November 11, 2011 · 0 Comments
By COLLEEN CURRY ABC News
A town in Texas is looking into bringing its own charges against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged withsexually abusing eight boys over 15 years on and around the Penn State campus.
The Penn State sex scandal continues to ripple through the campus at State College.
Pennsylvania’s senators, Democrat Bob Casey and Republican Pat Toomey, have rescinded their endorsement of fired football coachJoe Paterno for the prestigious Presidential Medal of Freedom.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 thatSandusky 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.”
Following the game, Sandusky told the victim of head coach Joe Paterno’s decision that Sandusky would not become the next head coach of Penn State football. Sandusky retired shortly after that decision.
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.
The district attorney’s office was not available for comment today due to the Veterans Day holiday.
Sandusky’s Crimes Bring Down Penn State Officials
Following Sandusky’s arrest Saturday, two other Penn State officials named in the presentment were arrested for failing to report what they knew of the alleged crimes to police, while head football coach Joe Paterno and the university president both lost their jobs over the scandal.
Athletic Director Tim Curly and Vice President of Finance Gary Shultz have both been charged with failing to report a 2002 incident in which graduate assistant Mike McQueary allegedly saw Sandusky raping a 10 year old boy in a locker room shower. McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, who in turn told his supervisor, Curly.
Curly and Shultz are also facing charges of perjury for allegedly lying during a grand jury investigation about the case.
Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were not legally required to tell police, but were fired by the university for not doing so. Paterno was only legally required to tell his superior, while Spanier allegedly did not know enough details about the case to be required to report it to authorities.
Paterno, 84, was the winningest coach in Division 1 football history, and had served a record 46 years as head coach of the Nittany Lions. In the wake of the scandal, he offered to retire at the end of the season, but the board of trustees decided that was not enough and fired him by phone on Wednesday.
“I am disappointed with the board of trustees’ decision, but I have to accept it,” he 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.”
The Penn State campus has been rattled by the scandal, breaking into riots Wednesday night in response to Paterno’s firing and canceling a pep rally today in favor of a candlelight vigil for the victims of Sandusky’s abuse.
By Emma Brown