Tim Curley and Gary Schultz each pleaded guilty on Monday to misdemeanor child endangerment charges as part of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. The charge is punishable by up to five years in prison, but the two avoided felony convictions. Read more »
Jeffrey Sandusky, the 41-year-old son of convicted Penn State child molester Jerry Sandusky, is being held on $200,000 bail after being charged with asking one of his two stepdaughters for oral sex and requesting naked photos from the other one. Both were minors at the time of the alleged incidents. Read more »
Penn State’s costs in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal have reached a quarter-billion dollars — and are growing.
The AP reports Penn State’s costs in the Sandusky scandal have risen to at least $237 million. That includes the recent $12 million judgment the school was ordered to pay Mike McQueary, the assistant football coach who first walked in on former PSU defensive coordinator Sandusky and a boy in the showers at Penn State. Read more »
A Philadelphia judge unveiled depositions that shed light on the details of disturbing claims, revealed in May, that Penn State officials were aware of sexual abuse allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky far earlier than originally thought.
The documents stirred the pot of controversy surrounding Sandusky as well as former head football coach Joe Paterno and other university officials.
The stories of four alleged sexual abuse victims were addressed in multiple cases detailed in documents released by a judge in the university’s courtroom clash with its commercial general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. The documents could reveal whether Penn State officials knew about inappropriate incidents regarding Sandusky decades ago and chose not to alert the insurance company.
The former top lawyer for Penn State said he told the university’s vice president to notify a state agency about child abuse allegations against assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in 2001. The claim was included in a deposition given on May 31st. Read more »
Penn State University president Eric Barron denounced a string of new allegations about the extent of the university’s knowledge of Jerry Sandusky‘s sexual abuse of children, and criticized the media for continuing to scrutinize the school, four years after Sandusky was convicted on dozens of sexual assault charges.
Barron shared his thoughts in a letter that was posted on Penn State’s website on Sunday, while the university was still reeling from the deluge of claims about Sandusky, who continues to cast a haunting shadow over the school even while he festers behind bars.
The first shockwave hit last Wednesday, in court documents tied to a legal battle between Penn State and its general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company, over the more than $90 million in settlements that the university has paid out to Sandusky’s victims. Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer wrote that PMA claims a boy told late football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he’d been abused by Sandusky. The insurance company also claims that two assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children in the late 1980s, and that another molestation claim had been reported to an athletic director around that same time.
Did Penn State University football coach Joe Paterno know about Jerry Sandusky’s horrific pedophiliac ways 40 years ago?
That disturbing possibility was raised in a court filing Wednesday, as part of an ugly legal battle between Penn State and the university’s commercial general liability insurer, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company. At the heart of the dispute is whether PMA should cover some or all of the $60 million the university has paid out in settlements to victims of Sandusky in recent years, based on what Penn State officials knew about Sandusky — and when.
Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Glazer referenced a long-ago alleged report of abuse in an opinion that delved into the particulars of Penn State’s various policies with PMA. The line that grabbed the most attention, of course, referred to Paterno. Read more »
Update, 4 p.m.: Jerry Sandusky attended Monday’s hearing wearing an orange prison jumpsuit, according to ABC News. As he entered the courthouse, Sandusky reportedly told reporters to “read what has been written,” and offered no other commentary on his chances for a new trial.
The presiding judge, John Cleland, questioned Sandusky’s attorney Al Lindsay as to whether there really is a strong enough argument for him to grant an evidentiary hearing almost four years after his client’s conviction. Read more »
A Commonwealth Court panel ruled unanimously today that Jerry Sandusky is still entitled to his state pension despite being convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys.
Sandusky, the Penn State football team’s defensive coordinator from 1977 to 1999, was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in 2012 and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.
As a result, he lost his $4,900-a-month state pension when the State Employees Retirement System (SERS) ruled he was no longer eligible for it. Sandusky lost an appeal, but his lawyer vowed to keep fighting.
In conflict is the Pennsylvania law regarding pensions. Prior to 2004, when an amended law was passed, Pennsylvanians could only lose their state pensions if they were convicted of financial crimes. The 2004 law was not made retroactive, so Sandusky’s crimes do not apply. Read more »
Good morning, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know today:
• Mayor Nutter wants to repeat Popeadelphia’s car-free streets, too — and soon.
One of the clear successes of the papal visit was how Philadelphians — and our visitors — embraced the car-free streets of the “Francis Festival Grounds” as a place to jog, play football, and generally saunter in relaxed, neighborly fashion. An “Open Streets PHL” campaign had gotten under way to persuade the next mayor to create a car-free weekend next year. Mayor Nutter is way ahead of that: PhillyVoice.com reports he wants to repeat the experiment this year, before he leaves office.
“Mayor Nutter is excited about the possibilities for creating an innovative Urban Commons on a section of Center City,” a spokesman told the website. The commons area would be “considerably smaller than the Francis Festival Grounds, for biking, walking, running, skateboarding, rollerblading and a range of programming.” The administration will be contacting “impacted stakeholders” soon to figure out how to pull it off. Read more »