Penn State sex abuse scandal: Sandusky, Paterno investigated

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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Penn State child abuse scandal has rocked the nation. Several school officials and the head football coach have been fired or resigned because of it. But the real victims that sometimes are left behind in the media fray are the victims.

    In this situation, Penn State's former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is accused of sexually abusing eight boys from 1994 to 2009. Sandusky is out on $100,000 bail. According to the grand jury report, Sandusky started The Second Mile, a charity initially founded for troubled young boys where he allegedly found some of his victims.

    Wednesday, the Penn State Board of Trustees fired football head coach Joe Paterno as well as university president Graham Spanier.

    Paterno admits he should have done more after learning of an alleged sexual encounter between Sandusky and a young boy in 2002.

    It all started in 1998 with the first report of Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus. Penn State police confirm this report. In 1999, Sandusky retired from the university, but still had campus privileges.

    In the fall of 2000, a janitor tells his supervisor he saw Sandusky in the showers with a young boy, but no police report was ever made. The janitor currently suffers from dementia and is incompetent to testify.

    In March of 2002, a graduate assistant claimed he saw Sandusky in the locker room shower with a boy in a sexually compromising position. The grad assistant called his father and they both reported it to Paterno.

    Paterno then called his immediate supervisor and Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and reported it the next day. Almost two weeks later, Paterno met with Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz. Paterno told them what he was told and Curley and Schultz said they would look into the matter and determine further action.

    A couple weeks later, Curley tells the grad assistant he took Sandusky's locker room keys away and reported the incident to The Second Mile.

    Then, Sandusky was told he was no longer allowed to bring Second Mile kids to campus. Spanier approved of this decision. Curley testified that this ban was unenforceable.

    Both Schultz and Curley told the grand jury that the graduate assistant did not report anything sexual, only what he saw was "disturbing" and "inappropriate" and Schultz testified that he and Curley "had no indication that a crime had occurred."

    The grand jury finds the graduate assistant's testimony credible, while portions of Schultz's and Curley's testimonies not credible.

    The grand jury also concludes that the 2002 incident should have been reported to authorities by state law within 48 hours of Penn State officials being told of the incident. The report also states there wasn't "any attempt to investigate, to identify [the victim] or to protect that child or any others from similar conduct, except as related to preventing its reoccurrence on University property."

    Sandusky is now charged with 40 criminal counts.

    Victims of sexual abuse face a difficult future. They may deal with their emotional problems by turning to drugs and alcohol, may suffer from post traumatic stress disorder, depression, eating and sleep disorders and more. To find out more about these symptoms or get statistics, check out the Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network, or RAINN, online.

    There are resources in Arkansas that you can use to help report abuse. The National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children have several organizations on their website you can go to as well as Arkansas Commission on Child Abuse, Rape and Domestic Violence.

    If you see something, hear something; don't be afraid to report it. You could be saving someone's life.

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