Here’s a roundup of developments in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal on Monday:
A police investigation is looking into the possibility Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy in San Antonio.
Testimony was given to an investigating grand jury in Pennsylvania that indicated Sandusky — charged with sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years — brought one of the alleged victims to San Antonio in December 1999 for the Alamo Bowl.
The victim, now 27, traveled as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the game, according a report by the grand jury that investigated the allegations against Sandusky. Sandusky threatened to send the victim home when he resisted Sandusky’s advances, according to the report.
“We are looking into the possibility that an offense may have happened in San Antonio,” San Antonio Sgt. Chris Benavides said.
The grand jury testimony also alleges Sandusky brought the boy to the Outback Bowl, played Jan. 1, 1999, in Tampa, Fla.
Andrea Davis, a Tampa Police Department spokeswoman, said no victim has contacted Florida police.
“We have no one that has come forward with any allegations, and I searched back in our archives and couldn’t find any matches even for a call for service at that time,” she said. “We checked with the Attorney General’s Office, and without someone coming forward, that’s not even something we would investigate.”
Pennsylvania authorities have not shared information on the alleged victim or any accusation that he was abused while in Florida, Davis said. The statute of limitations might be an issue as well, Davis said.
“But first things first, we need a victim,” Davis said. “Without a victim, we can’t prosecute.”
The scandal will be the subject of a special episode of Anderson Cooper’s syndicated talk show at noon today.
“State of Shame: The Penn State Scandal” will feature interviews with former players, parents, alumni and others in the Penn State community who considered Sandusky and Joe Paterno family. The “Anderson” show airs on WATM ABC 23.
A local attorney has teamed up with a Washington, D.C.-area civil rights law firm to “assess the legal and constitutional questions involved” in the sex abuse scandal involving Sandusky and Penn State.
State College attorney Andrew Shubin and David Marshall, a partner in the Washington, D.C., firm of Katz, Marshall and Banks, LLP, said in a press release Penn State could face civil liability in the case.
Sandusky was arraigned Nov. 5 on 40 charges alleging he sexually abused eight boys over a 15-year period.
Also working with Shubin and Marshall is Seth Kreimer, a University of Pennsylvania law professor, and Justine Andronici, a civil rights lawyer. Andronici was the attorney for Jill Jones, formerly Jill Sandusky, who petitioned the court to prohibit contact between Jerry Sandusky and Jones’ three children with Sandusky’s son, Matthew.
Shubin said he put together a legal team specifically geared to the issues in the Sandusky case.
“A terrible injustice has occurred in our community,” Shubin said in the press release. “As a civil rights attorney and father of three children here in State College, I am committed to seeing that the full magnitude of that injustice is exposed, that those responsible are held accountable to the victims and the community for what they have done, and that the victims and their families receive the full measure of compensation to which they are entitled under the law.”
Shubin and Marshall encouraged victims to contact them at 867-3115 and 202-299-1140, respectively.
A New York City nonprofit organization that helps disadvantaged children has been in contact with Pennsylvania authorities because of a possible connection to the Sandusky case.
Through The Fresh Air Fund, thousands of inner-city children visit volunteer host families each summer in 13 U.S. states and Canada.
Sandusky and his wife may have served as a host family for the program’s children, and the organization is looking at its records, a spokeswoman said.
“The only think that I can tell you is that we found this out through a Google alert ourselves,” said Andrea Kotuk.
“It’s premature for us to comment because we’re looking into this matter right now.”
A spokesman in the Attorney General’s Office would not comment.