Sandusky allegations timeline
A chronological look at the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, based on a grand jury report in Pennsylvania state court. He has been charged with 40 criminal counts accusing him of serial sex abuse of minors.
1977: 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.
1994: The boy known as “Victim 7” in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile program at about age 10.
1994-95: The boy known as “Victim 6” meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8.
1995-96: The boy known as “Victim 5” meets Sandusky via Second Mile when he is 7 or 8.
1996-97: The boy known as “Victim 4” meets Sandusky when he is 12 or 13 in his second year participating in The Second Mile.
1996-98: Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10.
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. When he is brought home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to university police, who investigate. 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.
Summer 2000: The boy known as “Victim 3” meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is in seventh or eighth grade.
Fall 2000: A janitor named James Calhoun says he 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 janitors immediately. Calhoun, a temporary employee, never makes a report. Victim 8’s identity is unknown.
March 1, 2002: A graduate assistant (this week identified as current Penn State receivers coach Mike McQueary) sees a naked boy, “Victim 2,” whose age he estimates at 10, being sexually assaulted by a naked Sandusky. The graduate assistant tells his father immediately.
March 2, 2002: McQueary reports what he has seen to Joe Paterno.
March 3, 2002: Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State’s athletics director, to his home 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 Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business. The graduate assistant reports what he has seen, and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.
About March 27, 2002: The graduate assistant hears from Curley. He is told Sandusky’s locker room keys are taken away and 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 to the grand jury in December 2010.
2005-06: The boy known as “Victim 1” meets Sandusky via Second Mile at age 11 or 12.
Spring 2007: Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.
Early 2009: An investigation by the state attorney general begins when a Clinton County teenage boy tells authorities Sandusky inappropriately touched him several times in a four-year period.
September 2010: Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile.
Saturday: Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Monday: Curley and Schultz, who have stepped down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky and committed perjury in their testimony before the grand jury.
Wednesday: The school’s board of trustees announces the removal of Spanier and Paterno, effective immediately.
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