Thursday, December 8, 2011

Penn State Scandal Update:

Former Nittany Lion assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested again after two more victims –  #9 and #10 – testified before a grand jury.  This happened just a few days after Penn State accepted a bowl game invitation and announced that their $1.5 million in bowl money will be donated to two advocacy groups.

University president Rod Erickson promised the donation Thursday morning, a day after he and other administrators faced pointed questions at a student-organized town hall forum.
Erickson told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday that the Big Ten bowl revenue, which usually goes back to the athletic department, will go to the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

"This presents an excellent opportunity for Penn State to raise the national visibility of this issue," Erickson said. "Our students and fans are focused on a cause to play for, to cheer for."

Meanwhile, he claims bring the number of Sandusky's criminal accusers to 10 and he now faces more than 50 charges stemming from accusations he molested boys for years on Penn State property, in his home and elsewhere.

(AP File Photo)
The scandal has raised questions about whether Penn State officials did all they should have to stop.
Sandusky, 67, was first arrested last month and has said repeatedly that he is innocent. The latest charges were brought after new accusers were questioned by a grand jury, which issued another report detailing chilling new allegations of abuse.

Sandusky lawyer Joseph Amendola said after the arraignment Wednesday that he had not yet read the latest grand jury report, but said he has no reason to doubt Sandusky's claims of innocence.

Sandusky was unable to immediately post a $250,000 bail and was taken to jail.

As he left his arraignment Wednesday in Bellefonte, Sandusky did not say anything or make eye contact with about two dozen reporters and photographers. Agents from the state attorney general's office then drove him to the Centre County Jail after he was unable to post bail.

The new conditions ordered by Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott are a stark contrast to the $100,000 unsecured bail Sandusky was granted last month by a local judge.

Also Wednesday, The Second Mile said in a statement that it has lost significant financial support and that some employees will be laid off over the next several months. It didn't say how many staffers would be cut.

Happy freakin’ holidays…

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