Jerry Sandusky Scandal: Penn State Cover-Up?
Was Penn State Covering for Jerry Sandusky?
As the Jerry Sandusky scandal grows, more alleged victims are stepping forward, bringing the number to close to 20. Jerry Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of child molestation, at least half of which took place while he was a Penn State employee.
The abuses could date back to the 1970s. This raises the questions of how much Penn State knew about Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex abuses, and why the university had no reaction to the first police investigation.
What Did Joe Paterno Know?
The New York Times has a timeline of the police investigation, which is linked below. When investigators spoke to Mike McQueary, who was by then an assistant coach, they described his recollection of the event "explicit and unequivocal".
Mike McQueary was apparently crushed with guilt over not taking more decisive action after allegedly witnessing Jerry Sandusky rape a 10-year-old boy. This could be why he felt the urge to change his own narrative later on.
So Joe Paterno definitely knew about the 2002 incident in the Penn State locker room, but what about prior accusations against Jerry Sandusky? It seems unlikely that he would be clueless about these allegations for so many years, allegations characterized as more or less of an open secret.
Jerry Sandusky's Missing Records
Meanwhile, some of Jerry Sandusky's expense records from his work with Second Mile have gone missing: particularly the records from 2000-2003. Police find this suspicious.
But what most struck the investigators, according to people with knowledge of the current case, was that the university itself seemed to have done nothing in the wake of the police investigation. Whether that was because other senior officials at Penn State did not know of the investigation or because they knew of it, but chose to do nothing, is a central question for investigators today.