Investigator: Sandusky wanted kids to "trust" him

9:17 PM, Nov 14, 2011   |    comments
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The head of the foundation started by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky resigned Monday, following reports that he knew of child sex abuse and never told anyone. 

Chief Executive Jack Raykovitz resigned from the Second Mile foundation after 28 years at the helm. Sandusky founded The Second Mile in 1977. The group has said that its youth programs serve as many as 100,000 children a year.

It is also where prosecutors say Sandusky found all 8 of his young victims over a 15-year period.

Sandusky discussed the Second Mile foundation during a 1987 interview, saying, "I enjoy being around children. I enjoy their enthusiasm. I just have a good time with them."

"One of the biggest things that would be the trust that would be developed," Sandusky said. "What we're trying to be is a true friend."

Fast forward almost 25 years and prosecutors say it became clear that Sandusky was anything but a true friend. They say Sandusky showered young boys with an array of gifts, including golf clubs, computers, name brand sports equipment -- even money for marijuana.

After luring them in, prosecutors say, Sandusky struck. Take the 2002 incident that led to the investigation.

Prosecutors say Sandusky groomed a young boy for months, then took him to a Penn State locker room. Once in the shower, "a naked Sandusky" sexually abused the boy while "his hands (were) up against the wall."

A football graduate assistant who witnessed the abuse reported it to head coach Joe Paterno as required by law. But he never told police. On Monday, Pennsylvania moved to require police be alerted.

It's a requirement Ohio has had for years -- with good reason. 

"If you report it up the chain, the information could be changed," said Cuyahoga County Assistant Prosecutor Steven Ritz. "The person who you're talking to might not even understand what you're saying."

In Ohio, it is crime for certain professionals who deal with children not to immediately report suspected child abuse to police or county social services. It's also grounds for a lawsuit.

Sandusky has pleaded not guilty in the case. Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz were charged with perjury. Both have denied wrongdoing and have left their university posts.

The scandal led to the departure of Penn State University President Graham Spanier and the dismissal of legendary head coach Joe Paterno after law enforcement officials said they didn't do enough to stop suspected abuse when it was reported to them in 2002.


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