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Investigator: Many dropped ball in Sandusky case

6:44 PM, Nov 10, 2011   |    comments
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The uproar over former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest has centered on what head coach Joe Paterno did -- and didn't do -- in 2002.

That's when an assistant coach told Paterno he'd caught Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a university locker room shower.

But a grand jury report says Penn State brass knew of similar allegations four years earlier.

According to the report:

In 1998, Sandusky, who ran a foundation for disadvantaged kids, was accused of squeezing a naked boy while they were showering.

During an investigation, police had the boy's mom call Sandusky as they listened in. Sandusky said he'd showered with other boys too. Later, Sandusky told the mother, "I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness....I wish I were dead."

But cops didn't press charges. And university Senior Vice President Gary Schultz, who's accused of covering up the 2002 incident along with Athletic Director Tim Curley, allowed Sandusky to continue using the locker room.

There were others who failed to act.

In 2000, a janitor caught Sandusky performing oral sex on a boy in the locker room. The janitor told a co-worker he had "fought in the (Korean) War...Seen people with their guts blowed out, arms dismembered...I just witnessed something in there I'll never forget," according to the grand jury report.

But he never told cops about it.

And in 2006, a high school coach found Sandusky lying face to face with a boy on a wrestling mat late one night. Although he thought it odd, the coach, like others before him, never told a soul.

Sandusky finally got caught after another high school coach did the right thing.

In 2008, a mother told the high school coach about Sandusky sexually assaulting her son. The coach told school officials, who barred Sandusky from the school district and reported him to authorities.

As for Paterno, he told his boss about the 2002 incident. But he never told police.

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