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October 9, 2012

Key dates in the Penn State child sex abuse case

STATE COLLEGE — 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.”

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