June 11th, 2012
10:53 AM ET

Jerry Sandusky trial: All you need to know about allegations, how case unfolded

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.

Many Sandusky jurors have Penn State ties 

Here's a look at some the key players, pertinent facts about the case and how it all unraveled:

Who is Jerry Sandusky?

Birth date:  January 26, 1944

Birth place: Washington, Pennsylvania

Birth name:    Gerald Arthur Sandusky

Marriage: Dorothy "Dottie" (Gross) Sandusky (1966 Рpresent)

Children:  (all adopted) E.J. (male), Kara, Jon, Jeff, Ray, Matt, Sandusky also fostered several children.

HLN: A closer look at Jerry Sandusky's family

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.

Major players

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 РFounder 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 РFormer 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 РFormer president of Penn State.

The documents

Read the criminal complaint against Sandusky (PDF)

Read the grand jury findings in the case (PDF) [WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT]

Read the  second grand jury presentment against Sandusky (PDF)

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 РJames 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 РGraduate 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 РThe 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 РPsychologist 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 РThe grand jury report is released.

November 5, 2011 РJerry 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 РCurley and Schultz, who have both stepped down from their positions, are arraigned.

November 11, 2011 РMike 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 РStudents hold a candlelight vigil on the University Park campus for the victims of sexual abuse.

November 13, 2011 РJack Raykovitz, CEO of The Second Mile, resigns.

November 14, 2011 РIn 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 РRepresentatives 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 РA 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 РIt 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 РThe 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 РThe 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 РThe 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 РAttorneys 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 РIn 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 РA 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 РTim 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 РProsecutors file a motion for a change of venire.

February 10, 2012 РAt 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 РJudge 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 РTim Curley files motions to dismiss his charges of perjury and failing to report suspected abuse.

February 14, 2012 РGary 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 РJury selection, scheduled to start May 14, is postponed until June 5.

April¬†5, 2012 –¬†Sandusky's pre-trial hearing takes place.

April 9, 2012 РJudge John Cleland places a gag order on the case.

May 18, 2012 РProsecutors 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 РThe Second Mile requests court approval in Centre County, Pennsylvania, to transfer its programs to Arrow Child & Family Ministries.

June 1, 2012 РThe 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 РJury 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.

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    Sandusky never learned to keep it in his pants. Very soon he will be on the receiving end of things. Bubba and his mates are taking bets in prison on who's going to be Jerry's new bunk...err...cell mate.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  2. riamb60

    I just read that Paterno's last will has been permanently sealed by the judge after the family request privacy ahead of Sandusky's trial.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
    • M. Robinson

      This is relevant how?

      June 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Brian

    Once again, CNN gets it wrong. I see factual errors in this timeline of events – several of them in fact. Errors that severely distort the truth. I'd suggest everyone get their news from a source that actually proofreads and checks facts.

    I'll give one example in the time line. The event witnessed by Mike McQueary. They now say that happened in February of 2001. Also, he testified that he didn't tell Joe Paterno it was rape. He said he didn't go in to any details because of his age. Way to report CNN! BBC America, here I come.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  4. TheTruthHurts

    Sandusky is a real monster who cannot hide from his crimes anymore. The creature called Jerry Sandusky belongs behind bars and not out in the open , roaming free. I am sure a few knew what good ole Jerry was up to, sticking it in his victims. May he live long and enjoy the spotlight on his pedo career.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  5. bob

    this is quite disgusting they let this sick bastard go on house arrest with all of these caims which i believe to be true. If it was a average joe they would have been locked up waiting for trial. plus he has a great view of a childrens playground from his back porch. great job with judicial system on this one.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Brian

    I explained where but CNN blocked it. They have several facts wrong here. All you need to know my foot. Try a real news site.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
    • tribecagal

      A real site? Like FOX who has failed to cover this story.

      June 11, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven

      I'd like to know more. If there's a site or information source that has more to add, or if CNN has blocked access to additional facts, I'd be interested in your other resources.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Factcheck

    The facts presented in this article, regarding Paterno's understanding are incorrect. As presented, they are leading and irresponsable.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  8. Ordinary Average American

    I can't believe the number of people who knew about what this pervert was doing with children (some actually witnessed it) and kept quiet about it! What is wrong with you people? Had I witnessed anything like this, I would've done something right then and there to STOP IT and thereafter would've done anything and everything to "ruin" Jerry Sandusky and stop the abuse by making sure that EVERYBODY I encountered "knew" in order to get this creep AWAY from ALL children. He fostered children, too? OMG!

    June 11, 2012 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
    • riamb60

      He fostered 6 children, and 5 of them where boys, go figure..

      June 11, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mklsgl

    This prosecution doesn't go far enough. First of all, it didn't suddenly start in 1998; and, there are more people involved in the cover-up who should be indicted.

    June 11, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Another example of journalism going down the tubes: "How the case UNRAVELED"? Have CNN headlines been out-sourced to Penang? May I suggest "How the case UNFOLDED"?

    June 11, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. outraged

    He acts like Rod Blago, like everyone else is nuts and he's just fine. Everyone had to have known about this but covered it up because he was a 'good' coach. His wife knew it, they were living in the same house with all those boys.
    Puleeze...people are sick. Cannot wait to see how this plays out.

    June 11, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Roger Ogilvy Thornhill

    Typical sociopathic response: Poor little me, unable to go outside my own home, not able to see my grandkids, yadda yadda. No mention of the boys that claim to be hurt. No concern for their families. Obviously guilty. Let's hope the jury doesn't buy the poor little me routine.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  13. PumpNDump

    I want him to have a fair trial. It's likely he's guilty and will spend the rest of his in prison, getting to know other inmates in a carnal way.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ali Baba

    I think Jerry Sandusky is a fine American. I would have no problem leaving my 8 year old son with him.

    June 11, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda R

      He is on wire tap confessing to a Mother that He showered naked with her 10 year old son and may have touched him "accidently" ...that is already proven by his own mouth...and you would leave your child with him ...seriously...He used and manipulated vulnerable children. Nothing justifies that. Its been reported that people love and respect Paterno and for many of the things He did at Penn State He should be revered. He too was human though ...and in this case he did what was required but not what was right. Wh

      June 11, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      The police are on their way. You sickco

      June 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    just hang him

    June 11, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
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