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The cast of characters in the Penn State scandal

Associated Press Modified: October 10, 2012 at 2:01 am •  Published: October 10, 2012
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The main players in the Penn State scandal:

JERRY SANDUSKY

Role: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period.

Background: Arrested in November after a long investigation by a statewide grand jury. He had been a successful defensive coach for the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his fame in the community and his charity to attract victims.

Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children.

Status: Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to 30 to 60 years in prison. He will likely die in prison, according to the judge.

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DOTTIE SANDUSKY

Role: Married to Jerry Sandusky.

Background: Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting his bail when he was released before trial, accompanying him to court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence and said accusers were making up stories. She wasn't charged and testified at his trial that she never saw him doing anything inappropriate with boys he brought to their home.

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GRAHAM SPANIER

Role: Penn State's longtime president, he was forced out by university trustees after Sandusky's arrest in November but remains a tenured faculty member.

Background: An investigation led by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh concluded that Spanier failed in his duties as president by not informing the board of trustees about the allegations against Sandusky or about the subsequent grand jury investigation. Spanier told investigators he wasn't notified of any criminal behavior by Sandusky during his 16 years as president. He has not been charged with any crime but is accused in a whistle-blower lawsuit against the university of making statements that harmed the reputation of Mike McQueary. McQueary, since fired by the university, was an assistant who told longtime coach Joe Paterno he saw Sandusky with a boy in a team shower in 2001, and who now says Spanier and other administrators have made him a scapegoat.

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LOUIS FREEH

Role: Leader of an investigative team tasked with determining how the abuse occurred and recommending changes, as well as reviewing Penn State's handling of sex crimes and misconduct accusations.

Background: Freeh, a former federal judge who spent eight years as director of the FBI, was hired by Penn State's board of trustees in June. His firm produced a 267-page report that said Spanier, Paterno, Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse."

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TIM CURLEY

Role: Penn State athletic director, on leave while he fights criminal charges for actions related to the Sandusky scandal.

Background: Curley fielded McQueary's complaint about Sandusky in a team shower with a boy in early 2001, and told a grand jury he instructed Sandusky not to be inside Penn State athletic facilities with any young people.

Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn't on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and unsuccessfully sought to have the perjury charge dismissed. A judge is expected to rule on the failure to report charge before Curley stands trial in January along with Schultz. Freeh's report concluded that Curley and others at Penn State concealed child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky.

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GARY SCHULTZ

Role: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now retired.

Background: Schultz told the grand jury that Paterno and McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident "in a very general way" but did not provide details.

Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn't on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and failed to have the perjury charge dismissed. A judge is expected to rule on a request to dismiss the failure to report charge before Schultz stands trial in January along with Curley. Freeh's report said Schultz was among the Penn State officials who hid child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky.

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