The trial of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach charged with child rape, is now under way.
Sandusky, 68, has been under house arrest since being charged with sexually abusing 10 boys for at least 15 years. Prosecutors allege that he met some of his accusers through Second Mile, a charity he created for underprivileged children. In interviews after his arrest, Sandusky acknowledged showering and "horsing around" with boys but denied being sexually attracted to them. Sandusky faces 52 criminal counts related to child sexual abuse.¬†He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
A jury of five men and seven women, along with four alternates, was selected last week. Half of the 16 jurors and alternates have ties to Penn State, including one retired professor and one current professor, three graduates, two employees and one current student, showing the prominence of the university in the local community.
Here's a look at some the key players, pertinent facts about the case and how it all unraveled:
Birth¬†date: ¬†January 26, 1944
Birth¬†name:¬†¬†¬†¬†Gerald Arthur Sandusky
Marriage: Dorothy "Dottie" (Gross)¬†Sandusky¬†(1966 – present)
Children: ¬†(all adopted) E.J. (male), Kara, Jon, Jeff, Ray, Matt, Sandusky¬†also¬†fostered several children.
Occupation:¬†¬†¬†Retired assistant football coach at¬†Penn¬†State¬†for 32 years, including 23 years as defensive coordinator.
The Second Mile
Founded¬†in 1977 in¬†State College,¬†Pennsylvania, by Jerry Sandusky.
Initially¬†began as a group foster home for troubled boys but grew into a non-profit organization that "helps young people to achieve their potential as individuals and community members."¬†Annually¬†provides services to more than 100,000 children from all counties in¬†Pennsylvania.
A grand jury report says Sandusky molested young boys after developing close relationships with them through The Second Mile. David Woodle, acting CEO of the organization, said the group was "sorrowful and horrified" and is concerned most about the alleged victims and their families.
Tim¬†Curley –¬†Former¬†Penn¬†State¬†athletic director; charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations.
Mike¬†McQueary¬†–¬†Penn¬†State¬†receivers coach who allegedly witnessed the rape of a young boy by Jerry Sandusky in a¬†Penn¬†State¬†locker room in 2002; placed on administrative leave.
Jerry¬†Sandusky – Founder of The Second Mile and retired¬†Penn¬†State¬†assistant football coach; accused of sexually abusing young boys he met through the non-profit organization over a period of at least 15 years.
Gary¬†Schultz – Former vice president for finance and business at¬†Penn¬†State; charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations.
Graham¬†Spanier¬†– Former president of¬†Penn¬†State.
Read the¬†criminal complaint against Sandusky¬†(PDF)
Read the¬†grand jury findings in the case (PDF)¬†[WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]
Read the¬†civil complaint lawsuit¬†filed against Sandusky (PDF)
Read the transcript of hearing in case against Curley, Schultz¬†(PDF) [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]
Timeline of specific stories of abuse, accusations
1994¬†– 1997 –¬†Sandusky¬†allegedly engages in inappropriate conduct with three different boys he met separately through The Second Mile program. One boy was 7 or 8, another was 10, and the third was 12 or 13 at the time.
1998¬†–¬†Penn¬†State¬†police and the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare investigate an incident in which the mother of an 11-year-old boy reports that¬†Sandusky¬†had showered with her son.
June¬†1, 1998¬†¬†–¬†Sandusky¬†is interviewed and admits showering naked with the boy, saying it was wrong and promising not to do it again. The district attorney advises investigators that no charges will be filed and the university police chief instructs that the case be closed.
2000¬†–¬†Sandusky¬†allegedly showers with a young boy and tries to touch his genitals during overnight stays at the coach's home, according to the now 24-year-old man's testimony.
2000¬†– James Calhoun, a janitor at¬†Penn¬†State, tells his supervisor and another janitor that he saw¬†Sandusky¬†sexually abusing a young boy in the¬†Lasch¬†Building¬†showers. No one reports the incident to university officials or law enforcement.
March¬†2, 2002 – Graduate assistant Mike¬†McQueary¬†tells Coach Joe¬†Paterno¬†that on March 1, 2002, he witnessed the rape of a 10-year-old boy by Jerry Sandusky in the¬†LaschBuilding¬†showers at¬†Penn¬†State.
March¬†3, 2002 –¬†Paterno¬†reports the incident to Athletic Director Tim Curley. Later,¬†McQueary¬†meets with Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz.McQueary¬†testifies that he told Curley and Schultz that he saw¬†Sandusky¬†and the boy engaged in anal¬†sex,¬†Curley and Schultz testify they were not told of such an allegation. Instead, Curley said he had the impression the conduct amounted to "horsing around." Schultz said he couldn't remember details.¬†Sandusky's locker room keys are confiscated and the incident is reported to The Second Mile, but no law enforcement investigation is launched.
2005¬†or 2006 –¬†Sandusky¬†allegedly befriends another Second Mile participant whose allegations would form the foundation of the multi-year grand jury investigation.
2006¬†or 2007 –¬†Sandusky¬†allegedly begins to spend more time with the boy, taking him to sporting events and giving him gifts. During this period¬†Sandusky¬†allegedly performs oral sex on the boy more than 20 times, and the boy performs oral sex on him once.
2008¬†– The boy breaks off contact with¬†Sandusky. Later, his mother calls the high school to report her son had been sexually assaulted and the principal bars¬†Sandusky¬†from campus and reports the incident to police. The ensuing investigation reveals 118 calls from¬†Sandusky's home and cell phone numbers to the boy's home.
How the case against Sandusky unfolded
1998¬†– Psychologist¬†Alycia¬†Chambers tells¬†Penn¬†State¬†police that Jerry Sandusky acted the way a pedophile might, in her assessment of a case in which the mother of a young boy reported that¬†Sandusky¬†had showered with her son and may have had inappropriate contact with him. A second psychologist, John¬†Seasock, reported he found no indication of child abuse.
November¬†4, 2011 – The grand jury report is released.
November¬†5, 2011 – Jerry Sandusky is arraigned on 40 criminal counts. He is released on $100,000 bail. Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz are each charged with one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations.
November¬†7, 2011 – Curley and Schultz, who have both stepped down from their positions, are arraigned.
November¬†11, 2011 – Mike¬†McQueary, a¬†Penn¬†State¬†receivers coach who allegedly witnessed the 2002 rape of a young boy, is placed on indefinite administrative leave.
November¬†11, 2011 – Students hold a candlelight vigil on the¬†University Park¬†campus for the victims of sexual abuse.
November¬†13, 2011 – Jack¬†Raykovitz, CEO of The Second Mile, resigns.
November 14, 2011 – In a phone interview with NBC's Bob Costas,¬†Sandusky¬†states that he is "innocent" of the charges and claims that the only thing he did wrong was having "showered with those kids."
November¬†15, 2011 –¬†The Morning Call (Allentown)¬†reports that in a November 8, 2011, email to a former classmate, Mike¬†McQueary¬†says he did stop the 2002 assault he witnessed and talked with police about it.
November 16, 2011 – Representatives of Penn State's campus police and State College police say they have no record of having received any report from¬†McQueary¬†about his having witnessed an alleged rape of a boy by former coach Jerry Sandusky.¬†November¬†16, 2011 – A new judge is assigned to the¬†Sandusky¬†case after it is discovered that the Leslie¬†Dutchcot, the¬†¬†judge who freed¬†Sandusky¬†on $100,000 bail, had volunteered at¬†Sandusky's The Second Mile charity.
November¬†21, 2011 – It is announced that former FBI Director Louis Freeh will lead an independent inquiry for¬†Penn¬†State¬†University¬†into the school's response to child sex abuse allegations.
November¬†22, 2011 – The Patriot-News reports that two cases of child sex abuse charges against¬†Sandusky¬†have been opened by Children and Youth Services in¬†Pennsylvania. The cases were reported less than two months ago and are in the initial stages of investigation.
November¬†22, 2011 – The administrative office of¬†Pennsylvania¬†courts announces that all¬†Centre¬†County¬†common pleas court judges have¬†recused¬†themselves from the¬†Sandusky case. The office said this is to avoid any conflicts of interest due to connections with¬†Sandusky, the Second Mile charity, or¬†Penn¬†State.
November¬†30, 2011 – The first lawsuit in the scandal is filed on behalf of a person listed in the complaint as "John Doe," who says he was 10 years-old when he met¬†Sandusky through The Second Mile charity. Attorneys say¬†Sandusky¬†sexually abused the alleged victim "over one hundred times" and threatened to harm the victim and his family if he alerted anyone to the alleged abuse.
December¬†2, 2011 – Attorneys for an alleged sexual abuse victim say they have reached a settlement with The Second Mile that allows it to stay in operation but requires it to obtain court approval before transferring assets or closing. The Second Mile also is required to notify the plaintiff about any proposed distribution of assets.
December¬†3, 2011 – In an interview with The New York Times,¬†Sandusky¬†says, "If I say, 'No, I'm not attracted to young boys,' that's not the truth. Because I'm attracted to young people - boys, girls - I ..." His lawyer, who was present at the interview, speaks up at that point to note that¬†Sandusky¬†is "not sexually" attracted to them.
December 7, 2011 – Sandusky is arrested on additional child rape charges, which raises the number of alleged victims from eight to 10 people, according to the Pennsylvania attorney general's office. He is charged with four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor. He also faces one new count of indecent assault and two counts of endangering a child's welfare, in addition to a single new count of indecent assault and two counts of corruption of minors.
December¬†8, 2011 –¬†Sandusky¬†is released on $250,000 bail. He will be placed under house arrest and will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device. He'll also be restricted from contacting the alleged victims, possible witnesses, and must be supervised during any interactions with minors.
December¬†13, 2011 –¬†Sandusky¬†enters a plea of not guilty and waives his right to a preliminary hearing.
December¬†16, 2011 – A hearing is held for Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. Mike¬†McQueary¬†testifies he told university officials that he saw¬†Sandusky¬†possibly sexually assaulting a boy in 2002. Following the testimony, the judge rules that the perjury case against Curley and Schultz will go to trial.
January¬†13, 2012 – Tim Curley and Gary Schultz enter pleas of not guilty for their failure to report child sex abuse and waive a court appearance scheduled for later this month.
January¬†27, 2012 –¬†Sandusky¬†files a request to modify the conditions of his bail so he can contact his grandchildren.
January¬†31, 2012 – Prosecutors file a motion for a change of venire.
February¬†10, 2012 – At Sandusky's hearing, prosecutors argue that¬†Sandusky¬†should be forbidden to be outside his home, which is close to a school playground, during his house arrest.
February¬†13, 2012 – Judge John Cleland eases conditions of¬†Sandusky's house arrest; including visits with eight of his grandchildren under parental supervision and visits from adult friends.¬†¬†Judge Cleland also denies the prosecutions' requests for a change of venire (the jury pool¬†be¬†drawn from outside the area) and that¬†Sandusky¬†refrain from using his deck.
February¬†13, 2012 – Tim Curley files motions to dismiss his charges of perjury and failing to report suspected abuse.
February¬†14, 2012 – Gary Schultz petitions to join Tim Curley's motion and also seeks dismissal of his perjury and failure to report charges.
February¬†14, 2012 –¬†Penn¬†State¬†says that the Jerry Sandusky case has cost the university $3.2 million thus far in combined legal, consultant and public relation fees.
February¬†23, 2012 –¬†Penn¬†State¬†says that the university has received a subpoena from the U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Pennsylvania requesting information aboutSandusky¬†and his charity.¬†Sandusky¬†is already being prosecuted by the¬†Pennsylvania¬†state Attorney General's Office over allegations that he sexually abused young boys over a period of 15 years.
March¬†29, 2012 – Jury selection, scheduled to start May 14, is postponed until June 5.
April¬†5, 2012 –¬†Sandusky's pre-trial hearing takes place.
April¬†9, 2012 – Judge John Cleland places a gag order on the case.
May¬†18, 2012 – Prosecutors amend charges against¬†Sandusky. The number of charges and victims remains the same, but more detail is provided. The additional information includes identifying the various types of sexual activity that¬†Sandusky¬†is accused of having with the young victims, as well as places where the alleged illicit incidents occurred.
May¬†25, 2012 – The Second Mile requests court approval in¬†Centre County,¬†Pennsylvania, to transfer its programs to Arrow Child & Family Ministries.
June¬†1, 2012 – The Pennsylvania Superior Court will not hear¬†Sandusky's appeal for trial delay. A lower court had ruled against¬†Sandusky¬†earlier in the week.
June¬†5, 2012 – Jury selection starts for Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse case.
June 6, 2012 ‚Äď The jury pool breakdown is seven women, five men and four alternates.