other witnesses are set to testify at the hearing, though their identities have not been released.

Former head coach Joe Paterno's testimony will be read aloud but he will not testify in court.

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Sunday
Dec042011

Jerry Sandusky's Interview: 'Punch in the Stomach' to Victims

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Accused child sex offender Jerry Sandusky proclaimed his innocence in his first extensive on-camera interview this weekend, sparking outrage from alleged victims and leaving many wondering why he is making himself so public.

"The way he helps himself is by communicating in the way…that predatory sex offenders relate their crimes, through cognitive distortion…a way a defender relates about his actions to another that sounds convincing but denies, justifies, rationalizes and minimalizes in such a way to say, 'nothing to see here, move on,'" said Dr. Michael Welner, an ABC News consultant and a forensic psychiatrist.

Sandusky, who was an assistant to college football coaching icon Joe Paterno for 46 years, defended himself against sexual abuse allegations in a New York Times interview.

"These allegations are false, I didn't do those things," Sandusky told the Times. "I'm not the monster everyone made me out to be. I didn't engage in sexual acts."

Sandusky, who also ran a charity for disadvantaged youth called Second Mile, has been charged with molesting eight boys over the course of 15 years. He is scheduled to return to court for a preliminary hearing on Dec. 13.

Jo Becker, the New York Times reporter who interviewed Sandusky said "he made admissions that prosecutors will, I'm sure, pay some attention to."

Lawyers for one of the alleged victims said the former Penn State assistant coach's interview with the Times goes "a long way toward corroborating the victims' accounts and further expanding the web of liability" in the sexual abuse scandal.

"He admits he 'wrestled' and showered alone with boys, gave them gifts and money, and travelled with them. Surprisingly, Sandusky's interview also revealed that, to this day, Penn State has not taken away Sandusky's keys to the football locker room where so much of the abuse occurred," the statement read.

Welner said he finds the evidence against Sandusky compelling.

"They had a discussion in this interview about barriers. There are no barriers. Sexual assault is a process. It's the end point of a process of grooming. It didn't just happen, he orchestrated it, and yet to see that interview, you would think that it just happened, and it's up to you as a jury or audience to see whether it's illegal or not," said Welner.

The attorney for one alleged victim called the interview "a punch in the stomach."

The attorney for another victim called the interview "disturbing."

"Once again, Jerry Sandusky has chosen to provide the national media with an entirely unconvincing denial and a series of bizarre explanations," said Andrew Shubin, a lawyer for one of the alleged victims in the case.

"If he had any compassion for his victims or our community, he would immediately accept responsibility for his behavior, express remorse for the pain he has caused, and spare the victims, their families, and our community further trauma," Shubin said.

Sandusky claimed that some victims were "drawn into this" and talks about the "positive" things he did for them.

"This type of delusional rationalization is classic in these kinds of cases. Pedophiles often horribly mischaracterize the abuse they perpetrate as something that their victims sought or benefitted from," Shubin said.

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Saturday
Nov192011

Penn State Coaches: ‘Shocked Like Everyone Else’ by Abuse Allegations

Patrick Smith/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Penn.) -- Several Penn State assistant football coaches told ESPN that most of the team’s coaching staff was as stunned as the general public to learn of allegations that a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, molested young boys.

“We’re fathers,” Ron Vanderlinden, Penn State’s linebackers coach, told ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.  “We could not have lived with ourselves for nine years having known something like that.”

Vanderlinden was referring to a 2002 incident in which Mike McQueary, a graduate assistant who later became an assistant football coach, claimed he told legendary head football coach Joe Paterno and other authorities that he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in a locker room.

“There’s been a lot of assumptions made about what people knew,” said Jay Paterno, a Penn State assistant coach and son of Joe Paterno, also speaking to ESPN. “I think that’s the hardest thing. There’s been a lot of things that are inaccurate.”

Sandusky, he noted, retired in 1999, and in recent months he has seen him only occasionally, “in passing” around Penn State facilities.

“Most of us found out [about the allegations] when investigators came and began to ask questions,” Jay Paterno said. “Most of us knew so little we weren’t even called to the grand jury” that was reviewing evidence against Sandusky.

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Tuesday
Nov152011

Alleged Penn State Rape Victim Denies Assault, Jerry Sandusky's Lawyer Claims

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- A lawyer for the former Penn State football coach allegedly seen raping a boy in the team's locker room shower claims that the boy has denied that he was sexually assaulted.

The claim by Jerry Sandusky's lawyer comes at the same time that Mike McQueary, who reported seeing the rape occur in 2002, emailed  to his friends that he didn't just leave as the grand jury report stated.

"I did the right thing...you guys know me...the truth is not out there fully...I didn't just turn and run...I made sure it stopped...I had to make quick tough decisions...," the email, obtained by ESPN, reads.

The contradictory statements were among a flurry of fresh revelations and claims involving the scandal that has rocked Penn State.

The boy in the shower is one of eight that Sandusky is accused of having molested over a 15-year period. The grand jury report said that despite McQueary's eyewitness account, the university did not investigate and "never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower... No one from the university did."

Sandusky's lawyer, Joe Amendola, told NBC's Bob Costas that they believe they know who the "victim" is, "now grown up...a person in his 20s."

"We have information that that child says that never happened," Amendola said.

Costas replied, "So you found him, the commonwealth [of Pennsylvania] has not?" "Interesting, isn't it," said Amendola.

The Pennsylvania office of attorney general was not immediately available for a response.

Amendola said he expected many of the victims named in the grand jury presentment to deny that the assaults had ever occurred.

The investigation into Sandusky is spreading. The New York-based Fresh Air Fund told ABC News that its records show that at least one child was sent to stay with Sandusky in the 1990s and that information was shared with Pennsylvania authorities.

"Now we are looking back in our files to earlier time periods. As of today, we do believe several children may have stayed in the Sandusky home in 1970s," said fund spokeswoman Andrea Kotuk.

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Monday
Nov142011

Sandusky Admits to Showering with Boys, Denies Sexual Contact

Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General(NEW YORK) -- Alleged child abuser Jerry Sandusky admitted to showering and horsing around with kids -- but not sexual assaulting them -- in a phone interview with Bob Costas on NBC News' Rock Center Monday night.

The former Penn State football coach is accused of sexually abusing at least eight boys over a period dating back to 1994. Sandusky, who is currently free on $100,000 bond, faces 40 counts of sexual abuse in connection with the allegations.

"I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact," Sandusky told Costas in Monday's interview.

In the interview, during which Sandusky's lawyer Joe Amendola sat next to Costas, the embattled former coach admitted to having a fondness for children but denied that he is a pedophile.

“I enjoy being around children," Sandusky said. "I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them."

Hours before Sandusky's interview with Costas, Amendola told CNN his client is innocent and described him as a "big overgrown kid."

The allegations have culminated into the firing of longtime football coach Joe Paterno, Penn State president Graham Spanier, and a grand jury investigation into an alleged coverup involving high-ranking officials from the university.

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Friday
Nov112011

Penn State: Asst. Coach Placed on Leave, Candlelight Vigil for Victims 

J. Meric/Getty Images(STATE COLLEGE, Pa.) -- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, was placed on indefinite paid administrative leave on Friday.

Acting President Rodney Erickson made the announcement on Friday saying McQueary could not function under the circumstances.

McQueary witnessed the alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy by Jerry Sandusky on the Penn State campus in 2002. He informed Coach Joe Paterno but did not intervene or call the police. Erickson said McQueary received numerous death threats.

Penn State students say they will hold a candlelight vigil on Friday evening for victims of sexual abuse.

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Friday
Nov112011

Penn State Sex Scandal Spreads to Texas

Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(SAN ANTONIO) -- A town in Texas is looking into bringing its own charges against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years on and around the Penn State campus.

Pennsylvania's senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, have rescinded their endorsement of fired football coach Joe Paterno for the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom. And Penn State selected Rodney Erickson to replace university president Graham Spanier who was fired along with Paterno this week for not taking stronger action after hearing reports of Sandusky's actions.

The board also appointed a committee to investigate how the alleged crimes were allowed to happen and go unreported to police for so long.

San Antonio police confirmed they are investigating the "possibility that an offense may have happened" while the Penn State team was in Texas for the Alamo Bowl in 1999.

In a grand jury presentment in Pennsylvania, a victim testifies that Sandusky took him to the bowl game in San Antonio and, when the boy rejected Sandusky's sexual advances, Sandusky threatened to send him home. Sandusky had previously sexually assaulted the boy at the hotel near Penn State where the team stayed prior to home games, according to the presentment.

The boy met Sandusky through the non-profit organization the Second Mile when the boy was 12 or 13, and Sandusky began taking him to sporting events and giving him gifts. He sexually assaulted the boy multiple times, wrestling with him first and then touching him inappropriately, according to the document.

The indictment states, "Sandusky did threaten to send him (Victim 4) home from the Alamo Bowl in Texas when Victim 4 resisted his advances."

A spokesperson for the district attorney's office told a San Antonio news station that there is no statute of limitations for a case of this nature and said the district attorney's office and would pursue the investigation.

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