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The latest in the ongoing investigation and fallout of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case. INSIDE: Gary Sinderson's blog with an inside look at the case; Who's who in the case; Unedited statements and more.

TIMELINE: Chronological look at the case against Jerry Sandusky

By The Associated Press

1969 – Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State University as a defensive line coach.

1977 – Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.

January 1983 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1982 season.

January 1987 – Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1986 season.

1994 – Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about the age of 10.

1994-95 – Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8 years old.

1995-96 – Boy known as Victim 5, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8, in second or third grade.

1996-97 – Boy known as Victim 4, at the age of 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile program.

1996-98 – Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.

Jan. 1, 1998 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.

1998 – Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.

Detective Ronald Schreffler testifies that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdrop on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky says he has showered with other boys and Victim 6's mother tries to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again but he will not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky is told he cannot see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler testifies Sandusky says, "I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead."

Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, testifies he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admits showering naked with Victim 6, admits to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admits that it was wrong.

The case is closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decides there will be no criminal charge.

June 1999 – Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.

Dec. 28, 1999 – Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Summer 2000 – Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade.

Fall 2000 – A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, who he describes as being between the ages of 11 and 13.

Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8's identity is unknown.

March 1, 2002 – A Penn State graduate assistant enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10 years old, being subjected to anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant tells his father immediately.

March 2, 2002 – In the morning, the graduate assistant calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.

March 3, 2002 – Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State Athletic Director to his home the next day and reports a version of what the grad assistant had said.

March 2002 – Later in the month the graduate assistant is called to a meeting with Curley and Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz. The grad assistant reports what he has seen and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.

March 27, 2002 (approximate) – The graduate assistant hears from Curley. He is told that Sandusky's locker room keys are taken away and that the incident has been reported to The Second Mile. The graduate assistant is never questioned by university police and no other entity conducts an investigation until the graduate assistant testifies in Grand Jury in December 2010.

2005-2006 – Boy known as Victim 1 says that meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.

Spring 2007 – During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.

Spring 2008 – Termination of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy's mother calls the school to report sexual assault, Sandusky is barred from the school district attended by Victim 1 from that day forward and the matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law.

Early 2009 – An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general begins when a Clinton County, Pa. teen boy tells authorities that Sandusky has inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.

September 2010 – Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile, saying he wants to spend more time with family and handle personal matters.

Nov. 5, 2011 – Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.

Nov. 7, 2011 - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the investigation into how the school handled the accusations. But she refuses to say the same for Spanier. Curley and Schultz, who step down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky. Schultz and Curley have testified to the grand jury that McQueary never gave them graphic details or told them how serious his allegations were about Sandusky and the boy known as Victim 2.

Nov. 8, 2011 - Possible ninth victim of Sandusky contacts state police as calls for ouster of Paterno and Spanier grow in state and beyond. Penn State abruptly cancels Paterno's regular weekly news conference.

Nov. 9, 2011 - Paterno is fired, and Spanier, one of the nation's longest-serving college presidents, is forced out, effective immediately. Earlier in the day, Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the season. School provost and executive vice president Rodney Erickson is appointed to replace Spanier. Irate students take to the streets.

Nov. 11, 2011 - McQueary is placed on administrative leave.

Nov. 14, 2011 - Big Ten Conference announces it will take Paterno's name off championship trophy. Raykovitz resigns from The Second Mile.

Nov. 15, 2011 - Sandusky tells NBC's "Rock Center" that he is not a pedophile but realizes, in retrospect, that he should not have showered with boys. He pauses and then rambles when Bob Costas asks whether he is sexually attracted to children.

Nov. 18, 2011 - Paterno family announces he is undergoing treatment for a form of lung cancer.

Nov. 30, 2011 - A lawsuit alleges Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times after meeting him through The Second Mile.

Dec. 3, 2011 - The New York Times reports that Sandusky told the newspaper that Paterno never spoke with him about any suspected misconduct with minors.

Dec. 7, 2011 - Sandusky is arrested on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who says the abuse took place in the Sandusky home while Sandusky's wife may have been home. Sandusky, facing 52 charges based on allegations involving 10 accusers, spends the night in jail.

Dec. 8, 2011 - Sandusky's wife, Dottie, posts his bail. She issues a statement proclaiming her husband's innocence and claims the accusers are making up their stories. Sandusky is ordered to undergo electronic monitoring.

Dec. 13, 2011 - Sandusky waives a preliminary hearing at which he could have faced his accusers, moving a step closer to trial.

Dec. 16, 2011 - McQueary testifies during a preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz and says he believes he saw Sandusky molesting a boy but stops short of saying he was sure Sandusky raped the child. A judge rules there is enough evidence against the men to send the cases to trial. Their lawyers say their clients are innocent and will be acquitted.

Jan. 6, 2012 - New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien agrees to become new Penn State football coach.

Jan. 13, 2012 - Erickson holds the last of three meetings in as many days with alumni as he tries to calm anger about how the university has dealt with the scandal. A crowd in New York heartily applauds one woman who asks, "How do you explain the lack of due process for Joe Paterno?"

Jan. 14, 2012 - Paterno tells The Washington Post in his first interview since his ouster that he's "shocked and saddened" by the scandal and "didn't know which way to go" after McQueary went to him in 2002. Paterno says McQueary "didn't want to get specific" about details. Paterno says he was hesitant to make follow-up calls because he didn't want to be seen as trying to exert influence either for or against Sandusky.

Jan. 19, 2012 - Penn State trustees try to counter the alumni uproar in interviews and tell the AP they decided to oust Paterno in part because he didn't do more to alert authorities in 2002. Trustees also say Paterno made statements after the scandal broke that they felt challenged trustees' authority.

Jan. 21, 2012 - Paterno's doctors say his condition is "serious" after he experiences complications from lung cancer.

Jan. 22, 2012 - Joe Paterno dies at age 85.

June 11, 2012 - Sandusky's trial on child sex abuse charges begins. Testimony comes from eight of the 10 victims, in often-graphic form. Sandusky himself does not take the stand, but his wife does. Their adopted son, Matt, alleges that after hearing some of that testimony, he realized Sandusky had abused him, too.

June 22, 2012 - Sandusky is convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse.

July 12, 2012 - Penn State's internal investigation concludes that the administrators who fielded a 2001 complaint about him created a dangerous situation by not reporting it. The report by Louis Freeh says Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz, in order to avoid negative publicity for the school, "repeatedly concealed critical facts" and "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

July 22, 2012 - A statue of Joe Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium is removed hours before the NCAA imposes landmark sanctions on Penn State that include $60 million in fines, a four-year post-season ban on football, a crippling reduction in football scholarships and five years of probation.

Aug. 3, 2012 - Paterno family calls the Freeh report "incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided," and tries to appeal the NCAA sanctions. NCAA says the sanctions are not subject to appeal.

Aug. 22, 2012 - Spanier, in interviews with ABC and The New Yorker magazine, claims he was not aware that early complaints against Sandusky were sexual. His lawyers blast the Freeh report, as do lawyers for Curley and Schultz.

Sept. 1, 2012 - Penn State's football team, sporting new uniforms, opens its first season since 1949 without Paterno on the sidelines. His widow, Sue, attends the game with her daughter and tells the AP that she "just wants us to win." Penn State loses to Ohio 24-14.

Sept. 15, 2012 - Penn State wins first game of O'Brien era, 34-7 over Navy.

Sept. 20, 2012 - Penn State hires Ken Feinberg, the lawyer who ran the Sept. 11 victim fund and other major victim compensation efforts, to help it settle personal injury claims filed by Sandusky's victims.

Oct. 2, 2012 - McQueary files whistle-blower suit against Penn State, accusing it of defamation.

Oct. 3, 2012 - Penn State's price tag to pay for legal fees, consultants and public relations firms to handle the fallout from the Sandusky scandal reaches nearly $20 million.

Oct. 9, 2012 - Sandusky is sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. In a rambling statement, he defiantly proclaims his innocence.

January 2013 - Trial scheduled for Curley and Schultz.


Who's Who in the Jerry Sandusky Case

  • Joe Amendola

    Joseph L. Amendola is Jerry Sanduskys defense attorney. 

     He established a private law practice in 1982 and has defended many high profile cases in Centre County. Since Sanduskys arrest Amendola has argued the 52-counts of abuse charges against his client are not specific enough to take to trial. Amendola has said that Sandusky is innocent of the charges, and that he flat out denies any sexual conduct and the allegations of prolonged abuse. Amendola said some of the acts described by victims -- like touching or naked shared showers -- might have been misinterpreted by the alleged victims.

  • Judge John Cleland

    In 2011, Judge John Cleland was assigned the case of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who stands accused multiple counts of child molestation. 

    Cleland was appointed judge following the recusal of all the judges on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.  The judges stepped aside to prevent any bias or perceived bias in their affiliation with Penn State University or the Second Mile Charity founded by Sandusky.

    Cleland received his undergraduate degree from Denison University and in 1972, his J.D. The National Law Center of The George Washington University, 1972.

    Cleland began his legal career as a law clerk for United States District Judge Barron P. McCune. After that, he went into the private practice in law until his appointment to the McKean County Court of Common Pleas in 1984. 

    He served on the court from 1984 to 2008. That year, he was appointed an interim judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. After one year on the court, he became a senior judge for the courts on which he had previously served.

  • Linda Kelly

    Attorney General Linda L. Kelly was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to take over his role as Pennsylvanias top law enforcement officer.  She took the oath of office on May 27, 2011.

    Kelly has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years, serving as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and most recently as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

    Kelly is the first woman to lead the Office of Attorney General since it became an independent elected office in 1981 and Kelly is only the second woman to ever serve as Pennsylvania's Attorney General.  

    Kelly has handled the prosecution of a variety of other crimes including racketeering, narcotics cases and illegal gambling operations. She has prosecuted and supervised a number of cases based on investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, Postal Inspector and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English, and the Duquesne University School of Law.

    She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of a daughter, Kate, who is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Jerry Sandusky

    Jerry Sandusky was born in Washington, Pa.   He played football at Penn State from 1963 " 1965, eventually becoming a member of Joe Paternos coaching staff.   Sandusky was the defensive coordinator on Penn States two national championship teams 82, 86.    He retired in 1999.  His last game was a memorable one, being carried off the field after his defense shutout Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.

    Sandusky founded the Second Mile Charity in 1977.   President George H. W. Bush praised the organization as a "shining example" of charity work in a 1990 letter that encouraged others to volunteer in community organizations.

    On November 4, 2011, a grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys.  Those crimes allegedly took place from 1994 to 2009 taking place at his home, on the Penn State campus and other locations.  The attorney generals office claims Sandusky used Second Mile Charity to lure his victims.

  • Frank Noonan

    Frank Noonan was nominated by Gov. Tom  Corbett on January 18, 2011, to be Commissioner of Pennsylvania State Police and was confirmed by the State Senate on April 12, 2011.    

    Frank Noonan is a career investigator with more than 30 years of experience.  He began his career in 1971 as an FBI agent, investigating public corruption, drugs, bank robberies and kidnappings.   Noonan took a lead role in the Sandusky child abuse investigation. 

    After the arrest,  Noonan said the investigation was about more than football and Penn State.  He said, the case is about children who have had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it or preventing it from happening to others."

  • Tim Curley

    Tim Curley faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

     The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   According to the Grand Jury presentment, former head coach Joe Paterno contacted Tim Curley about the suspected abuse.    Curley has plead not guilty to the charges. 

     Curley grew up across the street from the University Park Campus and worked as a Penn State bat boy.  In 1993, Curley was named athletic director and oversaw massive growth of the sports program, millions in donations, 21 NCAA championships and 64 Big Ten titles. 

  • Gary Schultz

    Gary Schultz faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

    The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   Schultz has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

    For 14 years, Schultz served as the vice president for finance and business.  He also oversaw several departments including police, human resources and legal services.  Last year, Schultz attended the opening of the Gary Schultz Child Care Center.  After his indictment, his name was removed from that building.

  • Dottie Sandusky

    Dorothy Dottie Sandusky is the wife of Jerry Sandusky. 

    The couple married in 1966.  They took in numerous foster children before adopting six children of their own.


 
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1st Grand Jury Presentment

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