The Jerry Sandusky mugshot has finally been released. The former Penn State defensive coordinator was arrested November 5, and is facing 40 counts of criminal sexual abuse with children.
These allegations occurred from 1994 to 2009 and include eight named victims, who have testified that Sandusky befriended them through The Second Mile organization, which Sandusky founded for troubled young boys. As a part of this non-profit charity, Sandusky would often have the young boys sleep over at his home and provide them with trips to sporting events and Penn State football games. It was during these events that Sandusky would sexually assault the boys, either in his basement or in the Penn State football facilities, including the teams’ showers.
Sandusky was later banned from bringing these boys to the football building after he was caught sexually abusing a 10-year-old in the locker room by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, who had informed head coach Joe Paterno of the situation. However, the incident went unreported until recently.
According to prosecutors, the university had multiple opportunities to stop Sandusky’s alleged abuse, but did nothing. And that is why Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school’s senior vice president for business and finance, are now facing perjury charges. They have since stepped down from their positions, but maintain that they are innocent of any wrongdoing with this scandal.
Amidst this controversy, Penn State head coach Joe Paterno has decided to retire at the end of the season. Although he is not a target of this investigation, many people believe he is partly to blame for the way the university ineffectively handled the abuse accusations.
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