The former defense coordinator for Pennsylvania State University's football team is charged with sexually abusing eight boys through a charity he ran — and university officials are charged with covering it up.
Jerry Sandusky was key to Penn State's long success under head coach Joe Paterno, now the winningest coach of all time. He was also a well-respected community man, reports say, and he founded the charity Second Mile in 1977, to assist impoverished local youths.
Instead, prosecutors now allege, Sandusky victimized them, subjecting them to sexual harassment and abuse over a period of years. The attacks allegedly happened at his home, and in the university's football complex, where he maintained an office even after his retirement in 1999.
Two university officials are accused of lying to a grand jury about what they knew about Sandusky's attacks, and of failing to report obviously criminal allegations to police, the Associated Press reported. In one incident in 2002, the indictment says a graduate student witnessed Sandusky assaulting a boy in a shower at the football facility. He reported it the next day to Paterno, who immediately informed the athletic director, Tim Curley. But Curley never informed police, and told a grand jury that he had only heard a report that Sandusky had been "horsing around."