Sandusky: A State Secret?
April 3, 2011
Allegation of improper contact with an underage male first surfaced in 1998, while Sandusky was still employed by Penn State, allegedly occurring in a shower at Penn State’s on-campus football facility. No charges were filed.
Sandusky retired in 1999 at 55 years old, at prime age and likely to inherit the Paterno throne, never to coach college football again. What did Joe-Pa and Penn State’s administration know, and when? Are Paterno and Penn State responsible for future acts committed by Sandusky’s against children in his power since then?
Best-case scenario is charges are never brought, and Sandusky retires with his reputation in shambles. Worst-case, Sandusky is charged. Did Penn State’s influence help get him out of trouble?
An investigation of a complaint made by a 15-year-old in 2009 went on for 18 months, with Paterno and athletic director Tim Curley being interviewed.
Don’t underestimate the power of Paterno and Penn State in central Pennsylvania when it comes to police, politicians and the media.
But what’s more important, Penn State football or the welfare of a few kids? You might not want to hear the answer.
As of December 10, 2011, numerous additional charges have been brought against Sandusky; Paterno and Curley have been fired. Penn State, Curley and Paterno’s involvement in these allegations are still being investigated.
Madden, M. (2011, April 3). [Web log message]. Retrieved from http://www.timesonline.com/sports/mark_madden/