A Look at What's Next in Penn State Scandal After Guilty Verdict in Sandusky Trial
BELLEFONTE – Jerry Sandusky is guilty on 45 of 48 counts in a child sex abuse case. He is going to jail for the rest of his life.
But storm clouds remain in wake of the biggest trial in the history of Centre County. There is the possibility Penn State covered up Sandusky's actions for years, hoping to save face while children continued to be sexually abused.
Civil suits aplenty are almost certainly on the horizon — it became known just Thursday that one was filed by a 30-year-old Ohio man named Travis Weaver, who said Sandusky abused him more than 100 times, including at the 1994 Rose Bowl.
An appeal could be forthcoming as well, but how likely is it that will be given much consideration?
Friday night, one of the darkest chapters in university history closed.
Several more remain open.
Perjury Cases for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz
Top university administrators Curley and Schultz, as many know by now, are being accused of lying to the grand jury about the severity of sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky regarding the 2001 Lasch Football building shower incident.
Expect the same flurry of pretrial motion activity seen before the Sandusky trial play out here over the next couple months.
On Friday, it became known a hearing for Curley and Schultz, who face perjury charges related to the Sandusky child sexual abuse case, is set for 1 p.m. July 11 at the Dauphin County Courthouse.
The Commonwealth must provide the defense responses to discovery requests by Aug. 1, and filing of defense pre-trial motions has been extended to Sept. 17, according to a court order.
So, don’t expect a trial until fall, if at all.
Federal authorities are investigating Penn State, Sandusky and his charity, The Second Mile. Penn State received a subpoena Feb. 2 requesting information about the university and former top university officials Graham Spanier, Curley and Schultz.
It appears the investigation is looking into a potential cover-up.
The subpoena asked for:
- Payments made by university board members to third parties.
- Records of complaints, interviews or out-of-court settlements regarding Sandusky.
- Computer hard drives.
- Correspondence with The Second Mile.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh is conducting an independent investigation into the missteps that occurred and what changes should be made in wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Penn State has said the report could be released by the start of the fall semester. It will be released to the public, university’s Board of Trustees and officials at the same time.
Hundreds have been interviewed, and, according to reports, the scope of the report delves into, among other things, the football program’s influence on the athletic department and university.
The U.S. Department of Education is investigating whether or not Penn State complied with the Clery Act in response to allegations of child sex abuse by Sandusky.
Under the Clery Act, universities must disclose the number of reported criminal offenses on campus each year. In certain cases, they must issue a warning if a reported crime represents a threat to the campus community, according to the Department of Education.
State’s Attorney General Investigation
The grand jury is continuing to meet in Harrisburg.
Penn State was issued a fresh batch of subpoenas in the spring, including president Rodney Erickson, who has yet to testify in front of the grand jury.
That means more charges could be forthcoming. Perhaps the former president, Spanier?
NBC reported at the onset of the Sandusky trial of emails between Spanier, Curley and Schultz discussing whether or not to inform authorities about child molestation allegations against Sandusky.
NCAA and Big Ten Investigations
The NCAA is investigating Penn State’s institutional control over its athletics programs.
The NCAA President, Mark Emmert, cited specific concerns about several NCAA violations, including a lack of institutional control, which can lead to some of the harshest penalties in college athletics.
The Big Ten requested from Penn State and the NCAA in early December that the conference's legal counsel be allowed to participate in investigations conducted by the university and the NCAA.
If adverse findings are made in the areas of institutional control, ethical conduct or compliance, the conference can impose sanctions.
Second Mile Investigation
Sandusky’s charity conducted an internal investigation headed up by former Philadelphia District Attorney Lynne Abraham.
In late March, the United States Postal Inspection Service launched an investigation into Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile.
Two months later, The Second Mile announced plans to transfer all of its assets and programs to the Houston-based nonprofit Arrow Child & Family Ministries, which has operations in Pennsylvania.