Jerry Sandusky Scandal

The career of, case against Jerry Sandusky

Centre Daily Times

1963-65

Jerry Sandusky plays defensive end at Penn State



1966

Sandusky marries Dottie; Joe Paterno named head coach at Penn State



1969

Sandusky starts coaching at Penn State



1977

Sandusky starts The Second Mile for at-risk boys, later expanded to girls



Jan. 2, 1987

Penn State beats Miami to win national title at Fiesta Bowl; victory attributed to Sandusky’s defense



1998

Police investigate report from mother of a Second Mile boy that Sandusky showered with him; no charges are filed



Dec. 28, 1999

Penn State shuts out Texas A&M in Alamo Bowl, Sandusky’s last game; he retires from Penn State, devotes himself to Second Mile



Feb. 9, 2001*

Then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary allegedly walks into Lasch Building to find Sandusky naked in shower with a boy; Sandusky says incident was not sexual



2007

Sandusky steps down from full-time role with Second Mile



2008

Alleged victim 1 sparks investigation by state attorney general



2009

Grand jury investigation into Sandusky begins



2010

Sandusky unsuccesfully applies to be assistant coach at Juniata College



Jan. 12, 2011

Paterno and Penn State administrators Curley and Schultz testify before grand jury



Nov. 5

Sandusky arraigned on 40 counts of child sex abuse



Nov. 7

Athletics director Tim Curley and retired VP Gary Schultz are arraigned on charges of perjury and failure to report abuse



Nov. 9

Penn State trustees announce they’re firing Paterno as coach and Graham Spanier as president, sparking student riots



Nov. 14

Sandusky does phone interview with Bob Costas broadcast on TV



Nov. 21

Penn State appoints former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate university’s handling of allegations



Nov. 22

Senior Judge John Cleland, of McKean County, appointed



Dec. 7

Sandusky arrested and arraigned on 12 more counts, put on house arrest; in statement, Dottie Sandusky says she’s been devastated by allegations and believes husband is innocent



Dec. 13

Sandusky waives right to preliminary hearing



Dec. 16

Charges against Curley and Schultz bound over for trial at preliminary hearing; McQueary testifies at hearing; Paterno’s testimony to grand jury read



Jan. 7, 2012

Bill O’Brien appointed head football coach



Jan. 11

It’s revealed Curley is fighting lung cancer



Jan 22

Paterno dies of lung cancer



Feb. 10

In statement after hearing, Sandusky says he’s saddened he can’t see his grandchildren and that people he knows have turned on him



March 21

Penn State announces contract to pay for counseling of alleged victims



March 24

Penn State police report from 1998 investigation leaked to media shows a State College psychologist’s report that says Sandusky exhibited signs of a pedophile



March 29

Cleland delays trial from mid-May to June 5



April 9

Cleland issues gag order



May 4

Results from Penn State trustees elections are announced. Alumni elect three new trustees from a field of 86 candidates



May 8

McQueary files legal papers announcing intent to sue the university



May 9

Attorney Joe Amendola files motion with Cleland to delay trial



May 25

Spanier files civil lawsuit to get access to Penn State emails; Second Mile announces plans to shut down



May 30

Cleland denies request to delay trial



May 31

Attorney Karl Rominger files petition with state Superior Court asking for trial to be delayed



June 1

Superior Court rejects request for delay; defense appeals to Supreme Court



June 5

Jury selection to begin



*Prosecutors initially said shower incident took place in March 2002

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