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 – present)

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 – 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.

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 – 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 – The jury pool breakdown is seven women, five men and four alternates.

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  1. Mary

    I I would like to see Cnn do a piece on those enablers who stand by and listen to the screams of those young men and boys.
    What is their excuse?
    Sandusky has no scruples, but what about those who enable the perps to carry out their twisted acts.
    What about the ripple effect of all the other people that are affected down the road.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. M. Robinson

    They might have. This is a breaking news blog. Check their other sites, CNN Health, perhaps?

    June 11, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. mom of zombie

    I heard this wacko lives across the street from a school???

    June 11, 2012 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  4. linda operle

    All the judges and half the jurors have ties to to his charity and/or Penn State!!! And no change of venue was granted. Unbelievable. They will all close ranks and allow him to get off just to save their precious University.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Linda R

      They just might be angry enough to bury him alive in jail for the disgrace he brought to the Town and University...I dont see him getting off. You have mothers and fathers on that jury and but by the grace of god it could have been their children. I see Teachers that give their life to educating young men and women on that jury and what contempt they must have for one that would soil the reputation of coaches and teachers everywhere. They too might hold anger towards such a man. and You have young people with open minds and clear heads that will listen and separate the smoke and mirrors and see the weak despicable monster at the defense table. They just might come together in the jury room and send him to jail for life.

      June 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • PSUstudent990

      As part of the Penn State community, I can tell you that we do not want this scum to get off. Hoping they have the evidence to prove and put him away for a long time.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • angela

      Don't thru the jury under the bus quite yet. We can only hope they hear the evidence and render a fair verdict.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. designsby patty

    Personality disorder? Of course he does!

    June 11, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |

      I guess that's what they are calling it these days...

      June 11, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. RICH

    I dont get the press on this story !! Not just CNN but all of the major media.

    It's like they are rootong for this child rapist !

    He must be part of the good old boys club ! You know the club that all the banksters and government belong to,..


    June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. M. Robinson

    Penn State's reputuation has been irreputably damaged. If Sandusky is aquitted, that will not change. That being said, I hope that Sandusky never gets a chance to ever harm a child again.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarrod

      Penn State's reputation SHOULD be tarnished!! they allowed a child predator to walk freely and abuse children on their premises. If Penn State wanted to show that they actually cared about these kids and their situation; they would shut football down for a few years.. No football will show that they are serious about kids.. Penn State, as a state university, should focus on educating and protecting students, of all ages, that walk on that campus.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • angela

      The university will weather the storm . Eventually people will move on. We can hope justice is served for victums.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Linda R

    Part of post got lost ...When Paterno saw the University was going to cover up what Sandusky did His next call should have been to the police. Paterno had great standing within the community as well as influence at the University. He could have made heads roll. So while I think Paterno is not the total villain he is being made out to be I think He let children down and as a result of that inaction children suffered...I believe sandusky is guilty and no fancy glib attourney talking out of both sides of his mouth is likely to change my opinon. Sandusky did enough talking in the early days to bury himself. We all need to take better care of our children and our neighbors children and stop pedophiles cold.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      I do not see how anyone involved in this case that knew what was going on is not a villain. If they were told, if they knew they are all responsibile, including Paterno. Maybe he was a great football coach, but a great man he was not.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lule

      They are all villians including Paterno. Maybe he was a great football coach, but a great man he was not.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jenny

    heres what we need to know: Paternos family has his will sealed....Oh, another secretive thing from the paternos....quick, hide the family money so WE don;t have to pay the victims anything because Dad wanted to protect the football program and all the money it brings instead of all the boys sandusky was abusing....looks like father taught the family well....keeping secrets and turning away is a good thing when it comes to money.....hope everyone in happy valley are all dancing around the statue now, maybe PS alum should erect a statue of sandusky honoring him also

    June 11, 2012 at 3:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lulu

      Jenny, could not agree with you more!! That's exactly what has happened. They continue to keep secrets and hide the money. M. Robinson.... it sounds like you've drunk the cool aid, along with many others. You do a disservice to the victim's pain by making such a naive statement. Paterno and all the other adults named in the disgusting cover-up knew what was going on and sacrificed the children to cover themselves and the university – all for the sake of money and power. I hope Sandusky rots in prison for the rest of his wicked life and I hope everyone else that knew what was going on never enjoy a good night's sleep for the rest of their souless lives.

      June 11, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. M. Robinson

    Jenny, putting the blame onPaterno is like outting the blame on the victim's parents. In no way are they correlated. Paterno's dead. Do NOT equate this with money. It does a disservice to the victi's pain.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. J

    As a resident of this town, I ask that people understand that not all is as it is portrayed in the media. You don't know what it's like to have your entire world turned upside down and constantly being in the spotlight. Yeah, a lot of the jurors have ties to the university or the parties involved, but that doesn't mean that the trial won't be fair and just. Believe me, anyone that lives in State College wants to see justice for the children that were victims of the heinous crimes.
    Another thing, CNN got a lot of the timeline wrong. Perhaps tuning into a more local news source, such as the Penn State Daily Collegian or The Centre Daily Times will clear things up. That's not just a townie wanting to make this town look better or anything, it's to keep ignorant people from jumping to the wrong conclusions without having all the facts.

    June 11, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • angela

      I live near State College and know what the town and people are going thru. State college and the university are on trial because of a few idots. People need to realize that Mr. Sandusky is innocent until proven guilty. None of us were there or saw first hand. I would love to be on the jury and have the true facts presented to me for a decision. Until then it's a media circus. Keep your chin up - eventually it will fade away. Right now I personally am sitting on the fence on if he is guilt or not until I hear all the facts. Hopefully the media will give us the true facts not speculation. It's going to be a wild ride.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • M. Robinson

      Well said.

      June 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarrod

      you "townies" are half the problem. you love Penn State soooo much, you can't clear the blue and white out of your eyes.. "keep your chin up"??????? WTF?? Sandusky molested children..
      yes, please keep your chin up so the parents of these children can take turns knocking your head off..Mr. Sandusky is garbage.. Joe Paterno is GARBAGE!!! this isn't a trial over football stats. it's about human decency, and Joe Paterno was a garbage human being.

      June 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Robert

    Can we start building a gallows outside of the court room?

    June 11, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jarrod

      Well said...

      June 11, 2012 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  13. VinceRN

    His defense seems to be a combination of "It wasn't abuse" and having a mental disorder that makes him write about raping children as a metaphor for mentoring. Interesting. I wonder how that's going to work out for him.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robert

    Angela, you all might be embarassed, and the name of Penn State U may suffer some from the association with this man, but Penn State U is not on trial. These crimes (i.e., abuse, not reporting the abuse and wrongly dealing with it) are limited to a few individuals. I think the board of regents did the right thing in firing all involved. By doing that, they did the right thing by removing the wrong doers from their school with no respect of persons. They have done all that could be done.

    June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. udubb

    Luckily he's a white man because if he was black they would have already crucified the guy. He's facing natural life and he's out on bail? I see where this is going. As far as being innocent till proven guilty I have no faith in the criminal justice system. ZERO!

    June 11, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
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