Key dates in the Penn State child sex abuse case

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:01 am •  Published: October 10, 2012
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Schultz and Curley have testified to the grand jury that McQueary never gave them graphic details or told them how serious his allegations were about Sandusky and the boy known as Victim 2.

- Nov. 8, 2011 - Possible ninth victim of Sandusky contacts state police as calls for ouster of Paterno and Spanier grow in state and beyond. Penn State abruptly cancels Paterno's regular weekly news conference.

- Nov. 9, 2011 - Paterno is fired, and Spanier, one of the nation's longest-serving college presidents, is forced out, effective immediately. Earlier in the day, Paterno announced he would retire at the end of the season. School provost and executive vice president Rodney Erickson is appointed to replace Spanier. Irate students take to the streets.

- Nov. 11, 2011 - McQueary is placed on administrative leave.

- Nov. 14, 2011 - Big Ten Conference announces it will take Paterno's name off championship trophy. Raykovitz resigns from The Second Mile.

- Nov. 15, 2011 - Sandusky tells NBC's "Rock Center" that he is not a pedophile but realizes, in retrospect, that he should not have showered with boys. He pauses and then rambles when Bob Costas asks whether he is sexually attracted to children.

- Nov. 18, 2011 - Paterno family announces he is undergoing treatment for a form of lung cancer.

- Nov. 30, 2011 - A lawsuit alleges Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times after meeting him through The Second Mile.

Dec. 3, 2011 - The New York Times reports that Sandusky told the newspaper that Paterno never spoke with him about any suspected misconduct with minors.

- Dec. 7, 2011 - Sandusky is arrested on new sex abuse charges brought by two new accusers, including one who says the abuse took place in the Sandusky home while Sandusky's wife may have been home. Sandusky, facing 52 charges based on allegations involving 10 accusers, spends the night in jail.

- Dec. 8, 2011 - Sandusky's wife, Dottie, posts his bail. She issues a statement proclaiming her husband's innocence and claims the accusers are making up their stories. Sandusky is ordered to undergo electronic monitoring.

- Dec. 13, 2011 - Sandusky waives a preliminary hearing at which he could have faced his accusers, moving a step closer to trial.

- Dec. 16, 2011 - McQueary testifies during a preliminary hearing for Curley and Schultz and says he believes he saw Sandusky molesting a boy but stops short of saying he was sure Sandusky raped the child. A judge rules there is enough evidence against the men to send the cases to trial. Their lawyers say their clients are innocent and will be acquitted.

- Jan. 6, 2012 - New England Patriots offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien agrees to become new Penn State football coach.

- Jan. 13, 2012 - Erickson holds the last of three meetings in as many days with alumni as he tries to calm anger about how the university has dealt with the scandal. A crowd in New York heartily applauds one woman who asks, "How do you explain the lack of due process for Joe Paterno?"

- Jan. 14, 2012 - Paterno tells The Washington Post in his first interview since his ouster that he's "shocked and saddened" by the scandal and "didn't know which way to go" after McQueary went to him in 2002. Paterno says McQueary "didn't want to get specific" about details. Paterno says he was hesitant to make follow-up calls because he didn't want to be seen as trying to exert influence either for or against Sandusky.

- Jan. 19, 2012 - Penn State trustees try to counter the alumni uproar in interviews and tell the AP they decided to oust Paterno in part because he didn't do more to alert authorities in 2002. Trustees also say Paterno made statements after the scandal broke that they felt challenged trustees' authority.

- Jan. 21, 2012 - Paterno's doctors say his condition is "serious" after he experiences complications from lung cancer.

- Jan. 22, 2012 - Joe Paterno dies at age 85.

- June 11, 2012 - Sandusky's trial on child sex abuse charges begins. Testimony comes from eight of the 10 victims, in often-graphic form. Sandusky himself does not take the stand, but his wife does. Their adopted son, Matt, alleges that after hearing some of that testimony, he realized Sandusky had abused him, too.

- June 22, 2012 - Sandusky is convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child sex abuse.

- July 12, 2012 - Penn State's internal investigation concludes that the administrators who fielded a 2001 complaint about him created a dangerous situation by not reporting it. The report by Louis Freeh says Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz, in order to avoid negative publicity for the school, "repeatedly concealed critical facts" and "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

- July 22, 2012 - A statue of Joe Paterno that stood outside Beaver Stadium is removed hours before the NCAA imposes landmark sanctions on Penn State that include $60 million in fines, a four-year post-season ban on football, a crippling reduction in football scholarships and five years of probation.

- Aug. 3, 2012 - Paterno family calls the Freeh report "incomplete, rife with unsupported opinions and unquestionably one-sided," and tries to appeal the NCAA sanctions. NCAA says the sanctions are not subject to appeal.

- Aug. 22, 2012 - Spanier, in interviews with ABC and The New Yorker magazine, claims he was not aware that early complaints against Sandusky were sexual. His lawyers blast the Freeh report, as do lawyers for Curley and Schultz.

- Sept. 1, 2012 - Penn State's football team, sporting new uniforms, opens its first season since 1949 without Paterno on the sidelines. His widow, Sue, attends the game with her daughter and tells the AP that she "just wants us to win." Penn State loses to Ohio 24-14.

- Sept. 15, 2012 - Penn State wins first game of O'Brien era, 34-7 over Navy.

- Sept. 20, 2012 - Penn State hires Ken Feinberg, the lawyer who ran the Sept. 11 victim fund and other major victim compensation efforts, to help it settle personal injury claims filed by Sandusky's victims.

- Oct. 2, 2012 - McQueary files whistle-blower suit against Penn State, accusing it of defamation.

- Oct. 3, 2012 - Penn State's price tag to pay for legal fees, consultants and public relations firms to handle the fallout from the Sandusky scandal reaches nearly $20 million.

- Oct. 9, 2012 - Sandusky is sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison, effectively a life sentence. In a rambling statement, he defiantly proclaims his innocence.

- January 2013 - Trial scheduled for Curley and Schultz.

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