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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  1. Matthew

    "how case unraveled".........it is amazing that a website like CNN could make such grammatical errors. The website probably has college interns running it......spending more time on facebook and ebay than their jobs. Way to go, CNN...you are now becoming Yahoo News (that is NOT a compliment) !

    June 21, 2012 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      I love how you criticize "college interns" but fail to realize that your paragraph is FULL of grammatical errors.

      First grade – Start every sentence with a capital letter and end every sentence with a period. Moron.

      June 22, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • B. Hrebec

      Seriously with the unraveled, people? From Merriam-Webser: unravel, V: 2. to resolve the intricacy, complexity, or obscurity of : clear up

      Turns out, the writer knows their stuff a bit better than y'all. You may now return to talking about the actual article.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:23 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Gomers Pyles

    When Jerry gets to big-boy prison, I hope he meets the business end of a broom handle.....all of it.

    June 21, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Patrick Haggard

    I agree. "How the case unraveled" is not only grammatically incorrect, it's biased reporting. It makes it sound like the case against Sandusky is falling apart and is not solid. That may be someone's opinion but it is not accurate reporting. This needs to be fixed immediately.

    June 21, 2012 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mollie Holtman

    Just FYI, you're using the word "unraveled" when you should be using the word "unfolded." "Unraveled" implies that something has fallen apart, that something went wrong. So as I read the article I kept trying to figure out what was meant by "how the case unraveled." Oh, I see several other people have written the same thing! Except this headline has been around for at least a week, so it couldn't be reacting to the defense's case.

    June 22, 2012 at 3:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Brian

    p.s. I hope this man goes down in flames......

    June 22, 2012 at 11:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jay D

      Well, to keep it techical, flames go up.

      August 11, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Report abuse |
  6. johndanger

    I can't believe that CNN is still running that headline. My respect for the editorial staff has completely "unraveled".

    June 22, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • stevensrmiller

      Couldn't agree more. A lot of us made that point when this story first ran, yet there it still is. It was bad enough when CNN started letting us do its editing for it. Now, they don't even make use of the free help we provide. Gonna give U.S. News & World Report another try...

      June 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. johndanger

    Gee, Brian, I'm so sorry. I just made a comment that will probably render you completely unraveled. I honestly didn't read your comment til I had posted mine. Please don't do yourself harm.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse |
  8. star tyler

    If sandusky is found not guilty it'sonly because the prosecutor failed to prove their case and sandusky has a goooood attorney. It does not mean he did not do what he is accused of doing. He ruined a lot of lives forever. These men will always have problems with relationships with thier spoues and children. So so so sad. Sandusky really would be happy in jail where he can be penetrated all he wants. He will think he's in burger king where he can have it his way! When will this cycle end. He just breeded potentual future child molesters.

    June 22, 2012 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bobbie

    If any of the witnesses of these crimes had seen the same event take place elsewhere would they have reported that to the coach? If a woman was reported in the school parking lot would they report that to the coach? When did we stop reporting a crime to the police and instead give a college a chance to cover this up?

    June 23, 2012 at 6:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Lefty

      Well said!

      July 12, 2012 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jane

    This man is disgusting. Get rid of him.

    June 23, 2012 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. jovino

    No. 6's Mother is the hero #1
    Alycia Chambers is #2 and last hero
    John Seasock should be in same Sandusky jail
    mike Mcqueary should be in same Sandusky jail
    Tim Curley should be in same Sandusky jail
    Gary Schultz should be in same Sandusky jail
    university police chief should be in jail
    Ronald Schreffler should be on probation
    Roy Gricar should be dead and he is
    Patterno should be dead and he is

    June 23, 2012 at 10:49 am | Report abuse |
  12. bonnie

    Really? Didn't any of you English majors actually care about the story content? I got all the way to the end thinking:
    1.How did this take so long to come to trial?
    2. What kind of administration doesn't investigate the early claims to the fullest extent possible?
    3. How could adults like McQueary not have busted this guy to pieces?
    4. How many others are there that simply haven't wished to be part of this painful process?

    I never once thought, "gee – that isn't the right word is it?"

    wow.....and sorry if I offended anyone with my grammar – really! NOT

    June 23, 2012 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  13. Samuel Oko

    Real good & disciplined legal system. It's quite a pity these guys were messed up, sorry 4 the victim. As 4 Jerry boy, devil is his real name.

    June 25, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bert P Helm

    Sandusky is a true-blue, 100 %, state of the art , creepy crawler. Who, among the angelic orders, would listen to his passionate prayers?

    July 1, 2012 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Willhelm

    I read the letters and, admittedly, they do not sound as rambling or self centered as the news media has portrayed them. In fact, they have me wondering if this is another case of wrongful conviction. I come from Chicago, where people are framed and convicted on a daily basis so am very skeptical of the legal system as well. The fact is a lot of points they made, especially Dottie, are true and the coverage was pretty much slanted to make them out as devils. I am just saying, this wouldn't be the first time a group of people ganged up and piled on a person. It seems our human nature. If you don't think wrongful conviction is real, then you need to read the stories coming out of Texas and Chicago.

    October 11, 2012 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
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