Key dates in the Penn State child sex abuse case
A chronological look at the case against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, based on grand jury reports, court appearances and testimony. Some key dates in Penn State football and since the scandal broke are included.
- 1969 - Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State as a defensive line coach.
- 1977 - Jerry Sandusky founds The Second Mile. It begins as a group foster home dedicated to helping troubled boys and grows into a charity dedicated to helping children with absent or dysfunctional families.
- January 1983 - Associated Press voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1982 season.
- January 1987 - AP voters select Penn State as college football's national champion for the 1986 season.
- 1994 - Boy known as Victim 7 in the report meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at about age 10.
- 1994-95 - Boy known as Victim 6 meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic at Spring Creek Park when he is 7 or 8.
- 1995-96 - Boy known as Victim 5 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is 7 or 8.
- 1996-97 - Boy known as Victim 4, at age 12 or 13, meets Sandusky while he is in his second year participating in The Second Mile.
- 1996-98 - Victim 5 is taken to the locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10.
- Jan. 1, 1998 - Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.
- 1998 - Victim 6 is taken into the locker rooms and showers when he is 11 years old. When Victim 6 is dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to the university police, who investigate.
Detective Ronald Schreffler would later testify that he and State College Police Department Detective Ralph Ralston, with the consent of the mother of Victim 6, eavesdropped on two conversations the mother of Victim 6 has with Sandusky. Sandusky said he has showered with other boys and Victim 6's mother tried to make Sandusky promise never to shower with a boy again, but he would not. At the end of the second conversation, after Sandusky was told he could not see Victim 6 anymore, Schreffler recalled that Sandusky said: "I understand. I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead."
Jerry Lauro, an investigator with the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, would testify that he and Schreffler interviewed Sandusky, and that Sandusky admitted showering naked with Victim 6, admitted to hugging Victim 6 while in the shower and admitted that it was wrong.
The case was closed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar decided there would be no criminal charge.
- June 1999 - Sandusky retires from Penn State but still holds emeritus status.
- Dec. 28, 1999 - Victim 4 is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.
- Summer 2000 - Boy known as Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile when he is between seventh and eighth grade.
- Fall 2000 - A janitor named James Calhoun observes Sandusky in the showers of the Lasch Football Building with a young boy, known as Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on him. He tells other janitorial staff immediately. Fellow Office of Physical Plant employee Ronald Petrosky cleans the showers at Lasch and sees Sandusky and the boy, described as being between ages 11 and 13.
Calhoun tells other physical plant employees what he saw, including Jay Witherite, his immediate supervisor. Witherite tells him to whom he should report the incident. Calhoun was a temporary employee and never makes a report. Victim 8's identity is unknown.
- Feb. 9, 2001 - Mike McQueary, a Penn State graduate assistant, enters the locker room at Lasch. In the showers, he sees a naked boy, known as Victim 2, whose age he estimates to be 10, being subjected to what he believed was anal intercourse by a naked Sandusky, he later testified at trial. McQueary tells his own father immediately.
- February 2001 - In the morning, McQueary calls Coach Joe Paterno and goes to Paterno's home, where he reports what he has seen.
- Feb. 11, 2001 - Paterno calls Tim Curley, Penn State athletic director, to his home the next day and reports a version of what McQueary said.
- February 2001 - Later in the month, McQueary is called to a meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, senior vice president for finance and business. The grad assistant says he reported what he saw, and Curley and Schultz say they will look into it.
- Feb. 27-28, 2001 - Curley emails Schultz and Penn State President Graham Spanier to say he talked over the situation with "Joe" and had second thoughts about how to handle the matter.
- March 2001 - Curley meets with Sandusky and tells him not to bring children into school athletic facilities.
- March 19, 2001 - Curley meets about Sandusky with Jack Raykovitz, executive director of The Second Mile, informing him of the school's response to McQueary's complaint.
- 2005-06 - Boy known as Victim 1 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile at age 11 or 12.
- Spring 2007 - During the 2007 track season, Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, having him stay overnight at his residence in College Township, Pa.
- Spring 2008 - End of contact with Victim 1 occurs when he is a freshman in a Clinton County high school. After the boy and his mother tell school officials Sandusky had molested him, Sandusky is barred from the school district, and the matter is reported to authorities, as law requires.
- Early 2009 - An investigation by the Pennsylvania attorney general begins when a Clinton County teenager tells authorities Sandusky inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.
- September 2010 - Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile, saying he wants to spend more time with family and handle personal matters.
- Nov. 5, 2011 - Sandusky is arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.
- Nov. 7, 2011 - Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno is not a target of the investigation into how the school handled the accusations. But she refuses to say the same for Spanier. Curley and Schultz, who step down from their positions, surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky.