Jerry Sandusky now sits in the Centre County jail, convicted by a jury of his peers of sexually abusing 10 young boys over a 15-year period.
Will Sandusky be the only one who pays a high price in connection with his misdeeds?
What penalties are yet to be confronted by Penn State, its top officials and others who may have been positioned to stop the abuse years ago but who chose to turn away rather than take action?
Anyone who took steps to preserve the Penn State brand or protect his own job rather than save children from abuse is no less a monster than the convicted ex-coach.
To date, two individuals have been charged with crimes connected to the Sandusky abuse scandal.
Penn State athletics director Tim Curley and former vice president for finance Gary Schultz are free but awaiting their day in court on allegations that they failed to report abuse and that they lied to grand jury investigators about what they knew and did relative to the former defensive coordinators transgressions.
The failure-to-report charges may be nullified due to the statute of limitations. But the perjury charges, the more severe allegations, must be settled in court. Sanduskys strong conviction does not bode well for the Curley-Schultz defense.
Investigators recently linked some information that could connect Schultz, Curley and former Penn State President Graham Spanier to at least one Sandusky abuse incident. Investigators say the three men swapped emails about how they might handle and cover up a Sandusky shower incident allegedly witnessed by former quarterback and assistant coach Mike McQueary, who testified for the prosecution in the Sandusky trial.
That 2001 incident, McQueary testified, occurred in the universitys football headquarters and was also brought to the attention of head football coach Joe Paterno, now deceased.
Not one of those powerful Penn State individuals took his story to the police.
An earlier incident, in 1998, was also detailed in the Sandusky trial. A young man known as victim 6 described showering with Sandusky on Penn States campus, then telling his mother who called police. Officers interviewed the boy and Sandusky, but no charges were filed.
Another young man, victim 4, described a sexual relationship with Sandusky that ended in 2002, and said in court that he wished he had come forward sooner to perhaps protect other boys from his fate.
Sanduskys wife, Dottie, testified that she neither saw nor heard inappropriate activities involving her husband and boys with whom he kept company. Given the graphic testimony of numerous witnesses at the trial, we struggle to reconcile her statements.
A parade of character witnesses failed to break down the testimony of the eight young men who confidently described how they had been abused even as others, including Sanduskys own adopted son, were stepping from the shadows to say they also were victims.
Were told the results of the Freeh investigation may be made public in the coming weeks. We expect more harsh realities will be realized then, as well as during the Curley-Schultz trial, and as other investigations are detailed.
Could those at The Second Mile charity through which Sandusky identified then stalked his victims have been totally oblivious to the workings of this now-convicted serial predator?
Did other Penn State coaches including Paterno and Tom Bradley know of Sanduskys pedophile tendencies and do nothing? Bradleys name arose in trial testimony from a young man who said Sanduskys successor as defensive coordinator witnessed Sandusky in a shower with a young boy.
Do more key people at the university including Spanier have culpability in this mess, not for something they did, but for what they failed to do?
Were any members of Penn States board of trustees hearing the rumors were now told were moving in many State College circles years before Sandusky was charged?
We await the next revelation in this terrible story with growing anxiousness fearful of how far the truth will take us, but eager to expose all layers of the tragedy for judgment in the light of public scrutiny.
Standing outside the courthouse late on the night of June 22, while a throng of media did dozens of simultaneous interviews and while Jerry Sandusky was beginning his first night in prison, Centre County Commissioner Steve Dershem said: To have this happen right under our noses is frightening.
Yes it is.
And to have something this horrific happen under the noses of people who knew or had suspicions and did nothing is criminal. As we may soon see.