Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty On 45 of 48 Counts

Jerry Sandusky was found guilty Friday night, with the jury convicting him on 45 of the 48 counts of sexual abuse.

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Penn State will not renew AD Tim Curley's contract

Tim Curley will not have his contract as Penn State's athletic director renewed when it expires in June. Curley has been on administrative leave since being charged with perjury and failure to report charges in connection with the Jerry Sandusky case in November.


Joe Paterno Conducts Interview With Washington Post's Sally Jenkins

Former Penn State football head coach Joe Paterno conducted an interview with the Washington Post writer Sally Jenkins earlier this week, and the details of that conversation were published Saturday in an lengthy article. In the article, Paterno says very little about the case involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, but did say he's "shocked and saddened" by the sexual abuse allegations and that he "didn't know which way to go" when he was told about Sandusky's actions.

Here's a bit of what Paterno had to say:

"I think we got to wait and see what happens," Paterno said in an interview posted Saturday on the newspaper's website. "The courts are taking care of it, the legal system is taking care of it."

"...You know, he didn't want to get specific," Paterno said about former grad assistant Mike McQueary, who allegedly saw Sandusky rape a young boy in one of the Penn State shower rooms and told Paterno about the incident. "And to be frank with you I don't know that it would have done any good, because I never heard of, of, rape and a man. So I just did what I thought was best. I talked to people that I thought would be, if there was a problem, that would be following up on it."

"..I didn't know which way to go ... And rather than get in there and make a mistake," he told the Post before trailing off.

For the full reaction of the Paterno interview visit, for the Jenkins' article click here. For the latest updates on the Jerry Sandusky investigation, visit our StoryStream.

Jerry Sandusky Trial: Preliminary Hearing Wavied By Defense

The sexual abuse case involving former Penn St. Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky will head straight to trial, after Tuesday morning Sandusky waived his right to a preliminary hearing. The choice came as a surprise to some legal experts, but prevents the alleged victims from testifying twice.

Senior Deputy Attorney General E. Marc Costanzo said "This development we believe provides maximum protection to most importantly the victims in this case. It avoids their having to testify for a second time. They will of course testify at trial in the case."

Reports say that eleven of Sandusky's accusers were expected to testify at Tuesday's hearing, which would've determined whether there was sufficient evident to send the case before a jury. However, at the advice of his attorney, Joseph Amendola, Sandusky decided against hearing damaging testimony that would chip away at his credibility.

Arraignment for the Sandusky trail is scheduled for Jan. 11.

For the latest updates on the Jerry Sandusky investigation, visit our StoryStream.


Jerry Sandusky denies charges of pedophilia but admits to showering with children and 'touching their legs'

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky isn't a pedophile, he just enjoys being around children. And showering with them, hugging them and touching their legs.

That's according to Sandusky in a phone interview with Bob Costas for NBC News’ “Rock Center,” which airs Monday night (Nov. 14, 2011) at 10 p.m. ET.

Here's a snippet (via USA Today):

"I say that I am innocent of those charges ... I have horsed around with kids. I have showered with them after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact. I enjoy being around children. I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them. I shouldn't have showered with those kids."

Sandusky was recently indicted on 40 counts of child sexual abuse, outlined in a gruesome grand jury report released last week. Incidents that occurred on the Penn State, and the negligent way in which they were handled, led to the firing of longtime head coach Joe Paterno.

The Nittany Lions are currently under the care of Interim head coach Tom Bradley.

For more on the fallout from the Jerry Sandusky scandal click here.


Joe Paterno Issues Statement On Jerry Sandusky Investigation

The ongoing investigation of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is a black mark for Penn State football. The program is in turmoil because of Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse charges and the perjury charges that Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President of business and finance Gary Schultz face for their parts in obstructing the original investigation.

PSU faithful have been waiting for Joe Paterno to speak about his program's current problems. Joe Pa released the following statement today to Penn Live:

"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters. While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.

"Sue and I have devoted our lives to helping young people reach their potential. The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers.

"As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.

"I understand that people are upset and angry, but let's be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."

Based on his own testimony, Paterno was unaware of how serious the situation actually was and allowed the university to make the correct decision regarding a former employee. 

The hope is that this will be resolved quickly so the university and community can move forward. It will take some time for people to forgive the PSU administration for their part in this case but it will hopefully happen eventually. 

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