Key dates in the Penn State child sex abuse case

A chronological look at the case against former Penn State

assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, based on grand jury

reports, court appearances and testimony. Some key dates in Penn

State football and since the scandal broke are included.

– 1969 – Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State

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 – AP 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 at about age 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.

– 1995-96 – Boy known as Victim 5 meets Sandusky through The

Second Mile when he is 7 or 8.

– 1996-97 – Boy known as Victim 4, at age 12 or 13, meets

Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second


– 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


– 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 would later testify that he and

State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the

consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdropped on two

conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky

said he has showered with other boys and Victim 6’s mother tried to

make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again, but he

would not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky

was told he could not see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler recalled

that Sandusky said: ”I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get

forgiveness. I know I won’t get it from you. I wish I were


Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of

Public Welfare, would testify that he and Schreffler interviewed

Sandusky, and that Sandusky admitted showering naked with Victim 6,

admitted to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admitted that

it was wrong.

The case was closed after then-Centre County District Attorney

Ray Gricar decided there would 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


– 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

him. 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, described as being between ages 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


– Feb. 9, 2001 – Mike McQueary, a Penn State graduate assistant,

enters the locker room at Lasch. In the showers, he sees a naked

boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10, being

subjected to what he believed was anal intercourse by a naked

Sandusky, he later testified at trial. McQueary tells his own

father immediately.

– February 2001 – In the morning, McQueary calls Coach Joe

Paterno and goes to Paterno’s home, where he reports what he has


– Feb. 11, 2001 – Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State athletic

director, to his home the next day and reports a version of what

McQueary said.

– February 2001 – Later in the month, McQueary is called to a

meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, senior vice president for

finance and business. The grad assistant says he reported what he

saw, and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.

– Feb. 27-28, 2001 – Curley emails Schultz and Penn State

President Graham Spanier to say he talked over the situation with

”Joe” and had second thoughts about how to handle the matter.

– March 2001 – Curley meets with Sandusky and tells him not to

bring children into school athletic facilities.

– March 19, 2001 – Curley meets about Sandusky with Jack

Raykovitz, executive director of The Second Mile, informing him of

the school’s response to McQueary’s complaint.

– 2005-06 – Boy known as Victim 1 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 – End of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a

freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy and his

mother tell school officials Sandusky had molested him, Sandusky is

barred from the school district, and the matter is reported to

authorities, as law requires.

– Early 2009 – An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney

general begins when a Clinton County teenager tells authorities

Sandusky inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year


– 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


– 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


– 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


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


– 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


– 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,


– 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 to be sentenced.

– January 2013 – Trial scheduled for Curley and Schultz.