Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of molesting multiple young boys over a 15-year period. Prosecutors say he used his fame in the community to attract victims.
Breaking news from today shows that top-level administrators, including Joe Paterno, were well aware of Sandusky's actions way back in 1998; although the court case involving Mike McQueary's testimony only went back as far as 2001, nearly four years after the alleged 1998 complaint.
Apparently, Joe Paterno convinced top-level administrators, including President Graham Spanier, Vice-President Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim Curley to keep Sandusky's actions under wraps, and to keep Jerry around as a "Volunteer Position Director-Positive Action for Youth." Strong evidence indicates that is true, if so, it would be a shocking twist to a story that almost made Paterno look like a victim in the situation.
Jerry was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children.
He was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail, where he will be awaiting sentencing for about three months. He will likely spend the rest of his life in prison.
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