Yesterday, the state of Pennsylvania released the full grand jury presentment on the Jerry Sandusky case. The report, a 23-page PDF filled with uncomfortable and sad accounts of Sandusky’s love of young boys, details the findings that led to charges being brought against Sandusky, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, and the school’s senior VP of business and finance, Gary Schultz.
Here’s a synopsis:
There were – at least – eight victims who were exposed to Sandusky’s manipulative and devious sexual advances.
Sandusky, who played for Joe Paterno and coached under him from 1977-1999, had full access to all university athletic facilities both during his time as coach and after he retired (since he still ran camps and remained a part of the school community). Those camps were often for members of The Second Mile, a group founded by Sandusky which started out as a foster home and later grew into a full-fledged charity aimed at helping troubled young boys, most of whom came from dysfunctional and unfortunate upbringings.
He used this access to molest several of the boys.
The presentment details eight different victims (though it wouldn't be surprising if there were more), all of whom experienced Sandusky’s sexual advances. His go-to moves were the following: When driving with the boys (to and from camp, to Penn State and Eagles football games, and other places), Sandusky would often place his hand on their legs to gauge their tolerance for such uncomfortable advances. He also routinely performed a “back-cracking” move in which he would roll beneath a boy (sometimes when they were sleeping at Sandusky's home) and crack his back, as a way to ease into other advances. He would persuade many of the boys to take showers with him after camp activities and other physical events, even when the boys were not sweaty. He often asked the ones who seemed uncomfortable in the shower – evidenced by them standing a few stalls away from Sandusky – to come closer… so he could touch, lick, “bear hug,” and have sex with them.
On one such occasion, in 2002, a Penn State graduate assistant heard “rhythmic, slapping sounds” coming from the showers in the locker room. When he looked in, he found Sandusky having anal sex with a young boy estimated to be about 10-years-old. The incident was reported to Joe Paterno, who then relayed the report to his boss, athletic director Tim Curley.
Curley told Paterno and the graduate assistant that he would handle it. Curley and Schultz (VP of business and finance) called the assistant into a meeting a few weeks later. The assistant says he described the incident in detail. Schultz, however, told the grand jury that he and Curley understood the contact to be “inappropriate,” but that they didn’t believe a crime (sex) was committed. They revoked Sandusky’s access to the locker rooms and prohibited him from bringing young boys onto campus. Police were never called.
Sandusky was arraigned on a litany of sexual abuse charges. Curley and Schutlz are being charged with perjury and failure to report. Paterno faces no charges, as prosecutors believe he did the right thing.
After the jump you will find disturbing excerpts from the grand jury’s presentment detailing Sandusky’s interaction with young boys. Caution: Awful and disgusting would be the only way to describe this. The accounts are graphic. These are direct screenshots from the presentment, which was released to the public yesterday. You can read the full 23-page document here.