August 31st, 2012
10:19 PM ET

Penn State scandal: Where things stand

The Penn State football team started its first season since former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was found guilty of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

The Nittany Lions' home game against Ohio University also will be the first time since 1966 that the team starts a season without Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, who died in January, two months after the board of trustees fired him for allegedly failing to take his knowledge of the scandal to appropriate authorities.

Though Sandusky was convicted in June, many parts of the Sandusky matter have not been resolved. Here is where things stand in the scandal:

Two former Penn State officials face trial; state's investigation continues

Two former Penn State officials former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President Gary Schulz  each are charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations. They have pleaded not guilty; a trial is tentatively scheduled for January 7.

In July, a Penn State-commissioned report led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh gave a scathing account of what the university allegedly knew and when. It alleges Curley, Schultz, then-Penn State President Graham Spanier and Paterno concealed child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.

A grand jury still is investigating the Sandusky case. Spanier has not been charged. Pennsylvania's attorney general said the Freeh Report "will not hinder the continuing work of our statewide investigating grand jury, nor will it impact ongoing criminal prosecutions."

Attorneys for Curley, Schultz and Spanier have criticized the Freeh report, saying it is incomplete and inaccurate.

Sources close to the case told the Harrisburg Patriot-News in July that three men claimed they were sexually abused by Sandusky as early as the 1970s - at least two decades sooner than the cases for which Sandusky was convicted. The attorney general’s office hasn’t said whether more charges will be filed.

Sandusky sentenced

Sandusky, who was found guilty of 45 counts, was sentenced on October 9 to no less than 30 years and no more than 60 years in prison with credit for time served. He was convicted in June of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky maintains he is innocent.

Lawsuits

Penn State already has been named in several civil lawsuits, and more are possible. The latest lawsuit, filed in August by a man authorities called "Victim 1," accuses the school of concealing the abuse. The first suit, filed against the school, Sandusky and the charity that Sandusky founded for disadvantaged youths, The Second Mile, was filed in November.

Penn State's primary general liability insurer, the Pennsylvania Manufacturer's Association Insurance Co., has been fighting the school in court, saying it shouldn't have to cover claims relating to the scandal. The company alleges the school did not provide it with timely information about Sandusky's behavior relevant to the insurable risk the association assumed.

The university has said it believes it has sufficient resources and insurance coverage to address "the financial obligations which may arise from known and expected litigation and claims as well as other costs associated with recent events.” The school’s president has said that no tuition, state or philanthropic money will be used to pay costs relating to the Sandusky matter, including legal defense or public relations efforts.

Department of Education investigation

The U.S. Department of Education is investigating Penn State's compliance with the Clery Act, a federal law that requires universities to report crimes on or near campus and provide timely warnings if reported crimes threaten the campus community.

The law carries fines of up to $27,500 per violation. Schools that fail to comply with the Clery Act also can be suspended from the federal financial aid program, according to the Department of Education.

Penn State warned by accreditation group

The Middle States Commission on Higher Education, which grants academic accreditation to Penn State, in August warned the school that it is in danger of losing that crucial status because of the Sandusky scandal.

Were the commission to pull Penn State's accreditation, the school would face the loss of eligibility for federal student aid programs, guaranteed student loans, federal research grants and could lose eligibility for state aid.

Penn State will resolve the commission's concerns, Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Blannie Bowen has said.

Charity's plan to shut down is on hold

Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile, asked a court in May for permission to transfer its programs to another charity. But in August - in agreement with the state attorney general's office and some of Sandusky's victims - it said it was asking the court to disregard the request.

The latest move "will allow any pending or future claims filed by Jerry Sandusky's victims to be resolved before key programs or assets are considered for transfer," the charity said on its website.

Several of Sandusky's victims had been part of The Second Mile.

The charity has continued to offer programs, including summer camps and a mentoring system.

Football sanctions

After the Freeh Report was issued, the NCAA on July 23 banned Penn State's football team from the postseason for four years. The school also vacated its wins from 1998 to 2011, and will lose 20 football scholarships a year for four seasons.

Penn State says that because of the NCAA sanctions, the school will have to return all the football trophies it won from 1998 to 2011.

Some football players transferred over the summer, including star tailback Silas Redd, who left for the University of Southern California.

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  1. charles bowen

    All they need is a new slogan like, Come on Boys let go win one for the old zipper. Its old but it speaks volumes Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    September 1, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Demarcus E

    I watched the game and noticed there sure weren't many attractive ladies in the stands. I didn't see a single one. It looked like moat of the crowd consisted of nerdy looking guys and older married couples. Guess all the pretty girls are going to a good school where the weather is better. Maybe in Florida or California.

    September 2, 2012 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Demarcus E

    Plus it is hard to believe Ohio actually beat them. Did you see how fat and out of shape the Ohio team looked? Looked like a ragtag high school team. I wonder if the Penn State coach fussed his team out for playing so well during half time? It almost looked like Penn State tried to loose.

    September 2, 2012 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  4. @anders 9:30

    Your reasoning is flawed.
    "Everyone knew about the [concentration] camps." Oscar Schindler. (Shindlers List) Explaining how the VAST MAJORITY of adult German citizen leaders knew all about jews being enslaved and did NOTHING. Very few joined the Nazi resistance. Most everyone kept their mouths shut and followed Hitler to his death.
    Just like PENN STATE. Students and faculty knew for years, and said nothing. Even cheering for the enemy! (Jerry Sandusky)

    September 2, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Obama Mama

      I thought noone really knew until the 2 men escaped from the prison camps. Rudolf Vrba and Alfred Wetzler.

      September 2, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @anders 9:30

    The similarities between Penn State and Germany ruled by the nazi party are many.
    Everyone knew about the camps, but sided with nazis anyway. Even church leaders did this as many of their own members were being thrown into the camps right along with jews! (for not willingly going along with the mistreatment of jews, and exposing nazis who torched the Reichstag, Germany's 9/11)
    Germans herded their jews into ghettos long before WWII...LONG BEFORE THE NAZI POLITICAL PARTY CAME INTO POWER. Americans rejected shiploads of jews seeking political refuge before WWII, no other nation allowed jews assylum either.
    Penn Staters who knew but didn't tell will not be given assylum either.
    This war on men who raype just boys, never girls, will be won.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. @anders 9:30

    Why I stated "adult" German leaders knew of and approved of the mistreatment of jews... (sort of like black African citizen slaves before they were sold to American citizen landowners...how black people were treated by US)...is because many of Germany's citizen leaders were youths...Hitler Youths. Germans viewed them exactly as we view Boy Scouts. Honorable. Trustworthy. Leaders.
    Ask any Boy Scout how many Homeland security Prisons have been built since 9/11. Hitler Youth were kept in the dark too. The excuse? Too young to worry about politics. They're just boys, we say. I guess you were never a foolish boy.

    September 2, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy©

    Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura.
    Yeah, we've seen that show, too.

    September 2, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Connie

    I don't understand the lack of charges against Spanier. He was so obviously complicit in the coverup. His e-mails are irrefutable evidence that he not only knew what was going on but that he understood the legal ramifications of not doing the right thing. Unbelievable. I can't understand why he hasn't been charged.

    October 4, 2012 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Donald Morgan

    What happened to Due Process, is it now based on ignorance or desire?

    October 13, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
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