NCF Nation: Sandusky verdict

Video: Schaap on Sandusky

June, 23, 2012

After much suspicion and several investigations, Jerry Sandusky is finally behind bars.
The language of the law, so compelling and so descriptive in so many cases, fails to describe the crimes of Jerry Sandusky. Words such as "deviate" and "indecent" and "corruption of children" are not enough.

Even when we add lawyers' courtroom rhetoric with nouns such as "monster" and "atrocity," we do not begin to describe what this former Penn State coach did to so many boys, and we do not begin to measure the actions and inactions of those in the Penn State football program who enabled Sandusky to rape children again and again in football facilities, before and after football practices, and on football trips.

As we struggle to find the vocabulary that will work, we will use words such as "closure" and "healing." The verdict Friday evening will not produce closure, and it will not produce healing. If it does anything that is positive, it tells us that the legal system has concluded the most important part of its work on Sandusky. That's it. There is nothing more to it. Much more remains to be done before we even begin to discuss healing or closure.

For Lester Munson's full column, click here.
Over the coming weeks, much energy will be devoted to the attempted closure of the Penn State scandal; to the isolation of Jerry Sandusky as a disturbed man with serious and criminal psychological problems; to the alleged dereliction of duty by Penn State administrators, two of whom, like Sandusky himself, might ultimately wind up in prison; and to the renewal of a university now home to the worst scandal in the history of American sports.

There will be talk of the judicial system, which took less than two weeks of trial and less than 48 hours of jury deliberation to hand down a guilty verdict on 45 of 48 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. There will be talk about how so many people in the Penn State community suspected what Sandusky was and yet did nothing. Hopefully, more than just the reading of the verdict and the relief that brings, there will be a lifetime's worth of full compassion and assistance and resources for the young people and their families, whose lives can never be completely rebuilt.

The most important element of this tragedy, the element that demands the most attention and yet is at risk of disappearing fastest from the national conscience, is the enduring question of why. Why Jerry Sandusky was allowed to prey on children for so long when his trial revealed an intense level of suspicion of him over several years by people in sufficient position to stop him. Why so many supposedly concerned, educated and well-meaning people allowed such a person to exist in their community.

While Sandusky must stand alone, responsible for his individual choices and pathologies, the answer to why he was allowed access to kids, why no one stood up to stop him, why so many people felt it necessary to make phone calls to everyone -- to their fathers, to the coaches, to administrators, to each other -- but not to the police, is simple: Joe Paterno and Penn State football. There is no other reason.

For Howard Bryant's full column, click here.

Video: Pennsylvania AG Linda Kelly

June, 23, 2012

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly speaks with Jeremy Schaap and Roger Cossack after Jerry Sandusky is found guilty.

Video: Sandusky attorney Joe Amendola

June, 22, 2012

Joe Amendola, lead defense attorney, talks with Jeremy Schaap and Roger Cossack after Jerry Sandusky is found guilty.
Penn State released a statement Friday night after former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexually abusing boys.

The full statement reads:

Today Penn State learned that a verdict was reached in the case of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania v. Gerald Sandusky. Mr. Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of the 48 charges filed against him.

The legal process has spoken and we have tremendous respect for the men who came forward to tell their stories publicly. No verdict can undo the pain and suffering caused by Mr. Sandusky, but we do hope this judgment helps the victims and their families along their path to healing.

The Board of Trustees and current administration maintain a steadfast commitment to pursuing the truth regarding Mr. Sandusky’s actions. While we cannot change what happened, we can and do accept the responsibility to take action on the societal issue of child sexual abuse -- both in our community and beyond. The University is committed to ensuring that our campuses are safe for children and to being a constructive participant in building greater awareness of child sexual abuse and the practical steps that can be undertaken to prevent, report and respond to such abuse.

The University has already established a confidential counseling process for victims of Mr. Sandusky's conduct, and that process remains open. (For further information, please visit While counseling is critical, some victims have sought and continue to seek a direct dialogue with the University to discuss the University's responsibility for Mr. Sandusky's actions

Now that the jury has spoken, the University wants to continue that dialogue and do its part to help victims continue their path forward. To that end, the University plans to invite victims of Mr. Sandusky's abuse to participate in a program to facilitate the resolution of claims against the University arising out of Mr. Sandusky's conduct. The purpose of the program is simple – the University wants to provide a forum where the University can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims' concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the University. Counsel to the University plan to reach out to counsel to the victims of Mr. Sandusky’s abuse in the near future with additional details.

Video: Sandusky found guilty

June, 22, 2012

Ron Musselman, editor-in-chief of, on Jerry Sandusky being found guilty on 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial.

Jury convicts Jerry Sandusky

June, 22, 2012

BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years, accusations that had sent shock waves through the college campus known as Happy Valley and led to the firing of Penn State's beloved Hall of Fame coach, Joe Paterno.

Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno's heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. He faces life in prison at sentencing, which is weeks away.

Sandusky showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months.

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