The cast of characters in the Penn State scandal

The main players in the Penn State scandal:


Role: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second

Mile charity for children, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a

15-year period.

Background: Arrested in November after a long investigation by a

statewide grand jury. He had been a successful defensive coach for

the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his

fame in the community and his charity to attract victims.

Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent

assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption

of minors, endangering the welfare of children.

Status: Sandusky remains jailed and faces life in prison

Tuesday, when he’s sentenced for his July conviction.


Role: Married to Jerry Sandusky.

Background: Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting

his bail when he was released before trial, accompanying him to

court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that

proclaimed his innocence and said accusers were making up stories.

She wasn’t charged and testified at his trial that she never saw

him doing anything inappropriate with boys he brought to their



Role: Penn State’s longtime president, he was forced out by

university trustees after Sandusky’s arrest in November but remains

a tenured faculty member.

Background: An investigation led by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh

concluded that Spanier failed in his duties as president by not

informing the board of trustees about the allegations against

Sandusky or about the subsequent grand jury investigation. Spanier

told investigators he wasn’t notified of any criminal behavior by

Sandusky during his 16 years as president. He has not been charged

with any crime but is accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit against

the university of making statements that harmed the reputation of

Mike McQueary. McQueary, since fired by the university, was an

assistant who told longtime coach Joe Paterno he saw Sandusky with

a boy in a team shower in 2001, and who now says Spanier and other

administrators have made him a scapegoat.


Role: Leader of an investigative team tasked with determining

how the abuse occurred and recommending changes, as well as

reviewing Penn State’s handling of sex crimes and misconduct


Background: Freeh, a former federal judge who spent eight years

as director of the FBI, was hired by Penn State’s board of trustees

in June. His firm produced a 267-page report that said Spanier,

Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary

Schultz ”repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to

Sandusky’s child abuse.”


Role: Penn State athletic director, on leave while he fights

criminal charges for actions related to the Sandusky scandal.

Background: Curley fielded McQueary’s complaint about Sandusky

in a team shower with a boy in early 2001, and told a grand jury he

instructed Sandusky not to be inside Penn State athletic facilities

with any young people.

Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and

perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn’t on trial with

Sandusky, denies the allegations and unsuccessfully sought to have

the perjury charge dismissed. A judge is expected to rule on the

failure to report charge before Curley stands trial in January

along with Schultz. Freeh’s report concluded that Curley and others

at Penn State concealed child sex abuse allegations against



Role: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now


Background: Schultz told the grand jury that Paterno and

McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident ”in a very general

way” but did not provide details.

Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and

perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn’t on trial with

Sandusky, denies the allegations and failed to have the perjury

charge dismissed. A judge is expected to rule on a request to

dismiss the failure to report charge before Schultz stands trial in

January along with Curley. Freeh’s report said Schultz was among

the Penn State officials who hid child sex abuse allegations

against Sandusky.


Role: Since-fired assistant Penn State football coach. Was a

graduate assistant in 2001, when he says he witnessed Sandusky

pressing himself against a boy in a team shower. McQueary took his

complaint to Paterno, who alerted university administrators.

Background: McQueary testified at Sandusky’s trial that he had

”no doubt” Sandusky was having intercourse with the boy. He has

since filed a whistle-blower lawsuit against the university,

claiming that he lost his $140,000-a-year job, that he was defamed,

that his comments were misrepresented by Spanier and other

administrators, and that he was made a scapegoat for the scandal

and the administration’s alleged failure to act on his initial

complaint to Paterno.


Role: The longtime football coach was told by McQueary in 2001

that he saw Sandusky and a boy in a shower on campus and, in turn,

told Curley and Schultz.

Background: The head coach at Penn State from 1966 through 2011,

and major college football’s winningest when he retired, Paterno

offered to resign at the end of the 2011 season amid the uproar

after Sandusky’s arrest Nov. 6. The Penn State Board of Trustees,

however, ousted him for what was called his ”failure of

leadership” surrounding allegations about Sandusky. He died of

lung cancer Jan. 22. Freeh said that Paterno ”was an integral part

of this active decision to conceal” the abuse and that his firing

was justified. The NCAA has since vacated 111 of Paterno’s 409

career wins, as part of a package of scandal-related sanctions

against the football team and the university. Paterno’s family

continues to maintain that he didn’t cover up anything and didn’t

know Sandusky was a pedophile.


Role: Married to Joe Paterno for almost 50 years, she raised

five children with him and has continued to passionately defend her

husband during the scandal and after he died. She was among the

Sandusky defense team’s potential trial witnesses but wasn’t called

to the stand. She has continued her philanthropic work at the

university, appearing last month at the dedication of a $6.5

million campus Catholic center named for her.


Role: Now the governor of Pennsylvania, he was attorney general

when the investigation into Sandusky was launched by state


Background: Corbett is an ex-officio member of the Penn State

Board of Trustees, although he did not actively participate until

after Sandusky was charged in December.


Role: Pennsylvania attorney general, whose office prosecuted


Background: A career prosecutor formerly with the U.S.

attorney’s office in Pittsburgh, Kelly inherited the Sandusky probe

from Corbett when she was confirmed as his temporary successor as

attorney general. She leaves office in January.


Role: Former CEO of The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky


Background: Raykovitz led the charity for almost 30 years and

was a longtime friend of Sandusky’s. Raykovitz testified before the

grand jury that recommended indicting Sandusky on child abuse

charges. He resigned from The Second Mile soon after the scandal

broke, and board members later complained that Raykovitz hadn’t

told them enough about earlier allegations against Sandusky. The

charity’s internal investigation by former Philadelphia District

Attorney Lynne Abraham ended in May without issuing a report on its