Whatever Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach charged with sexually abusing a string of young boys, was hoping to get from his much-maligned interview with Bob Costas earlier this week it doesn't seem to be working. His claims that sexual misconduct was just "horseplay" has reportedly emboldened a number of other alleged victims to come forward while firming the resolve of those who already spoke out. Meanwhile, more questions are being asked about Mike McQueary, the assistant coach currently on paid leave whose testimony against Sandusky is key to the case. For instance? Turns out McQueary went to a fundraiser for Sandusky's charity a year after he says he saw him raping a 10-year-old in the Penn State showers.
Police are casting doubt on a claim McQueary made to a friend in an e-mail recently made public in which he wrote "I did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police.... no one can imagine my thoughts or wants to be in my shoes for those 30-45 seconds... trust me." State College police chief Tom King said Wednesday that McQueary made no reports to his department. "He didn't come to State College police. The crime happened on campus and we don't have jurisdiction on campus," he said. "We've had no reports (of Sandusky sexually abusing someone) from anybody."
Penn State also denies that McQueary contacted police after the incident. "Since hearing of the news reports, we are looking into this matter," said Lisa Powers, director of public information for Penn State, told WCAU-TV. "Right now we have no record of any police report filed by Mike McQueary. This is the first we have heard of it."
In a brief interview with CBS Evening News on Tuesday, McQueary said, "This process has to play out. I just don't have anything else to say at all."
Meanwhile, the Times today has an extensive/disturbing/depressing recounting of the investigation into Sandusky which reveals that the whole case ended up coming down to "a random mention that a Penn State football coach, years before, might have seen something ugly, but kept silent."
The long story also recounts the fact that investigators found many useful details about Sandusky's methods in a 100-page Penn State police report from 1998—though that case was never prosecuted by the Centre County District Attorney. Further, it reveals that after a number of subpoenas were served at The Second Mile Foundation—the organization Sandusky had founded and may have used as a means to "groom" his victims—travel and expense documents from 2000-2003 stored at an off-site facility went missing. Suspicious!
And as all of this is going on, more victims are reportedly emerging, enraged by Sandusky's claims of innocence on national television. Some of those victims may even bring forth evidence that Sandusky's bad behavior dated back to the 1970s. "They’re literally processing it right in front of us," attorney Andy Shubin told the Patrion-News. "They have kept it from their families, moms, brothers and sisters...The folks we talked to are largely folks in their 20s, who in a lot of cases have never told their story before."
“This is a situation that is only going to grow," attorney Ben Andreozzi said. "When I represent a sexual abuse victim we start with one or maybe two clients, but as the ball gets rolling forward more victims almost always come forward.”