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    Scandalous Sandusky

    Penn State was a prestigious and well-known school for its tremendous football players and full-spirited student body. Sandusky ruined the reputation of Penn State through his sexual abuse trial that was made public in November 2011.

    He allegedly sexually assaulted and had appropriate contact with at least eight underage boys on or near university property.

    Through an extensive investigation, there were up to 40 counts of child molestation found that date as far back as the 1970’s.

    Other members of Penn State’s faculty were charged with perjury and were suspended or fired for covering up the incidents or failing to notify authorities.

    Most famously, Joe Paterno, the head football coach was dismissed from his job because he failed to notify authorities of the sexual assaults.

    Sandusky was an assistant coach under Joe Paterno for 31 seasons, from 1969- 1999. In 1998, the University Police investigated him for sexual abuse of a child.

    The investigation stalled and Sandusky retired as Penn State’s defensive coordinator.

    The case became increasingly strong against Sandusky by the statements made by Mike McQueary in front of the grand jury.

    He stated that he entered the locker room at the Lasch Football Building at Penn State and heard what he believed to be the sounds of sexual activity coming from the shower.

    He looked in the shower and “saw a naked boy” who he estimated to be about ten years old, being subjected to sexual abuse by Sandusky.

    Sandusky was arrested on November 5 and charged with seven counts of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, as well as eight counts of corruption of minors, eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, seven counts of indecent assault, and other offenses.

    The reputation of Penn State will never be the same because of Sandusky’s offenses.

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