PSU Sex Abuse Scandal
- PSU trustee election lawsuit argument heard in Centre Co. court
- 5 Pa. reps ask NCAA to halt Penn State sanctions
- Barbour next PSU Athletic Director
- Reports: Penn State to name new AD Saturday
- Freeh turning to federal court in defamation lawsuit
- PSU alumnus intends to sue school, trustees over losing BOT election
- PSU joins NCAA in requesting court documents stay sealed
- Judge approves transfer of more Second Mile assets
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- Kane report sheds light on child abuse reporting recommendations
- Corbett: I've never condemned Paterno, 'never will'
- Kane investigation tops $180K, reveals no political motivation
- AG Kane releases report on Sandusky investigation
- Sandusky's wife refutes Attorney General's report
- Report: Missteps, delays abundant in Sandusky investigation
- Report to be released on Sandusky abuse investigation
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- Penn State AD Joyner announces retirement
- Corbett says he read Sandusky investigation report
- Senate committee approves PSU BOT reform legislation
- PSU BOT reform legislation vote expected Tuesday
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- No rulings in Paterno vs. NCAA hearing
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- Penn State announces board of trustee voting results
- PSU BOT voting appears to be down after recording breaking years
- NCAA: Paterno sanctions lawsuit 'ignores reality'
- Rominger files response about leaked court docs, case is sealed
- Rominger responds to court over Sandusky media leaks, would want his filings sealed
- Franklin's involvement in Vanderbilt rape case questioned
- Corbett signs 4 more child-abuse prevention bills
- Freeh gets expedited appeal in Spanier lawsuit
- Court seeks to examine Penn St.-NCAA agreement
- PSU Clery Act investigation remains ongoing
- PA Supreme Court won't hear Sandusky appeal
- Spanier asks federal court to halt criminal case
- PSU nixed plan to tribute Paterno after his death
- Freeh appeals ruling that delayed Spanier lawsuit
- Low support in state House for PSU BOT changes
- Documents released showing how Freeh was hired for PSU report
- Delay of Spanier's defamation suit lawsuit affirmed
- Former Sandusky lawyer surrenders law license
- Group continues to push for more PSU records to be released
- Former Sandusky attorney being investigated
- Centre Co. seeing spike in abuse case reports in recent week
- Pa. Attorney General's Sandusky case costs nearing $100K
- Former PSU admins again asking for cases to be dismissed
- Penn State expected to name new president today
- AG Kane: Internal review of Sandusky case delayed
- Pa. Court denies Sandusky attorney's appeal
- Judge rules Baldwin testimony may be permissible against 3 PSU ex-administrators
- Paterno lawsuit against NCAA will move forward
- Former PSU president seeks delay in defamation suit against Louis Freeh
- Centre Co. experts weigh in on Lynn case's impact on accused Penn State official's future
- Documentary about State College after Sandusky scandal premieres
- Baldwin testimony quashed; Curley, Schultz, Spanier hearing wraps up early
- Pa. House advances child-abuse reforms
- State details case against ex-PSU president
- Possible changes proposed to PSU sanctions
- Victim 9 sues Sandusky, PSU
- State senators propose PSU Board of Trustee changes
- Expenses for PSU scandal near $52 million
- AG argues against court hearing Sandusky appeal
- Judge sets hearing date for Spanier vs. Freeh case
- Search for next PSU president extended
- Jerry Sandusky lawyers file notice of another appeal
- PSU board calls off special meeting
- Paterno family lawsuit vs. NCAA goes before judge
- Penn State: 26 people get $59.7M over Sandusky
- Sen. denied request to intervene in NCAA suit
- Lawyers: 19 Sandusky victims settle with Penn St.
- Pa. appeals court: No new trial for Sandusky
- NCAA to restore Penn State football scholarships
- PSU student files lawsuit against police
- Borrowing, protest to mark Penn State meeting
- Sandusky's 1st appeal hearing set for Tuesday
- Former prosecutor says he doesn't think Paterno aided in cover-up
- Changes made to Jerry Sandusky appeal hearing
- PA Superior Court panel to hear Jerry Sandusky appeal
- 3 former PSU administrators to face trial
- McQueary: Paterno said Old Main 'screwed up'
- Testimony: Public information office 'in the dark' about Sandusky investigation
- Penn State community wants answers from administrator hearing
- Freeh stands behind findings in new interview
- Spanier denied access to some evidence
- 6 News Investigation: PSU trustee works to clear criminal record
- Judge approves Matt Sandusky, family name change, documents possibly to be sealed
- Judge to seal Sandusky family request for name change
- Paterno statue removal anniversary
- Paterno statue removal anniversary
Centre Co. seeing spike in abuse case reports in recent week
Updated: Wednesday, March 5 2014, 05:51 PM EST
Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka
BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- With two child sex abuse cases leading media coverage in the past week in Centre County, officials said they've seen a spike in reported child abuse cases.
Eric Crader, 33, of Pleasant Gap, was arrested by Spring Township police on Feb. 27 and charged with raping and sexually abusing two young girls. Crader waived the 1,278 charges against him to trial Wednesday.
On Tuesday, a profile article in ESPN Magazine on Mike McQueary, a former Penn State quarterback, former coach and a key witness in the upcoming trial of former Penn State University administrators for alleging covering up Jerry Sandusky's abuses, revealed that McQueary himself was a sexual abuse victim.
As these cases continue to garner additional media attention and are talked about around town, Center County Youth Service Bureau Director Andrea Boyles said news reports can have a direct impact on calls to counselors and police about suspect abuse.
"There is a spark when there's a news story of course," Boyles said. "I think that the Pleasant Gap story is a reminder that child sexual abuse is not about Jerry Sandusky, it's [just] a horrific example."
In the EPSN story with McQueary, anonymous sources were cited saying McQueary told them he was a child sex abuse victim. Boyles said a high-profile story like that can possibly act as a deterrent for other adults who were victims to come forward.
"I will say that based on the news in the last couple of days, my fear is that an adult who was victimized as a child will be afraid to report, afraid to get involved, because they don't want their own child victimization to come out," Boyles said.
Following the Sandusky scandal, several local and state leaders came forward urging, or in some cases requiring, better child sexual abuse training awareness. One example in the Centre region is the Stewards of Children program, created through the Youth Services Bureau and various agencies, and adopted as the primary training tool by Penn State University for their staff.
The focus on the program is to better teach adults on how to spot signs of child sexual abuse and who is best to report it.
"I think we're learning that the most important part of preventing child sexual abuse is to train adults," Boyles said. "The truth is, our county was missing that. We're doing programming with kids in a number of different venues, but we weren't training adults."
The Stewards of Children has been widely regarded as a success in training hundreds of people across the area.
As for McQueary, he's expected to testify in the upcoming perjury trial against former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and former Vice President of Business Gary Schultz. The three men are part of what prosecutors have called a "conspiracy of silence" to cover up Sandusky's repeated sexual abuse of boys over several years. The men have plead not guilty.
Sandusky was found guilty in June 2012 on 45 child sexual abuse-related counts and sentenced to up to 60 years in prison. Some of the crimes he committed happened on the PSU campus.
At the crux of McQueary's case is whether he saw Sandusky sexual abusing a boy in the football locker room shower in 2001 and if claims of what he saw remain consistent.