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.‚ÄĚ The school‚Äôs 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. Guest

    I'm personal tired of hearing about Sandusky and PS.
    Hearing that those who are aware of a crime and do nothing receive stiffer sentences will be a progressive sign of the end to boy raype.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Will this include the people who let him off the hook in 1998? The current governor, the DA, the prosecutor who dropped the charges agsainst him? How about the DPW and CYs workers who didn't put him on a mandatory watch list. How about the college and State College Police who did an illegal wiretap?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat)©

    Where Penn stands because of the sacandal.

    Now let me see :
    (1) No post season play for 4 years.
    (2) Will lose 20 scholarships a year for 4 years.
    (3) Stripped of all wins from 1998 – 2011.
    (4) Must return all trophies won from 1998 – 2011.
    (5) Lawsuits up the ying yang.

    Well considering all of the above, I would say they are standing in one deep pile right now.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    @bciah:
    Yep.
    I wish the trials of those other two "men" would be over with; freaking bunch of selfish enabling pigs that they are!

    August 31, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat (in a hat)©

    I hope to they get at least the terms as Sandusky received. Put them in the same cell with Sandusky and they can be butt buddies.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      My prediction is that there trial research will drag on for several more month and then be dropped by the state. The state doesn't want it brought out about how badly they messed up the case in 1998. Especially since the current Governor was the State Attorney General at the time.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  5. marylouise

    Who would counter the Sandusky verdict. What a deranged group of Penn State footballers. Disgusting at best. Anyone who pretends that Jopau and the higher ups did not have anything to do with the cover up and gross neglect of children should seek a therapist. YOU ARE IN DENIAL. JoPaaaaaa had everything to gain in keeping Sandusky at the University. My college age daughter agrees with my comments. How disturbing. Maybe you should join the Catholic church. They too are disturbing in terms of child molestation.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      I don't know who your comments are directed at, but if they are directed at me, you should probably re-read what was written.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  6. rancho cucamonga chupacabraj

    Stop blaming him. its not his fault the kids asked for it

    September 1, 2012 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  7. Failed Reporters

    Two Penn State officials have been charged with perjury (lying), and one count of "failure to report abuse allegations", also lying.
    How many of US are guilty.

    September 1, 2012 at 6:53 am | Report abuse |
  8. Goodall

    At least Jerry Sandusky didn't settle out of court to avoid being totally exposed and publicly humiliated. (Lance Armstrong)
    Some know when their goose is cooked, others need further proof.

    September 1, 2012 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
    • mre2

      Sandusky's trial was criminal. There is no settlement in criminal cases other than lea deals, with which the court must agree.

      September 1, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. Guest

    @ banasy©, I believe marylouise was directing that comment to the Penn Staters who are still in denial

    September 1, 2012 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dave W

    Is anyone watching the game today? It's on ES PN at noon.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • jbg757

      PSU football fans will definitely be watching.

      September 1, 2012 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  11. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky

    @Ed. Yes. But will this include the men Dottie "Dot" Sandusky had affairs with, one of them being with a man whom as a boy was one of her husbands gay lovers/statutory raype "victim".

    September 1, 2012 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Ring

      Are you sure you aren't confusing Penn State with Syracuse?

      September 1, 2012 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  12. Waterboard Mrs. Sandusky

    Even with JoPa and Jerry gone, the others remain in place.
    The Lone Gunman theory is a lie. Men whom raype just boys, never girls, have friends in high places.
    Notice how the Pope is still "clean".

    September 1, 2012 at 9:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. JoPa

    "this hurts the kids and their parents..." blah blah

    Going to Penn State is NOT MANDATORY, and neither is staying there.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  14. mre2

    IMO, the NCAA sanctions were deserved and could easily have been worse. If attending students feel they are harmed by the NCAA's actions, they have a choice. Future students have choices.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. Bryan

    Wait...people have asked the second mile charity not to fold and transfer it's assets/programs so they can continue litigation against the charity? Really? So you've got some gold diggers standing in the way of charitable work? Not cool at all....the sue-happy nature of this country is pathetic...but if you've got to sue someone then sue the University.

    September 1, 2012 at 9:47 am | Report abuse |
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