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Published: November 12, 2016, 4:28 pm ~ Updated: November 13, 2016, 2:28 pm pdt
DUBUQUE, IOWA (WCJB) — Kyle Cross is a former Dubuque police officer. Cross had worked as a Dubuque police officer from 2007 to 2012. He was convicted of sexually abusing a teenage girl. State law enforcement officials are seeking to decertify Cross, 31. The Iowa Law Enforcement Academy Council published notice of its intent to decertify Cross. A case hearing is set for December 1, 2016, at the academy in Johnston, Iowa. He told media sources he does not plan to fight the decertification.
Cross pleaded guilty to third-degree sexual abuse early this year. He acknowledged having sexual contact with a 14-year-old runaway. The runaway was found at his house in February 2015. The crime is a felony. Cross was given a 10-year suspended prison sentence. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.
Published: 9:44 PM EDT Jul 16, 2016 ~ Updated: November 13, 2016, 2:28 pm pdt
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (WCJB) — Jason Gmoser, 36, was arrested in October 2014 for having millions of files depicting the sexual exploitation of children. Federal prosecutors say Gmoser, of Hamilton, Ohio, was arrested in 2014 after a court-authorized search of his home found the files. Jurors in Urbana convicted Jason Gmoser in February 2016. U.S. District Judge Colin S. Bruce in Urbana sentenced Gmoser to life in prison. The judge also gave Jason Gmoser an additional 50 years for conspiring to advertise and distribute child pornography.
Prosecutors say he operated via a members-only website that allowed him to post thousands of messages containing the images. Prosecutors described the website as a "highly-sophisticated global enterprise." They say users employed advanced technology to evade law enforcement.
Following his indictment, Mike Gmoser opened up about his son, saying he had been diagnosed with what was termed an "attachment disorder."
"My name is Mike Gmoser and I am the elected Butler County Prosecutor. I am a lifelong conservative Republican and maintained a successful trial practice for thirty-seven years. I served as Chief Trial Counsel and Assistant Butler County Prosecuting Attorney for nearly eight years during the 70's and 80's. In 1981, I served as the Prosecuting Attorney by special appointment of the County Commissioners during the absence of the Prosecutor due to health reasons."
New York -- Three men claim Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash sexually abused them while they were minors. They have each filed lawsuits saying as much. Clash has not yet been found guilty of any inappropriate sexual conduct with minors, therefore he's presumed innocent of these denigrating charges until evidence to the contrary is proven beyond a reasonable doubt. All three accusers say the sex was consensual but claim that they were not old enough to legally consent or comprehend the relationships. They're seeking damages ranging from upwards of $75,000 to more than $5 million.
Clash has rejected all accusations that he had an inappropriate relationship with any of four men who've come forward since last month, including the three who have filed lawsuits. Clash faces no criminal accusations. But the allegations created a tabloid storm that prompted him to resign as the voice and soul behind the high-pitched, huggable Elmo. In a matter of weeks, Clash's image has morphed dramatically. Once known as a success story born from humble roots in Turners Station, he now sees his sexual history as the subject of celebrity news sites. The claims in court papers date as far back as 1995 and involve meetings in New York and Florida.
However, on March 4, 2013, Kevin's lawyer filed a motion to combat this lawsuit, not by maintaining his client's innocence, but by saying the men aren't entitled to any money damages because the statute of limitations expired on their grievances.
Kevin Clash Claims (in his motion):
"There are two applicable types of statutes of limitations, a six-year one based on when the right of action has accrued, and a three-year one based on when the alleged victim turned eighteen and was therefore no longer under the disability of being a minor."
Plaintiff's Claim (in their opposing motion):
"It should be noted his motion does not say the abuse did not happen, just that it is too late to file the complaints... We are hopeful the Court will see it our way, however, by being able to bring their claims forth publicly the victims are already further along in the healing process."
"Sesame Street" was where Clash took an overlooked pink puppet and made "Elmo" a character that won him more than 10 Emmys and inspired the "Tickle Me Elmo" doll craze of the 1990s. As Clash's stature rose, his personal life remained private. He was married to Alice Eugenia-Loving Clash for 17 years; they had one daughter. The couple divorced in 2003. Records show Loving-Clash living in Catonsville at the time, while Clash listed his home in New York. Court records show that the separation was mutual and voluntary and that the Clashes had been living apart for at least a year.
In their July 2003 marital settlement agreement, Clash was ordered to make $2,000 monthly child support payments and tuition payments for their daughter, as well as alimony payments of $7,500 a month until Dec. 31 of this year unless Loving-Clash remarried or either party died.
Records don't indicate why the couple divorced. Clash's former wife did not return messages seeking comment. A woman who answered the phone at Clash's parents' home declined to talk about him.
Posted: 11/19/2012 1:41 pm EST Updated: 11/19/2012 04:17 pm PST
New York -- Sheldon Stephens (pictured right, shirtless) the man who accused the voice of Sesame Street's Elmo of starting a sexual relationship with him when he was 16 is now renewing his accusations, despite recanting them last week. Was he lying when he said he was having sex -- or not having sex?
Media sources reports that Stephens -- the 24-year-old model who earlier this month unhinged the reputation of Elmo's voice, Kevin Clash (pictured above, far left) claims he was pressured into recanting his accusations in order to settle in court for $125,000. Now Stephens reportedly wants to undo his settlement and maintains that he had sex with Clash when he was 16.
Last week, as part of a settlement, Stephens' lawyers released a statement claiming the beloved puppeteer's innocence:
"Stephens agrees that immediately upon execution of this Agreement, his counsel, [...]., shall release the [following] statement ... 'He [Stephens] wants it to be known that his sexual relationship with Mr. Clash was an adult consensual relationship.'"
The settlement document goes on to say if Stephens is asked by anyone about his relationship with Clash, he must only repeat the statement [above] in the settlement that recants his story. We've learned although Stephens signed the document, he continues to insist Clash had sex with him when he was a minor and was pressured into signing the settlement.
Stephens, 23, says he was crying during negotiations and said he didn't want to sign. Clash's lawyers didn't comment on the renewed allegations, but Clash has denied the allegations. He admitted to having a sexual relationship with Stephens but says the two were intimate after he turned 18.
Posted: 11/12/2012 01:24:48 PM PST - Updated: 11/12/2012 02:25:01 PM PST
NEW YORK -- The puppeteer who performs as Elmo on "Sesame Street" is taking a leave of absence from the popular kids' show in the wake of allegations that he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old boy. Sesame Workshop said puppeteer Kevin Clash (pictured above, center) denies the charges, which were first made in June by the alleged partner, who by then was 23. At his request, Clash has been granted a leave of absence in order to "protect his reputation," Sesame Workshop said. No further explanation was provided, nor was the duration of his leave specified.
"We took the allegation very seriously and took immediate action," Sesame Workshop said in a statement issued Monday. "We met with the accuser twice and had repeated communications with him. We met with Kevin, who denied the accusation."
The organization described the relationship as personal and "unrelated to the workplace." Its investigation found the allegation of underage conduct to be unsubstantiated. But it said Clash exercised "poor judgment" and was disciplined for violating company policy regarding Internet usage. It offered no details.
"I had a relationship with (the accuser)," Clash told media sources. "It was between two consenting adults and I am deeply saddened that he is trying to make it into something it was not."
Sex with a person under 17 is a felony in New York if the perpetrator is at least 21. It was unclear where the relationship took place, and there is no record of any criminal charge against Clash in the state.
"Elmo is bigger than any one person and will continue to be an integral part of 'Sesame Street' to engage, educate and inspire children around the world, as it has for 40 years," Sesame Workshop said in its statement. "Sesame Street" is currently in production, but other puppeteers are prepared to fill in for Clash during his absence, according to a person close to the show who spoke on condition of anonymity because that person was not authorized to publicly discuss details about the show's production. "Elmo will still be a part of the shows being produced," that person said.
Clash, the 52-year-old divorced father of a grown daughter, has been a puppeteer for "Sesame Street" since 1984. It was then that he was handed the fuzzy red puppet with ping-pong-ball eyes and asked to come up with a voice for him. Clash transformed the character, which had been a marginal member of the Muppets gang for a number of years, into a major star rivaling Big Bird as the face of "Sesame Street." In addition to his role as Elmo, Clash also serves as the show's senior Muppet coordinator and Muppet captain.
Among children and adults alike, Elmo was quickly embraced as a frolicsome child with a high-pitched giggle and a tendency to speak of himself in the third person. "I would love to be totally like Elmo," Clash said in a 1997 interview with media sources. "He is playful and direct and positive." Besides "Sesame Street," Elmo has made guest appearances on dozens of TV shows. He starred in the 1999 feature film "Elmo in Grouchland." And he has inspired a vast product line, including the Tickle Me Elmo doll, which created a sales sensation with its introduction in 1996. Along the way, Clash has become a star in his own right. In 2006, he published an autobiography, "My Life as a Furry Red Monster," and was the subject of the 2011 documentary "Being Elmo: A Puppeteer's Journey."
Posted: June 15, 2012 - Updated: Jue 22, 2012 16:35 PDT
A Vicious Cycle!
MEMPHIS, TN (WCJB) – A Cordova teenager font color=blue>pictured above, center will stand trial for the rape of a 23-month-old baby in just a few days. Media sources have learned that people are rallying around the teen online. The disturbing case was supposed to go to trial in adult court in May. It was pushed back until Monday, June 18.
Prosecutors say James Prindle raped his toddler sister in August 2010. When he was arrested for the crime, Prindle was only 15 years old. He is now 17. Investigators allege that Prindle was babysitting for his two younger siblings at their Cordova apartment when some other boys came over. The toddler was assaulted and they all fabricated a story about a home invasion to try to cover it up. The other boys were adjudicated in juvenile court on charges besides rape in October 2010.
While Prindle faces decades behind bars in adult prison if convicted, he is finding support elsewhere in the United States. A website called justice-4-james.org does not argue that Prindle's little sister was assaulted, but it does claim that he had nothing to do with it. It quotes the teen as saying "I only like girls my age or older--that's it. I would rather blow my brains out than ever think about touching my sister."
The Justice for James website claims that it is another teen who is responsible for raping the little girl, but her older brother is the one scheduled to face trial on the charges. Media sources have been told that the prosecution may play a videotape of Prindle's 6 year old brother claiming that Prindle did it. Prindle's attorney declined to comment because the jury is most likely going to be sequestered.
November 28, 2011
Grant D. Smith, 47, far right, a University of Utah professor, pleaded not guilty today of charges of viewing child pornography on his laptop during a flight from Salt Lake City to Boston.
Salt Lake City, Utah -- A University of Utah professor was arraigned today in Boston on charges of viewing child pornography on his laptop while flying first class from Salt Lake City to Boston. The professor has pleaded not guilty to charges of viewing child porn on his laptop computer while flying to Boston. Grant Smith, 47, was ordered held on $75,000 bail and instructed to have no unsupervised contact with children, the Salt Lake TV station reports. Media sources in Boston report that prosecutors, in court, alleged that police found dozens of pictures of girls as young as 5 years old on Smith's computer. When asked by a flight attendant to turn off the computer, Smith began erasing the files. Grant Smith, 47, was arrested on arrival in Boston after a fellow passenger saw what he was viewing, took a photo of it and alerted police.
Another Media source reported that Smith has been placed on administrative leave. The university said that it would immediately seek Smith's dismissal if the allegations proved to be true. The source does not say that a witness took a photo of Smith viewing the laptop. The source says the witness sitting behind him texted his son about what he saw and the son called the Massachusetts State Police to report the incident. Police met the Delta flight on Saturday, searched the man's computer and allegedly found "disturbing images of child pornography," State Police spokesman David Procopio said.
Media sources in Salt Lake reported that Smith, a father of two, is a professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Utah and was apparently flying to Boston to attend a convention.
See: Schoolyard Predators! - Part VIII - 2011
The Second Mile Foundation!
"When Jesus walked the earth oppressive Roman law meant Jews could be forced to carry a roman soldiers equipment for up to one mile upon the request of a soldier. Jesus said, 'Go the extra mile' which meant 'carry the Roman soldiers equipment for not only one mile but for a second mile'."
-- The Background of the Foundation's Name: 'The Second Mile'.
Posted: 12:33 AM EDT, Sun July 1, 2012 - Updated: 1:13 AM PDT, Mon July 2, 2012
Happy Valley, PA (WCJB) -- With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower -- and whether they covered up the incident. Corrupt Justice™ does not have the purported e-mails. However, the alleged contents were relayed to Corrupt Justice™ via media sources. The purported e-mail exchanges began 16 days after graduate assistant Mike McQueary (pictured left) first told Head Coach Joe Paterno on February 9, 2001, that McQueary believed he saw Sandusky make sexual contact with a boy in a locker room shower.
The e-mails indicate Sandusky sexually abused other boys in the years after the 2001 incident and before his arrest. The messages also indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky after a 2001 shower incident, but apparently first decided to handle it using a "humane" approach before contacting outside authorities whose job it is to investigate suspected abuse. "This is a more humane and upfront way to handle this,' Gary Schultz, who was a university vice president at the time, allegedly wrote.
In an exchange of messages from February 26 to February 28, 2001, Spanier allegedly acknowledges Penn State could be "vulnerable" for not reporting the incident, according to two sources with knowledge of the case. "The only downside for us is if the message (to Sandusky) isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it," Spanier purportedly writes.
The alleged e-mails among Spanier, Schultz, 62, and former Athletic Director Tim Curley, 57, never mention Sandusky by name, instead referring to him as "the subject" and "the person." Children that Sandusky brought on campus --some of whom might have been victims -- are referred to as "guests."
Since the scandal broke, Schultz and Curley have publicly maintained McQueary reported only inappropriate conduct -- horsing around. The purported e-mails indicate the men could be at additional risk for not disclosing the matter to authorities. Schultz and Curley are currently charged with perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury and failing to report suspected child abuse. They have pleaded not guilty. Records show no authorities were ever contacted and Sandusky was eventually charged with having sexual contact with four more boys after the 2001 incident. On June 22, Sandusky was convicted of abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
Posted: 6/21/2012 2:31 PM PDT - Updated: 6/22/2012 5:31 PM PDT
"He did me too!"
Updated: Tuesday, 08 Dec 2011, 9:56 AM PST
Happy Valley, PA -- Former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky has posted $250,000 bail following his arrest on new sex abuse charges. It was not immediately clear whether he had been released. Court records indicate Sandusky posted bail using $200,000 in real estate holdings and a $50,000 certified check provided by wife Dorothy. Sandusky was charged last month with sexually abusing 8 other boys over a 15-year span. He maintains his innocence. Sandusky was jailed Wednesday on 12 new charges of child sex abuse after a grand jury report released details of testimony from two new alleged victims.
A year and a half after an investigation began into Jerry Sandusky's contact with young boys, the former Penn State assistant football coach applied for a volunteer coaching job at a central Pennsylvania college but was denied the job after a background check. Officials at Juniata College said Wednesday that Sandusky applied for the volunteer football coaching job in May 2010 and rejected the following month after a background check showed a high school where Sandusky previously volunteered was investigating him. Juniata spokesman John Wall said the college was not informed of the details of the investigation or the existence of a grand jury, but based on the report informed its coaches Sandusky was not to have contact with the program. Sandusky continued to attend games after he was rejected for the job and at one point sat in the press box for an away game. Wall said he wasn't sure what led Sandusky to be in the press box, but said the school's former athletic director then reiterated to its coaches that Sandusky was to have no connection with the team.
The information that Sandusky was still pursuing coaching opportunities amid an investigation into his activities comes as his attorney and prosecutors prepare for a preliminary hearing where several of his alleged victims could testify. Another accuser came forward Tuesday and filed a complaint with authorities. The now 19-year-old said he also met Sandusky through The Second Mile, a charity Sandusky founded in 1977 to help at-risk children, a lawyer for the accuser said. The attorney said the client, whom he did not identify, went to his law firm about three weeks ago, after Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. "He suffered one incident of abuse, to use the legal term — involuntary deviate sexual intercourse — allegedly at the hands of Mr. Sandusky," the attorney said. "That occurred on the Penn State campus, we believe in the area of the football facilities."
The attorney also told media sources that his client was 12 years old, dealing with the death of his mother and suffering emotional issues at the time of the campus incident. The lawyer said the two met through The Second Mile and his client claims Sandusky gave him liquor while in the office on campus. The grand jury report did not allege any instances of Sandusky giving boys alcohol. Sandusky is charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse involving eight young boys, but it's not clear if prosecutors know the identities of the last two victims. The preliminary hearing could last a day or more, since the defense has the right to cross-examine the state's witnesses. The judge would then rule if there's probable cause to uphold the charges.
Updated: Tuesday, 07 Dec 2011, 3:25 PM PST
Jerry Sandusky, 67, the former Penn State coach who already faces 40 counts of child sexual abuse involving eight victims, was arrested today after new allegations of abuse surfaced. Sandusky was arrested for a second time stemming from new allegations from two new victims. These victims came forward after his first arrest on Nov. 5th. The Pennsylvania attorney general said that both victims met Sandusky through the Second Mile. The Second Mile is a charity Sandusky founded to help at-risk kids. Sandusky allegedly took them to football games and abused them in his home. The new charges include: involuntary deviate sexual intercourse; unlawful contact with a minor; indecent assault; endangering the welfare of children; and corruption of minors. The new charges will be included in a preliminary hearing on the original charges. Sandusky's preliminary hearing is currently set for Dec. 13.
Sandusky (pictured left) was removed from his State College, Pa., home in handcuffs and taken for arraignment to a Centre County courthouse. “I’m very disappointed by the latest tactics of the attorney general’s office by going to Jerry’s house unannounced without so much as giving me a courtesy phone call as his attorney,” Sandusky’s attorney said (via the media). “We've always offered to turn him in if there were new charges.” Sandusky, in media interviews, has maintained his innocence, while admitting that he showered with young boys and described his contact as “horsing around.” Victim nine, according to media sources, is now 18 and alleged in a grand jury presentment released today that his cries for help from Sandusky’s basement went unanswered. “The victim testified that on at least one occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was upstairs, but no one ever came to help him,” the presentment says. The man identified as Victim 10 claimed that Sandusky molested him in a Penn State campus swimming pool, while exposing himself. Victim 10 also claimed that Sandusky later asked for oral sex during a car ride. County Prosecutors asked for $1 million bail. Sandusky's attorney argued that his client has not considered fleeing and had offered to surrender. Senior Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott set bail at $250,000 cash and Sandusky was taken to the Centre County Correctional Facility. The Judge ordered that should Sandusky be able to post bail: Sandusky is ordered to wear an ankle monitor; have no contact with minors; witnesses; and/or the alleged victims.
updated 3:41 PM PST, Sun December 4, 2011
Penn State (WCJB) -- Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky (pictured above, center) embroiled in a child sex abuse scandal, attempts to clarify in a new interview how he feels about his relationships with young people. A grand jury report, made public last month, detailed 40 charges against Sandusky in a child sex abuse scandal involving at least eight alleged victims and spanning 15 years.
"If I say, 'No, I'm not attracted to young boys,' that's not the truth. Because I'm attracted to young people -- boys, girls -- I ... [...] Right. I enjoy, that's what I was trying to say, I enjoy spending time with young people. I enjoy spending time with people. "I mean my two favorite groups are the elderly and the young."
-- Jerry Sandusky said in an extensive interview with media sources in a story published Saturday (12/3/11).
In a recent television interview, Sandusky was asked directly:
"Are you sexually attracted to underage boys?" Sandusky repeated the question, paused, and responded, "No. I enjoy young people." Sandusky stressed that he and legendary head football coach Joe Paterno never discussed the allegations of sexual misconduct. "I don't know that he didn't know," he told the media source. "I know that he never said anything to me. I know that."
The Board of Trustees removed Paterno and President Graham Spanier on November 9, amid the allegations that also implicated high-level university officials. Athletic Director Tim Curley, 57, and the school's vice president for finance and business, Gary Schultz, 62, have since been charged in the scandal. Each faces one count of felony perjury and one count of failure to report abuse allegations. Paterno, 84, has not been charged in the investigation, but has received criticism for not alerting authorities to the alleged misconduct. He has said he did his duty in referring the allegations to his superior; according to the grand jury report, Paterno called Curley to report allegations of Sandusky "fondling or doing something of a sexual nature to a young boy." Spanier also was informed of "a report of an incident involving Sandusky and a child in the showers on campus."
The former Penn State defense coordinator has maintained his innocence throughout the investigation -- saying he only "horsed around" with the disadvantaged boys in his care -- and is currently free on an unsecured $100,000 bail-bond (This means he was not required to put up any money, or he got a "get out of jail free card").
November 29, 2011
Happy Valley, PA -- Since the initial press conference announcing the Penn State child sex scandal, there have been lots of developments. Sources tell us the number of potential victims in the scandal, has more than doubled in the case. We've learned there may be as many as 17 accusers coming forward against one-time Penn State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky allegedly met all the boys through The Second Mile, a charity he founded in the late 1970s. There are eight victims listed in the grand jury presentment, and 40 charges have been leveled against Sandusky, a long-time assistant to Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno. Paterno was not named in the grand jury finding as violating any laws, and authorities have said he is not a target of the investigation. Students rallied in support of Paterno.
As of November 25th, two new additional young victims have come forward in the -- and one of them is said to be his own 5 year old grandson! The other victim is said to be under age 18. All the other victims who've come forward are now adults. The grandchild is said to be the son of Jill Jones, ex-wife of Sandusky's son Matt, who earlier this month got a court restraining order barring Sandusky from contact with her children, two young daughters and the boy. Sandusky's six children are adopted.
As of November 28th, Penn State police say they have received a letter from another man who claims he was "possibly assaulted" by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. According to media sources, the letter was received Friday from a man incarcerated in Oklahoma. Penn State police gave the letter to the Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, which is investigating Sandusky. Sandusky is free on an unsecured $100,000 bail-bond (This means he was not required to put up any money, or he got a "get out of jail free card"). He is set to appear in court December 13.
November 28, 2011
"'I Shouldn't Have Showered With Those Kids'."
-- Ex-Penn State Coach and 'The Second Mile' founder Jerry Sandusky to NBC's Bob Costas:'.
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — The Second Mile, a non-profit organization set up by Jerry Sandusky in 1977 to help at-risk children in Pennsylvania, is now tainted because many of the victims that the former Penn State defensive coordinator allegedly molested were involved with the charity. Both The Second Mile and Penn State have been embroiled in a national scandal the past two weeks, since the former Penn State coach and The Second Mile founder was accused of sexually abusing eight children over 15 years.
From the moment that Sandusky founded the charity in 1977, it was inextricably intertwined with Penn State football, a connection that fueled its growth into a nonprofit with about $9.5 million in assets and that served thousands of children across the state. Every summer, coaches and athletes with Penn State ties returned to State College and helped raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for The Second Mile. The relationship between Penn State and The Second Mile was said to be mutually beneficial. Penn State brought "star power" to Second Mile events. And Penn State students often volunteered with the nonprofit or did internships there.
"I can give you a rumor and I can give you something I think might happen. "I hear there's a rumor that there will be a more shocking development from the Second Mile Foundation -- and hold on to your stomachs, boys, this is gross, I will use the only language I can
-- that Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile were pimping out young boys to rich donors. That was being investigated by two prominent columnists even as I speak."
-- Pittsburgh radio host Mark Madden to John Dennis and Gerry Callahan on The Dennis and Callahan Show.
"The times when I found myself searching for maturity, I usually came up with insanity."
-- Accused molester Jerry Sandusky in his 2001 memoir titled "Touched," which now has a stomach-turning connotation.
In this April 25, 2008 file photograph, Renee Marks, from left, Second Mile founder Jerry Sandusky, and Don Marks arrive at The Second Mile's 19th Annual Art Auction at the Ramada Inn in State College, Pennsylvania.
Of the 35 people who served as members of The Second Mile’s state board in 2010, 25 studied at Penn State. Two serve as leaders of the university’s "For the Future" fundraising campaign. One is a member of the family whose name is on Penn State’s Schreyer Honors College. "Since it grew out of Centre County, many people who were Penn State alumni were exposed to it," said state Sen. Jake Corman, a Penn State graduate who joined The Second Mile board in 2010. "And the mission of helping children is a mission that a lot of people want to be involved with. The founder [Jerry Sandusky] was so well thought of by his former players that they wanted to come back and help," said Corman. He added: "That would help entice people to want to participate in the golf outing. . . . You’d also get a chance to play with an NFL star or a Penn State star." When it comes to Penn State, The Second Mile, and other prominent Centre County community members there’s typically fewer than six degrees of separation. Lance Shaner, who’s the chairman of a hotel business and an energy company, previously served on the state board of The Second Mile. When his son, Matt, ran for the state House of Representatives in 2006, former coach Joe Paterno spoke at a fundraiser that brought in $12,000 for the campaign. In 2010, Shaner was the Penn State Renaissance Fund honoree. The award is intended to honor a person or couple for a lifetime of service to Penn State and State College.
Those relationships have been dissected in recent weeks, as media outlets have reported that Leslie Dutchcot, the district judge who set the $100,000 bail for Sandusky, volunteered for and donated to the nonprofit, and that the chairman of The Second Mile board raised money for her campaign. That’s one reason Centre County President Judge David Grine asked that a judge from outside the county be appointed to preside over Sandusky’s preliminary hearing in December.
"I live a good part of my life in a make-believe world. I enjoyed pretending as a kid, and I love doing the same as an adult with these kids."
-- Accused molester Jerry Sandusky in his 2001 memoir titled "Touched," which now has a stomach-turning connotation.
The grand jury presentment suggested that Sandusky used the Second Mile as a way to prey on children and groom them for his alleged sexually deviant purposes. This is a tragic case of many people who failed to act on accusations or to recognize red flags. Since the story broke, the number of accusations has grown beyond the eight boys that Jerry Sandusky, 67, is charged with abusing. In the grand jury report, Sandusky -- like a petulant adolescent -- is said to have phoned Victim One more than 100 times in the months after the kid tried to break away. With all of these warning bells, it is astounding that he hid in plain sight for so long. One victim who bravely spoke out said Sandusky started his sex abuse in the late 1970s, right around the time he founded The Second Mile. You don’t need to be a sexual abuse expert to know that hugging kids in the shower is wrong. Just as you do not need a master’s degree to sense when a coach, priest or counselor seems overly involved with kids.
A long-time volunteer with the chapter recalled that in 2006, Sandusky and former head coach of Penn State football Joe Paterno had attended a banquet for the organization. That event was held four years after Paterno had been told about an alleged rape of a 10-year-old boy by Sandusky in the showers at Penn State's football department.
"Penn State Hillel is a dynamic and innovative Jewish student organization. Our mission is to enrich the lives of the 6,000 Jewish undergraduate and graduate students at Penn State so that they may enrich the Jewish people and the world."
-- Penn State Hillel mission statement.
Jack Raykovitz (pictured left) the CEO of The Second Mile for the past 28 years, who resigned on the same day of the Sandusky/NBC interview, allegedly knew about Sandusky’s inappropriate relations with underage children as early as 1998 (last year (2010) CEO Raykovitz earned $132,923.00 and his wife earned $100,580.00 from The Second Mile). Sandusky, who retired from Penn State in 1999, informed the charity's board in November 2008 that he was under investigation for child sexual abuse. One board member, who wished to remain anonymous, said he was told by the group's headquarters only that Sandusky was under investigation for child sexual abuse, and that he had denied the allegations. The board member said he was later outraged to learn that the investigation involved 40 counts of child molestation. The foundation could be facing serious legal issues if this is found to be true.
Posted: November 21, 2011 Updated: November 22, 2011 | 4:38 PM PST
Penn State: FBI!
Former FBI director Louis Freeh will lead the investigation into Pennsylvania State University's handling of child sexual-abuse allegations, the university's Special Committee of the Board of Trustees said Monday at a news conference in Philadelphia. Last month, the College Board, a nonprofit which administers SAT tests, hired Mr. Freeh to explore a security breach that allowed high-school students to fake their scores. Separately, the U.S. Senate has scheduled for Dec. 13, the first congressional hearing in the wake of the Penn State case. Pennsylvania Sen. Bob Casey requested a hearing by a panel of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee to examine how well the nation protects children from abuse and neglect.
Posted: November 18, 2011 | 5:10 PM PST Updated: November 19, 2011 | 2:02 PM PST
Penn State: Donor Bail!
Pennsylvania — The Second Mile "charity" was founded in 1977 by Jerry Sandusky (pictured left) who retired from Penn State in 1999. Sandusky, 67, was charged this month with molesting eight boys over a 15-year period in a scandal that rocked the Penn State campus in State College and brought down the university’s beloved head football coach, Joe Paterno. Authorities say some assaults happened on the campus and were reported to administrators but not to police.
Sandusky has said he is innocent. He has acknowledged he showered with boys but said he never molested them. Penn State’s board of trustees fired Paterno last week, saying he failed to act after a graduate assistant claimed he saw Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a campus locker room shower in 2002. Paterno, major college football’s winning-est coach, has conceded he should have done more. Sandusky set up The Second Mile for youngsters from broken homes and troubled backgrounds, building it into an organization that helped as many as 100,000 children a year through camps and fund-raisers. However, in the aftermath of the charges against him, questions have been raised about his role in the charity and whether its officials knew of the allegations against him before the release of a state grand jury report this month.
State prosecutors contend that running the charity gave Sandusky “access to hundreds of boys, many of whom were vulnerable due to their social situations.” The grand jury said that Penn State officials in 2002 told longtime leader Jack Raykovitz that there had been an issue with Sandusky and a minor. But the charity took no action against Sandusky because, it said last week, Penn State did not find any wrongdoing. Sandusky informed The Second Mile’s board in November 2008 that he was under investigation. The charity says it subsequently barred him from activities involving children.
The new president of a charity founded by Sandusky said Friday the organization is looking at three options for its future and may not close. David Woodle was named president of The Second Mile this week after Jack Raykovitz resigned, told media sources that the organization was exploring how it could stay open and keep serving children. “No decision has been made,” he told the source in a report posted on its website Friday after New York media sources reported that the charity was set to be closed down, its programs folded into other nonprofit organizations. “We aren’t protective of this organization that it survives at all costs,” he said.
Woodle was quoted by media sources earlier Friday as saying that the charity was “working hard to figure out how the programs can survive this event.” He told media sources that The Second Mile’s options include having the programs continue, transferring them to another charity and closing. “We hope (option No. 3) doesn’t happen,” Woodle told the source. “We’re only into this four days. We’re figuring out what’s viable.” Woodle did not reply to messages from another media source, and phone calls to several board members rang unanswered Friday night.
State Sen. Jake Corman, who has been on the charity’s board since last year, told media sources the organization is still studying its options. Lynne Abraham, a former Philadelphia district attorney hired by The Second Mile, said the damage to the charity might be irreparable. “If we can reconstitute ourselves ... will the public and donors have faith in us?” she said. “There are lots of kids in need. The need doesn’t go away if an organization closes. The need just goes someplace else.” This week, the charity said it would conduct an internal investigation to assess policies and make recommendations regarding future operations, with the aim of releasing findings by the end of December. Earlier this week, Gov. Tom Corbett withdrew a $3 million state grant to help The Second Mile expand its facilities. He said the organization had an admirable mission that helped many children and he hoped its programs could be continued in some fashion.
Posted: November 17, 2011 | 1:16 PM Updated: November 22, 2011 | 10:48 AM PST
Penn State: Warning Signs!
Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse horrors seem to multiply as time passes. In the latest twist revealed by media sources, the birth mother of one of Sandusky's adopted sons spoke out. She shared how she believes Sandusky (pictured left) led her son down a path of self-destruction. Debra Long, whose biological son Matt is now 33, says that when Matt was under Sandusky's care, he acted out in school, burned down a barn, and even attempted suicide. Matt claims he was never molested by the alleged child rapist.
However, it's pretty clear from Long's statements that she believed Matt was certainly troubled under Sandusky's care. Long says that she filed a complaint with the court and asked for her son's home life to be reviewed by the court. Long said she knew something wasn't right and naturally sought help from the law. Apparently, the probation department had some "serious concerns" about Matt's progress and safety in the Sandusky home, but nothing seemed to be done about it. The more you read about this case, the more you'll hear about reports being filed years ago that would make even the biggest Nittany Lion booster suspicious of Sandusky. However, it seems that no one really followed up.
Between Long's filing and the 1998 report from Victim #6, there were no criminal charges. Not one child welfare agency raised question, or investigation. To make matters worse, this is not the first time that these questions have been asked during this disturbing case. There seems to exist a whole array of ignored criminal complaints against Sandusky. It just seems like every day there's new evidence against not only the ex-Coach, but against the justice system that turned a blind eye back then. The most important thing is that now those same eyes are wide open in shame, shock and disbelief.
Posted: November 17, 2011 | 7:13 pm PST Updated: 11/18/2011 04:18 PM PST
Questions & Searches!
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – A top assistant to the prosecutor who reviewed the first known allegations of improper conduct by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky in 1998 said Thursday that a search of the office turned up no records explaining the decision not to bring charges against the coach at that time. Centre County First Assistant District Attorney Mark Smith said the search was completed last week after a state grand jury report disclosed that Penn State University police conducted a "lengthy" inquiry into allegations that Sandusky showered with and hugged a young boy, one of the eight victims listed in a state investigative report outlining the 40 criminal child sexual abuse charges against the long-revered coach. Smith said he was generally aware of the investigation at the time, but he said then-district attorney Ray Gricar alone reviewed the matter and decided not to bring criminal charges. Smith declined further comment.
The unsuccessful search continues to leave many unanswered questions about law enforcement's early handling of allegations against Sandusky, who is charged with abusing eight children. Those questions also have revived a separate mystery surrounding the 2005 disappearance of Gricar. The longtime district attorney has never been found after leaving his Bellefonte home to go for a drive. His car was recovered in Lewisburg shortly after he was reported missing. A damaged laptop owned by Gricar was found in the nearby Susquehanna River, and the computer's hard drive, recovered separately, yielded no clues to his disappearance. He was formally declared dead in July of this year.
Ray Gricar's (pictured left) review of the 1998 matter involved allegations first raised by the mother of a victim, estimated to be 7 or 8 years old at the time. According to the grand jury report, the mother confronted Sandusky after the child returned home with wet hair following an outing with the coach. With the consent of the mother, two university police detectives listened in on two conversations in which the mother questioned Sandusky about his contact with the child. Sandusky, according to the grand jury report, allegedly acknowledged showering with the boy and that "maybe" his genitals touched the boy. "I was wrong," Sandusky allegedly told the mother. "I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead." One of the detectives and the mother confirmed the account, according to the grand jury.
(This Dec. 28, 1999 file photo shows Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky being carried by players Rick Bolinsky (92) and Jason Wallace (88) after the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio, Texas. Sandusky, known for his charitable work helping at-risk children, is being investigated by a state grand jury on allegations he indecently assaulted a teenage boy.) In an interview Monday night with media sources, Sandusky said he was "innocent" of the charges, adding that he never had sexual contact with the children — all of whom were associated with a charity for at-risk kids that Sandusky founded known as The Second Mile. Sandusky acknowledged in the interview that he showered with some of the children after workouts, but claimed that his contact was only "horseplay" and not sexual. After Gricar's review, the grand jury report stated, then-university police Chief Thomas Harmon closed the investigation. Harmon could not be reached for comment. Penn State University spokeswoman Bekka Coakley said requests for police records of the 1998 incident have been passed on to university's police department.
Posted: Published: December 8, 2011 Updated: December 9, 2011 | 09:32 AM PST
Syracuse: Fine Justice!
NEW YORK (WCJB) -- A New York district attorney said Wednesday that despite credible allegations of sexual misconduct with minors, he cannot bring charges against Bernie Fine, a former assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University, because the statute of limitations has expired. Onondaga County, New York, District Attorney William Fitzpatrick offered a personal apology to Bobby Davis, who says he informed Syracuse police in 2002 that he was subjected to inappropriate sexual contact by Fine. Fitzpatrick said he was forced to get a subpoena to compel Syracuse police to hand over records related to the case. Fine, who served as an assistant basketball coach at Syracuse University for 35 years, was fired last month over the allegations that he sexually abused boys.
Police in Syracuse and Pittsburgh are investigating the allegations and looking for other potential victims, authorities have said. Federal authorities are investigating allegations made in one case. Federal agents searched the home and office of the former coach, looking for possible evidence of his alleged interactions with minors, according to unsealed court documents. Investigators were instructed to search for "pornographic materials, in any format, including digital or electronic form, that could have been used to sexually arouse or groom young males to engage in sex acts," according to documents signed by U.S. Magistrate Judge Andrew Baxter. The agents seized cell phones, iPads, computers, cameras and more than 100 CDs and DVDs, according to the search warrants, which were among the documents unsealed Monday. Fine's home was searched November 25, and his office November 29, according to the documents.
Posted: Published: December 1, 2011 Updated: December 4, 2011 | 08:12 AM PST
Syracuse: Fine Silence!
"We are being criticized for not going to the district attorney in 2005. Do I believe that we could have potentially done some things differently? Absolutely. In fact, our board has retained another outside law firm to review the initial work done by counsel and our response to it. We are a learning organization and, with 20/20 hindsight, everything can be improved. Why didn't we go to the DA? In our experience, the police and the DA are synonymous. We had no reason to believe differently in this case."
-- Syracuse University Chancellor, Nancy Cantor in a letter to media sources regarding the University's failure to report assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine to law enforcement officials.
(pictured left, Syracuse University Chancellor, Nancy Cantor)Syracuse, NY -- Bobby Davis sent an anonymous e-mail to Syracuse University in 2005 saying that the associate men’s basketball coach Bernie Fine had molested him. The university had its legal counsel start an investigation. The decision by Syracuse University and its counsel — Bond, Schoeneck & King — not to contact the Onondaga County district attorney’s office and the Syracuse police department during its four-month investigation of Assistant Coach Bernie Fine, has drawn criticism from experts who handle sexual abuse cases. An associate of the risk consultancy firm Granite Intelligence, who is a former assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, said it was “beyond egregious” that the university and the law firm did not consult with law enforcement.
The university and Bond, Schoeneck & King declined to comment on the situation, including questions on whether investigators who specialized in sexual abuse cases were used in the investigation. Syracuse has now given the findings of the 2005 investigation to the district attorney’s office, and the university’s board of trustees has retained an “independent” law firm to look into its initial handling of the case. Federal law enforcement is also involved. William Fitzpatrick, the Onondaga County district attorney, said nothing in the report indicated that any of the lawyers involved in the inquiry had “an expertise in investigating sexual abuse.”
“You would be hard pressed to say that the thing was investigated the way that it should have been in 2005,” Fitzpatrick said. “As we all know, the complaining witness had an audio tape that corroborated a lot of what he has to say. I find it unusual that the kid didn’t make it available. I didn’t see anything in the report indicating he was asked.” The university has said it was told by Davis that the police had informed him the statute of limitations had run out on the crimes he was alleging. The university’s internal investigation also did not reveal the existence of an audio recording that Davis, one of the three men who say they were abused by Fine, had already given to media sources. The tape is of a conversation in 2003 between Davis and Fine’s wife, Laurie, which includes her saying that her husband thought he was “above the law.” On the tape, she does not deny Davis’s intimations that Fine molested him.
Posted: 3:22 PM EST, Mon November 28, 2011 Updated: November 28, 2011 | 3:53 PM PST
Syracuse: Fine Recordings!
"Bernie has issues ... and you trusted somebody you shouldn't. It's just wrong and you were a kid. [Bernie] should "find (himself) a gay boy, get your rocks off."
-- Laurie Fine, wife of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine, in a recorded call between Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis, regarding her husband's sexual proclivities.
Syracuse, New York (WCJB) -- Syracuse University fired assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine (pictured above, center) from his job as an assistant men's basketball coach Sunday night. Fine was fired hours after the media sources reported on a phone conversation, which they said former Syracuse ball boy Bobby Davis had recorded between him and the coach's wife. The wife of former Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine will make a statement Tuesday challenging the implications of a tape recording of a 2002 telephone conversation with her husband's accuser that appears to show she knew of alleged sexual abuse of boys, her nephew said Monday. Davis, a former Syracuse ball boy who is now 39, told media sources earlier this month that Fine molested him "hundreds of times" over the course of 16 years, starting from when he was in the fifth or sixth grade.
In the tape, a woman that media sources, citing experts, identified as Laurie Fine said she knew "everything that went on" with her husband, adding that "he thinks he's above the law." "Bernie has issues ... and you trusted somebody you shouldn't," the woman said, speaking to Davis. The woman appears to acknowledge an inappropriate sexual relationship between Davis and Bernie Fine, saying, "It's just wrong and you were a kid." She also said that her husband should "find (himself) a gay boy, get your rocks off."
According to a transcript of the conversation on a media source's website, Davis and Laurie Fine talked about how Bernie Fine was angry at Davis for not repaying him $4,000. Davis said that the coach forced him to "grab him" after offering the loan, including at one point saying, "If you want this money, you'll stay right here." Davis' stepbrother Mike Lang, 45, has also accused Fine of sexual abuse. Lang told media sources earlier this month that Fine molested him "15 to 20 times," and confirmed the abuse to another media source in a phone interview Sunday. While he said that he often found himself "pushing (Fine's) hand away," Lang said that his stepbrother suffered much more than he did. He described Bernie Fine as "like a father figure" to both he and Bobby Davis, noting the two then-teenagers attended Bernie's wedding to Laurie 26 years ago.
In a statement announcing Fine's termination on Sunday, university officials said they were "shaken" by the allegations. Chancellor Nancy Cantor said the school did not know of the recording during a 2005 investigation of Davis' accusations. According to his official biography, which was taken down from Syracuse's website on Sunday night, Fine "has been a tremendous advocate for SU alumni who want to play professional basketball" and "an active member of the Syracuse community."