As more and more graphic details come out in this trial, the more and more I am absolutely sickened by the fact that so many people did nothing to help these little boys. This man was an absolute monster. He is a predator who deserves to go away for life. Read this ABC article to learn more, though it is very disturbing…
Jerry Sandusky’s former daughter-in-law today railed against a court ruling allowing the accused child molester to visit with his grandchildren, saying that Sandusky had inappropriately touched her son and she suspected he was grooming the boy for sexual abuse. Jill Thomas, who was married to Sandusky’s son Matt,…
While speaking to the media, Joseph Amendola (lawyer for Jerry Sandusky, who is facing multiple child sex abuse charges) recommended that everyone who believes Sandusky is guilty should call “1-800-REALITY.” (I guess that is supposed to be clever or something?) But unfortunately for Amendola, that number is real… and it takes you to a gay sex hotline.
According to the Huffington Post, 1-800-REALITY describes itself as being “the hottest place for triple-X action.” And if you call, you be ready “for bulging, bursting pleasure with horny gay, bi, and bi-curious studs. Just 99 cents per minute.”
Wow. Thanks for the recommendation.
This article just makes me so angry, yet so so sad for the victim. How can teenagers — one year away from going off on their own to college — be so cold-hearted and cruel to someone in obvious pain?
The first known alleged victim in the Jerry Sandusky case, known as “Victim One” was forced to leave his school because of an onslaught of bullying, The Patriot-News reports.
Mike Gillum, psychologist for the family, told the news source that officials at Central Mountain High School didn’t step in and provide guidance to the boy’s classmates, who began to blame Joe Paterno’s firing on the 17-year-old.
Victim One testified he was forced into multiple sex acts between 2006 and 2008. During that time, Sandusky was also assisting the high school with their varsity football program, the report states.
Gillum told The Patriot News that name-calling and verbal threats at the school, which is located about 30 miles northeast of Pennsylvania State University, became too much for the boy to bear.
The Centre Daily Times wrote the 23-page report by a state grand jury investigation alleges that Sandusky molested at least eight boys over a 15-year period, beginning with “Victim 1.” In the report, the victim testifies that Sandusky began a physical relationship with him during sleepovers at his house, where the accused would blow on the boy’s bare stomach and crack his back.
The boy later testified that the relationship became sexual, with Sandusky performing oral sex on him more than 20 times, according to the Centre Daily Times.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh was tapped Monday to lead the inquiry into the child sex-abuse allegations, an investigation Freeh says will go as far back as 1975.
The 17-year-old has left the school in the middle of his senior year, and the Keystone Central School District issued a statement to the Centre Daily, saying it would be said “inappropriate” to comment on the case publicly.
The allegations have also led to the removal of long-time football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier.
First it was Sandusky & Penn State.
Now there are two other university sex scandals going on at Syracuse & the Citadel.
First, at the prestigious Citadel military college in Charleston, SC, Louis “Skip” ReVille — a former coach,cadet, and camp counselor — was just arrested for child molestation. May I add that he was arrested in Mount Pleasant, SC (my hometown… probably the most exciting/worthwhile thing that police force has ever done…).
ReVille hopped around to different places in the Charleston area, preying on young boys while working as a teacher, volunteering as a sports coach, running Bible studies, and even acting as a foster parent. Here is a glimpse of the massive scandal that has erupted:
And today the media is reporting that an assistant coach at Syracuse is now being investigated for molesting ball boys. The details, from NBC Sports, can be found below.
Longtime Syracuse assistant coach Bernie Fine is the subject of a police investigation into allegations that he molested a team ball boy for more than a dozen years, starting in the mid-1980s, according to an ESPN report.
The alleged victim, Bobby Davis, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him in 1983 just before Davis entered seventh grade. According to the report, Davis says the abuse happened at Fine’s home, at Syracuse basketball facilities and on road trips, including the 1987 Final Four. Davis spent six years at Syracuse’s ball boy. There are graphic details about Davis’ allegations in the ESPN story and can be found here and here.
Fine is in his 35th season as a Syracuse assistant to Jim Boeheim. He has been placed on administrative leave.
Davis, now 39, says the abuse continued until he was 27 and reported the abuse to Syracuse police in 2003, but detectives told him the statute of limitations had expired and they would not investigate. ESPN investigated the story in 2003, but decided not to run the story because Davis was the only person willing to talk. The Syracuse Post-Standard also investigated the allegations in 2003.
The news is emerging now because another alleged victim says he was sexually abused by Fine and is coming forward now because of news coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State, according to ESPN’s story.
Kevin Quinn, Syracuse’s senior vice president for public affairs, issued a statement Thursday night on behalf of the school:
“In 2005, Syracuse University was contacted by an adult male who told us that he had reported to the Syracuse City Police that he had been subjected to inappropriate contact by an associate men’s basketball coach. The alleged activity took place in the 1980′s and 1990′s. We were informed by the complainant that the Syracuse City Police had declined to pursue the matter because the statute of limitations had expired.
“On hearing of the allegations in 2005, the University immediately launched its own comprehensive investigation through its legal counsel. That nearly four-month long investigation included a number of interviews with people the complainant said would support his claims. All of those identified by the complainant denied any knowledge of wrongful conduct by the associate coach. The associate coach also vehemently denied the allegations.
“Syracuse University takes any allegation of this sort extremely seriously and has zero tolerance for abuse of any kind. If any evidence or corroboration of the allegations had surfaced, we would have terminated the associated coach and reported it to the police immediately. We understand that the Syracuse City Police has now reopened the case, and Syracuse University will cooperate fully. We are steadfastly committed ensuring that SU remains a safe place for every member of our campus community.”
Police are now reopening the investigation.
What is going on at our universities?? Better yet, what is going on in our culture??
Why is this all coming to light now? Why hasn’t anyone spoken up until now? Why didn’t witnesses come forward when they first realized something was wrong? Why were sexual abuse reports hidden and ignored by school officials? I just have so many questions and am at a complete loss for words…
This whole Penn State debacle is absolutely devastating and the decisions that have to be made after these allegations have come to light are not going to be easy. As much as I would love to say, “Joe Paterno made this university what it is today. More than 50 years at PSU shows that he is devoted and hard-working and a true inspiration. He is the face of Penn State football and should remain with the team for the rest of the season” … I just can’t. No matter how much love or respect I have for the man, I cannot forgive the fact that he did not step in and protect children against a sexual predator.
I don’t think anyone in their right mind should put Paterno (a symbol of the university, an integral part of the institution) ahead of the lives and innocence of at least 8 little boys. These boys are the victims — not Joe Paterno. In my mind he dug his own grave. It’s sad and it’s unfortunate and I don’t want the “JoePa era” to end this way, but he should have handled this situation differently.
This is why, as much as I feel for the PSU students, I am angered over their reaction to Paterno being fired. I understand that you love him and support him — but personal responsibility and moral obligations should still be a priority, no matter how famous and popular you are. I don’t care how many great things Paterno did for the university… his time is up. He should not be on the football field anymore. His reputation is tarnished. No one will be able to look at him the same.
What message are you sending if you allow Paterno to continue coaching? “Yes, Paterno knew that Sandusky was raping little boys, but he’s a great figure at PSU and we are loyal followers.” If that’s not idolatry then I don’t know what is.
Students destroying parts of campus and flipping over news vans is ridiculous. These kids need to sit down and straighten out their priorities. Football …or protecting children from sexual abuse and rape?
Additionally, I want to say one more thing. Everyone that has been fired from the university has deserved it, in my opinion. Paterno, the University President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Timothy Curley, Vice President Gary Schultz — they all deserved to go. But another person needs to be fired: Mike McQueary. He is the graduate assistant who walked in on Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy. Yes, he told Paterno. But that’s IT?
How can you walk in on something like that and not try to stop it? If you walked in on Sandusky beating up a child, wouldn’t you intervene? If you came across someone raping a woman, would you not try to help? I don’t care if McQueary “reported” this incident to someone… he didn’t do enough.
How can you walk in on THIS…
According to a grand jury report, the graduate student entered a locker room on a Friday night in 2002 to stow away some sneakers.
“As the graduate student entered the locker room doors, he was surprised to find the lights and showers on,” the grand jury report stated. “He then heard rhythmic, slapping sounds.”
The assistant looked into the shower and “saw a naked boy … whose age he estimated to be 10 years old, with his hands up against the wall, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky,” the grand jury report stated.
…and not do anything??? It should also be noted that McQueary, after basically doing nothing asfter witnessing child rape, was then promoted and now holds a prominent coaching position at PSU. This Bleach Report article is 100% correct, in my opinion:
A lot of blame has been placed on Paterno [...] But McQueary deserves just as much blame.
This was essentially a cover-up by everyone involved that knew of Sandusky’s alleged wrongdoings. Sure, Paterno didn’t alert police of the matter after administration swept it under the rug. But McQueary also stood idly by when Sandusky continued to roam the campus.
If anything, McQueary was even more to blame than Paterno because he allegedly saw it first-hand, and Paterno only received the story from McQueary.
It all comes down to the fact that everyone knew something was up, but didn’t want to be the first to disgrace Penn State’s “clean” record or lose their jobs. In reality, they were disgraces themselves for allowing such unfathomable things to happen right in front of them.
I’m hoping we see McQueary ousted in the next day or two.
For now, let’s just pray for the true victims — the little boys who no one at PSU stood up for, whose innocence was stolen.
This story about Jerry Sandusky is absolutely deplorable. For those who don’t know much about the situation, take a look at the CNN clip below.
So Joe Paterno apparently heard from a graduate student that Sandusky was engaging in innappropriate acts with minors in the Penn State showers. He reported it to his superiors, but then it seems he forgot about this little issue all together. He is now claiming to the press that he is “shocked” and “saddened” by this story, but he did, in fact, do everything he was “supposed to” when he heard about Sandusky. He told someone about Sandusky’s actions, so he is innocent.
Now I understand that Joe Paterno is a football legend. And yes, he did report to his superiors when he heard about Sandusky’s actions. I understand that he is not morally corrupt (unlike athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz) because he did not help with the cover-up of this disgusting crime. But by claiming innocence because you “did your part” and reported this illegal activity to University officials is ridiculous. “Doing your part” would be taking this accusation seriously, reporting it to officials and police, and following up until something was done about it. I have always had a lot of respect for JoePa, but now he is just a disappointment to me.
I found this NBC blog article about the subject, and I think the author is 100% accurate in everything he writes:
This has to be end for Paterno
Until all the facts come out and the legal process reaches a conclusion, I don’t know if it’s fair to yell “Fire Joe Paterno” in light of these recent sexual abuse allegations leveled against one of his former assistant coaches. That would suggest that he is largely to blame.
But I do believe this has to be the end for Paterno at Penn State. And it’s sad, because his legacy is not only tainted, but in the worst way possible.
If Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz are eventually found to be guilty of felony perjury for lying to a grand jury and failing to report to law enforcement what they knew about the behavior of Jerry Sandusky, the alleged predator in question, then they need to be punished severely.
Paterno’s culpability hinges on his claim that when then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary came to him in March 2002 and said he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting an underage boy in the showers, Paterno said McQueary had not been specific with him about what occurred. Paterno said he then “referred the matter to university administrators,” because by that time Sandusky had been retired as an assistant coach.
This is an example of how difficult it is for a coach from another era to be the CEO of a major college football program in the modern world. Maybe Paterno – who was 75 at the time this took place – thought it was enough to pass this highly disturbing information up the chain of command and not follow up. Maybe, because he was 75, he thought he was following proper procedure.
I don’t know about you, but if somebody told me that an individual had sexually abused a child, I think I wouldn’t be able to rest until the matter was fully investigated, and the accused in question was either punished, or exonerated if the allegations proved false.
In the case of Sandusky, there should have been an urgency on the part of Paterno to follow up, because Sandusky could have kept doing it. There was a moral obligation to follow up, to prevent more abuse and more damage to children.
The fact that Paterno didn’t follow through was, at the very least, an indication that he wasn’t sharp enough at his age to handle a crisis like that. At the very worst, the possibility exists he could have been covering up for a long-time assistant by wishing it weren’t true and hoping it would all go away – much like Curley and Schultz are alleged to have done.
It’s terribly sad that the Joe Paterno era should end on such an ugly note. But end it must.
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