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-- April 16, 2011, Statement by New York City Police Officer Michael Daragjati, boasting of his false arrest of another African-American male.
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Posted: 30 DEC 2016 AT 23:01 ET ~ Updated: 30 DEC 2016 AT 23:56 PST
Philadelphia, PA -- William A. Spingler, 75, served as a Ward 3 Commissioner. However, he stepped down from his post in July 2015. He now works as a real estate agent. Police were called to a Philadelphia nursing home after two employees reported a sexual assault. The victim is a 103-year-old woman with dementia in a nursing home. They alleged Spingler inappropriately touched the woman’s breast by placing his hand under her blanket. Spingler allegedly stopped when employees noticed the alleged act. Spingler visited the victim again the following day. He allegedly once again put his hand under her blanket to “massage her chest area.” The employee who witnessed the alleged act told police: “his face turned red [when I caught him] and he immediately left the facility,” court records say. A third alleged incident was observed by another staff member time. When she confronted him he replied: “What?” He then left the building. Spingler was arraigned last week and released on $10,000 bail for three charges of indecent assault on a person with a mental disability. A warrant was issued on December 23, 2016 and Spingler was picked up that day.
Posted: Thursday, October 27, 2014 | Updated: 12:19 am pdt, Tues., Nov. 1, 2016
Pennsylvania -- Bill Cosby has now declared himself “legally blind.” Therefore, he claims he would be unable to identify his assault accusers. His attorneys argued in court documents filed in Pennsylvania on Thursday that: “No 79-year-old blind man could possibly defend himself against a claim that he sexually assaulted someone he supposedly met once, half a century ago.” The documents further state: “Without his eyesight, Mr. Cosby cannot even determine whether he has ever even seen some of his accusers, let alone develop defenses and gather exculpatory evidence.”
Media sources also reported that Cosby has registered with a state commission for the blind. He will provide a doctor’s report to the court at the pretrial, which is set to begin on Tuesday. The “Cosby Show” star faces three charges of felony indecent assault stemming from an alleged 2004 incident in which Andrea Constand claims that he drugged and violated her.
Media sources revealed in July that Cosby was “completely blind” and “in his own personal hell.”
Posted: Wednesday, October 01, 2014 | Updated: 02:39 am, Friday, October 03, 2014
Pennsylvania -- Kevin Harrigan, 26 (pictured above, center-left) Kathryn Knott, 24 (the daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief) and Philip Williams, 24 (pictured above, center-right) were arrested earlier this month for allegedly attacking two gay men in Center City. The defendants are all Bucks County residents. The three defendants are each charged with two counts of aggravated assault, simple assault and recklessly endangering another person; and one count each of criminal conspiracy. "This vicious attack shocked the entire country. An assault on people because of their sexual orientation has no place in Philadelphia," District Attorney Seth Williams said at the time of the defendants' arrests.
They will have a joint preliminary hearing on Dec. 16, a judge ruled Tuesday. They were excused from having to appear at the status hearing by agreement with the District Attorney's Office. Following that hearing, a judge will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.
Attorneys for Knott, of Southampton, and Harrigan, of Warrington, said their clients are not gay-bashers. Williams did not utter any homophobic slurs during the Sept. 11 incident near Rittenhouse Square, said his attorney. "Fortunately, my client will have a chance to present this case in a court of law instead of the court of public opinion," he told reporters. When asked if Williams had been struck or if he struck either of the two gay men, his attorney said: "We'll resolve that matter in a court of law."
The Attorney who represents Harrigan, said, "There certainly is another side to this case, there always is, and it's going to come to light." The initial news reports of the incident are not accurate, he suggested. "This was less of a mob attack and more of a confrontation between two groups of people. Words were exchanged and those words led to fists," the attorney said. An Attorney from Newtown, Bucks County, who represents Knott, could not be reached for comment. He was represented by an associate at the hearing.
The defendants were among a group of about 15 people who got into an argument with the gay couple on Chancellor Street near 16th. The couple, who has been together for six years, told investigators that Harrigan shouted the first gay slur, Williams attacked both of them and that Knott participated in the name calling and physical assault, a police source told media sources. Both gay men were briefly hospitalized, and one suffered severe facial injuries that required his jaw to be wired shut.
Posted: Tuesday, September 30, 2014 | Updated: 11:39 pm, Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The daughter of a Pennsylvania police chief, facing assault charges, was fired today from her hospital job after allegedly posting photos and information about patients that potentially violate privacy policies.
Lansdale Hospital-Abington Health told media sources,“Effective today, September 25, 2014, Kathryn Knott has been terminated from her employment at Abington Health.”
Knott, 24, had initially been suspended her because of charges stemming from her alleged involvement in an attack on two gay men in downtown Philadelphia.
Georgia (WCJB) -- Authorities have arrested 14 people they accuse of traveling with the intent to have sex with children, including a suburban Atlanta elementary school principal, according to CNN affiliates and school system officials.
"I was notified (Sunday) that Mt. Carmel Elementary School Principal John McGill was arrested this weekend and is under investigation," said Douglas County School Superintendent Gordon Pritz.
McGill has been suspended pending the state investigation, and the school system is cooperating with police, he said.
The principal was released on a $50,000 bond Tuesday and was told to have no contact with minors unless they were family members -- and those visits must be supervised -- and to not use the Internet for pornography, his attorney, Mac Pilgrim, said.
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation's sting targeted "persons who communicate with children on-line and then travel to meet them for the purpose of having sex," a news release said.
It continued, "Online child predators visit chat rooms and websites on the Internet, find children, begin conversations with them, introduce sexual content and arrange a meeting with the children for the purpose for having sex."
Before taking the job at Mt. Carmel, McGill was the principal at two other schools -- one in the Douglas County system, the other out of state, said county schools spokeswoman Karen Stroud. McGill has worked for the county since 2004, she said.
The principal was arrested Sunday and charged with electronic pornography and violation of the Child Exploitation Prevention Act of 1999, the GBI said. Pilgrim said his client's cell phone was confiscated as evidence when he was arrested.
Pilgrim said Monday he had spoken to McGill's wife, but not McGill, so he couldn't say how he intended to plead in the case.
The GBI says that McGill and 13 others were arrested over a four-day period as part of Operation Broken Heart, a sting involving 37 local, state and federal law enforcement agencies.
"The operation took months of planning. The arrestees, ranging in age from 21 to 64, traveled from all parts of northern Georgia with the intent to meet a child for sex. Some of their occupations included educator, engineer, laborer, salesman, business owner, software developer, and a musician," a GBI news release said.
Published: updated 8:18 AM EST, Wed December 4, 2013 - Updated: January 26, 2013 09:49 PM PST
Pennsylvania (WCJB) -- Pennsylvania authorities issued an arrest warrant this week for a high school field hockey coach accused of covering up the alleged rape of one of her players during a weekend athletic festival over the summer.
A 23-year-old man has been charged with rape in the case.
Court documents say Rafael Gomez-Echavarria of Reading raped a 16-year-old girl early on the morning of August 4 at a Best Western Hotel near Harrisburg.
The teen was in town attending the Keystone State Games with her family, but had been given permission to spend the night at the hotel with Alicia Colon, her field hockey coach at Kutztown Area High School, and two other girls for what was billed as a "girls night."
But it didn't stay that way for long, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The document says Colon, 25, went to nearby Elizabethtown to pick up three men, including Gomez-Echavarria, who spent the night in the room with Colon and the girls. The coach told police that the males had taken Ecstasy, and she admitted to smoking marijuana with them.
The alleged victim told police she slept on the floor because Colon and one of the men were "carrying on" in the bed in which she was supposed to sleep.
The girl said she woke up when one of the men, later identified by police as Gomez-Echavarria, began kissing her neck. She told police she had to tell him approximately five times to stop before he did.
The girl woke up again about two hours later when Gomez-Echavarria was touching her "private areas" and later forced her to have intercourse, according to court documents. She told police she didn't scream because she was afraid he would hurt her.
When the alleged sexual assault was over, Gomez-Echavarria instructed the girl not to say anything, telling her it was "our little secret," before he went to sleep.
It was then that the girl texted her coach, who was on a bed next to her. Colon didn't read the text message until later in the morning, the affidavit said.
This is when the alleged cover-up began, according to court documents.
Afraid of losing her job, Colon told the girl to "forget about the rape and it will go away," the police report said. The men had left the room at that point.
It's unclear how long the girl kept her secret, but her mother contacted the Lower Swatara Township Police Department on October 27 to report a rape.
Police interviewed Colon on November 7, according to court documents. She initially told police there was no attempt to cover anything up, but when told that authorities had her text messages, "her story changed."
"Alicia tried to cover up the rape in fear of losing her job," Detective Ryan Gartland wrote in the affidavit. "We confirmed this through text and Facebook messages."
Both Colon and Gomez-Echavarria were charged November 27 in district court -- each with multiple felonies and misdemeanors.
Colon's charges included hindering an investigation, destroying evidence, endangering children and the corruption of minors.
Among Gomez-Echavarria's charges are forcible rape, sexual assault, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor.
Officer Joseph Smith with the Lower Swatara Township Police Department told CNN Tuesday night that neither suspect had been arrested yet.
CNN's attempts to contact Colon and Gomez-Echavarria were unsuccessful.
Kutztown School Superintendent Kathy Metrick said Colon has been an assistant field hockey coach for two years. She is employed by the district only during the season, which this year began August 12 and ended October 14.
Published: January 22, 2013 - Updated: January 26, 2013 09:49 PM PST
A True Mensch!
New York -- An ultra-Orthodox Jewish counselor in New York was sentenced to 103 years in prison Tuesday for repeatedly sexually abusing a girl who was his patient over three years, according to wire reports.
Nechemya Weberman, 54 (pictured above-center) was convicted last month of sustained sex abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, among 59 counts, media sources reported in December. For decades, Weberman worked with families within Brooklyn's ultra-Orthodox Jewish community of 250,000, which is the largest outside Israel, according to the same media sources. He was an unlicensed therapist, according to another media source.
The female victim, who also belong to the Satmar Hasidic sect there, had been sent to Weberman with questions about her faith, and the girl testified that she was abused from age 12 to 15, a third media source reported.
At Tuesday's sentencing, the accuser, now 18, recounted the horrors of the abuse: "I clearly remember how I would look in the mirror," she said, according to the AP. "I saw a girl who didn't want to live in her own skin ... a girl whose innocence was shattered, ... a girl who couldn't sleep at night because the horrifying images of the recent gruesome invasions which had been done to her body kept replaying in her head."
While Weberman has not been charged in any other molestation case, the accuser noted she was also speaking for other victims who haven't come forward yet, the second media source reported. "This message should go out to all victims of sexual abuse: Your cries will be heard. Justice will be done. You should report," said Judge John Ingram, according to the same source.
After the sentencing, the victim's husband gave a similar message of support to victims of abusers, and he added that his wife "is relieved that the children in our community will be safe," the second media source reported.
Weberman's attorney said appeal was planned. "We look forward to the man being exonerated," he said, according to the same source. "We honestly and truly and fully believe this was a set-up." According to this source, the Hasidic community has a history of addressing sexual abuse accusations internally, which critics say sometimes involves intimidating or ignoring victims. The victim's husband said they were still receiving threats from members of their community.
Published: December 13th, 2012 05:00 AM ET - Updated: December 23rd, 2012 06:33 AM PST
A Lot of Nerve ...!
Pennsylvania -- The sorority members celebrated Halloween with a Mexican-themed party wearing sombreros and ponchos and pasted fake mustaches on their faces. They held signs that said: "Will mow lawn for weed + beer." Another sign said: "I don't cut grass. I smoke it."
Hispanic students make up 5% of the 45,351 undergraduate and graduate population on campus, according to the fall 2012 enrollment data.
Published: 9:45 AM EDT - 06/21/12 - Last updated: 12:11 AM PDT - 06/25/12
TOWN OF WALLKILL, NY — Local cops have charged an off-duty NYPD officer with engaging in sexual acts with a 16-year-old boy. Town of Wallkill police announced on Thursday that they had made the arrest of Officer Rosandre Burgher, 26 (pictured left) on Tuesday. Burgher, who lives in the Town of Wallkill, is assigned to the 46th Precinct in the Bronx. Burgher was charged with third-degree criminal sexual act, a felony; and first-degree unlawfully dealing with a child and endangering the welfare of a child, misdemeanors. He was arraigned and sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail or $35,000 bond. He bailed out of jail on Wednesday.
Wallkill police said they got a tip that Burgher “may have engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct.” Wallkill police, along with the Orange County District Attorney's Office and the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, investigated the claim. Police said Burgher had sexual contact with the 16-year-old boy “on various occasions” since February. The NYPD said Burgher has been suspended for 30 days without pay pending a Civil Service hearing, in keeping with state Civil Service Law.
Posted: 10:10 p.m. EDT, June 22, 2012 - Updated: 07:10 p.m. PDT, June 22, 2012
Guilty on 45 Counts!
BELLEFONTE, Centre County, PA – A jury on Friday convicted Jerry Sandusky of 45 counts of sexual abuse, believing the graphic testimony of young men over a defense team that tried to portray the former Penn State football coach as a caring man devoted to mentoring disadvantaged children. Sandusky, who helped bring national prominence to a football program run by the legendary Joe Paterno, was whisked out of court in handcuffs immediately after the verdict. When sentenced, he could spend the rest of his life in prison for abusing boys over 15 years, starting in 1994. Sandusky, 68, has been confined to his home under $250,000 bail since December.
Sandusky retired in 1999 from his position as defensive coordinator for Penn State, where he coached for more than three decades, helping earn the school a national reputation as “Linebacker U.”
The charges had a devastating impact on the university, with two former executives facing perjury charges for allegedly lying to the state grand jury that heard evidence against Sandusky.Paterno was fired and university President Graham Spanier forced out for their handling of a 2001 sexual abuse allegation against Sandusky, and the university has acknowledged that it and employees have received subpoenas from federal prosecutors.
Known nationally for his coaching and winning record under Paterno, Sandusky was also a local celebrity described in trial testimony as a saint for his work with at-risk children through The Second Mile, a charity he founded in 1977 and based in Centre County.
Sandusky and his wife Dottie adopted six children and were foster parents to several more, so allegations that Sandusky had taken advantage of the troubled boys about whom he professed to care deeply devastated the idyllic Centre County community where Penn State has its main campus.
During his seven-day trial in Centre County Court, prosecutors presented testimony from eight young men and other witnesses who described Sandusky touching, groping, bear hugging and forcing oral and anal sex on the boys.
The abuse, witnesses said, happened in a basement bedroom at Sandusky’s home near State College, Pa., in locker room showers on the Penn State campus, in hotels and on road trips with the Penn State football team.
The men, ranging in age from 18 to 28, testified they suffered in silence, some for more than a decade, because they were ashamed, scared and initially feared losing the father figure they found through their friendship with Sandusky.
One 25-year-old man, identified in court papers as Victim 3, said he felt abandoned by Sandusky when he was sent to live in a group home.
“I prayed that he would call me, find a way to get me out of there, adopt me or something,” the man said.
Each of the eight accusers who testified in court gave his name, but The Morning Call does not identify victims of sexual abuse.
In his closing argument, lead prosecutor Joseph E. McGettigan III told jurors he felt he had pieces of the 10 boys’ souls in his pocket, and asked jurors to acknowledge their loss.
“Give him the justice he really deserves. Find him guilty of everything,” McGettigan said.
Sandusky’s defense attorneys, Joe Amendola and Karl Rominger, worked to create the impression that his accusers are motivated by the potential to tap Penn State’s coffers through lawsuits and asked in cross-examinations why the men had hired civil lawyers, noting some made more serious allegations after they did.
“If he did this he should rot in jail,” Amendola said. “But what if he didn’t do these things? His life is destroyed.”
The defense team also cast doubt on the integrity of the state police investigation that led to charges against Sandusky.
In a move that appeared to catch prosecutors off guard, defense attorneys confronted a pair of state troopers who led the investigation with a recording in which one was heard to share details of other accusers’ statements with the 28-year-old man known as Victim 4.
Sandusky’s lawyers put a family friend of former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary on the witness stand to cast doubt on McQueary’s report about the night in 2001 he saw Sandusky in a locker room shower with a 10- to 12-year-old boy.
In two hours of testimony early in the trial, McQueary said he saw Sandusky with his genitals pressed against the boy’s rear end and had no doubt what he witnessed was sexual.
But Dr. Jonathan Dranov, summoned for advice after McQueary reported the scene to his father, said McQueary never mentioned a specific sexual act.
Sandusky’s wife Dottie also testified in his defense, telling jurors she never saw anything inappropriate between her husband and the boys who became like family in the years after Sandusky founded a charity for at-risk youth called The Second Mile.
Dottie Sandusky said she remembered fondly most of the boys who testified against her husband and rebutted points of their testimony. Notably, she told the jury that her home’s basement, where some of the abuse was alleged to have taken place, is not soundproof.
Sandusky was widely expected to testify in his own defense until Wednesday when his attorneys abruptly rested their case. Attorneys for Sandusky’s 33-year-old adopted son Matthew said he revealed to prosecutors in the midst of the trial that Sandusky had abused him and that he was prepared to testify for the prosecution.
Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2012 9:52 am PST
Harrisburg, PA -- Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (pictured above, center) plans to attend a memorial service for former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno (pictured left) at a church in Harrisburg. Corbett's office says the governor doesn't plan to make remarks at the Wednesday afternoon tribute, organized by Harrisburg-area alumni. The late coach's son Scott is scheduled to speak on behalf of the family, and former Penn State players are expected to attend. It's being held at the Cathedral Parish of Saint Patrick, a Roman Catholic church in downtown Harrisburg. Paterno died last month after a brief battle with lung cancer. He had been fired as coach in November following child-sex abuse charges filed against former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Thousands attended a public memorial for the 85-year-old coach at Penn State's Bryce Jordan Center following his burial.
Posted: 02/13/2012 - Updated: 02/14/2012 12:20:09 PM PST
Happy Valley, PA -- The former Penn State assistant football coach currently awaiting trial on child sex assault charges can visit with some of his grandchildren, a judge ruled Monday. The decision by Judge John Cleland eases some conditions of Jerry Sandusky's house arrest, which had forbidden contact with his 11 grandchildren. Sandusky (pictured left) has been under house arrest since December, when he was charged with sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Sandusky's attorney, said the former assistant coach and his family are happy about the ruling. "Jerry, Dottie, and their entire family are very relieved by and pleased with the court's decision," the attorney said in a written statement. Sandusky will be allowed to visit with eight of his grandchildren under parental supervision, Cleland ruled. But another judge in a custody case involving the other three grandchildren should decide whether Sandusky can visit with them, Cleland (pictured above, center) ruled. The mother of those children has strongly objected to them having contact with Sandusky.
State Attorney General Linda Kelly had blasted Sandusky's request to see his grandchildren, saying in a motion earlier this month that Sandusky was fortunate to be granted house arrest when "he is alleged to have committed 52 sexual offenses." Kelly also argued that Sandusky should be required to stay indoors during his house arrest because of fears among neighbors and teachers at a nearby elementary school. Cleland denied that request Monday, ruling that prosecutors did not present any evidence showing that Sandusky had tried to contact children at the school. The state "failed to present any evidence whatsoever that (Sandusky) presents a clearly defined threat to any student at the adjoining elementary school simply by being on his deck," Monday's the ruling says.
Cleland also ruled Monday that Sandusky would be allowed to have visits from adult friends and to leave his home for meetings with attorneys and private investigators aiding in his defense, provided that a probation coordinator approves. "Jerry is also happy he can now have visitation with long-time friends with the prior approval of the Probation Department and will be able to continue to use the deck to his home to exercise, care for and supervise his dog, Bo, when Bo is in the yard," his attorney said in his statement issued after Monday's ruling.
On Monday, the judge denied a prosecution request that jurors be selected from outside the county where the former coach is being prosecuted. Cleland has said he is aiming for a May 14 trial for Sandusky.
Tim Curley, Penn State's former athletic director, and Gary Schultz, a former university vice president who oversaw campus police, have been charged with perjury and failing to report an alleged 2002 sexual assault of a child. Both of them have pleaded not guilty.
The allegations against Sandusky led to the firing of Penn State's heralded head football coach Joe Paterno only months before he died of complications from lung cancer. On Monday an attorney requested that the perjury charge against Curley be dropped, arguing that Paterno's death means prosecutors no longer have a required second witness to support the charge.
Doesn't Get It!
Doesn't Get It!
Posted: January 26, 2012 - Updated: January 27, 2012 3:28 PM PST
Posted: January 14, 2012 5:22 PM EST - Updated: January 14, 2012 3:46 PM PST Happy Valley, PA -- Jerry Sandusky, 67, a longtime Penn State assistant football coach, has since been accused of more than 50 counts involving sexual acts with 10 boys since 1994. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges, while denying any sexual activity with his accusers. What Penn State officials knew about Sandusky and when is the subject of no fewer than five formal investigations. They range from state Attorney General Linda Kelly's criminal investigation of Sandusky, to an NCAA inquiry, to Penn State's in-house inquiry led by former FBI director Louis J. Freeh. The best-case scenario is that the institutional leaders were guilty of blindness, and an unfeeling self-absorption. The worst case is a criminal cover-up to protect a wealthy university's reputation. How Sandusky allegedly evaded detection by state child services, university administrators, teachers, parents, donors and Joe Paterno himself, remains an open question. "I wish I knew," Paterno said. "I don't know the answer to that. It's hard." Almost as difficult for Paterno to answer is the question of why, after receiving a report in 2002 that Sandusky had abused a boy in the shower of Penn State's Lasch Football Building, and forwarding it to his superiors, he didn't follow up more aggressively. On a Saturday morning in 2002, an upset young assistant coach named Mike McQueary knocked on Paterno's door to tell him he had witnessed a shocking scene in the Penn State football building showers. Until that moment, Paterno said, he had "no inkling" that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant. McQueary, sitting at Paterno's kitchen table, told him that he had been at the football building late the evening before when he heard noises coming from the shower. (Penn State University head football coach Joe Paterno leaves the team's football building on Nov. 8, 2011 in University Park, Penn.) "He was very upset and I said why, and he was very reluctant to get into it," Paterno said. "He told me what he saw, and I said, what? He said it, well, looked like inappropriate, or fondling, I'm not quite sure exactly how he put it. I said you did what you had to do. It's my job now to figure out what we want to do. So I sat around. It was a Saturday. Waited till Sunday because I wanted to make sure I knew what I was doing. And then I called my superiors and I said, 'Hey, we got a problem, I think. Would you guys look into it?' Cause I didn't know, you know. We never had, until that point, 58 years I think, I had never had to deal with something like that. And I didn't feel adequate." "I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was," he said. "So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn't work out that way." Paterno insists he was completely unaware of a 1998 police investigation into a report from a Second Mile mother that Sandusky had inappropriately touched her son in a shower. The inquiry ended when the local prosecutor declined to bring charges. "You know it wasn't like it was something everybody in the building knew about," Paterno said. "Nobody knew about it." Paterno declined to judge Sandusky, or his other Penn State colleagues. "I think we got to wait and see what happens," he said. "The courts are taking care of it, the legal system is taking care of it." Sandusky maintains his innocence. Former athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz face charges of perjury and failing to report suspected child abuse, based on their inaction. They have pleaded innocent. Though he is not charged with a crime, Penn State president Graham Spanier was fired on Nov. 9, along with Paterno. Paterno is accused of no wrongdoing, and in fact authorities have said he fulfilled his legal obligations by reporting to his superiors. Nevertheless, the university Board of Trustees summarily dismissed him with a late-night phone call four days after Sandusky's arrest. At about 10 p.m., Paterno and Sue were getting ready for bed when the doorbell rang. An assistant athletic director was at the door, and wordlessly handed Sue a slip of paper. There was nothing on it but the name of the vice chairman of trustees, John Surma, with a phone number. They stood frozen by the bedside in their nightclothes. Sue in a robe and Paterno in pajamas and a Penn State sweatshirt. Paterno dialed the number. Surma told Paterno, "In the best interests of the university, you are terminated." Paterno hung up and repeated the words to his wife. She grabbed the phone and redialed. "After 61 years he deserved better," she snapped. "He deserved better." The firing provoked a riot on campus that night.
"'I wish I knew!'"
Posted: Fri December 16, 2011 - Updated: Mon Dec 19, 2011 - 1:03pm PST
'We got a problem'!
"I didn't want to interfere with their weekends, (so) either Saturday or Monday, I talked to my boss, Tim Curley, by phone, saying, 'Hey we got a problem' and I explained the problem to him." -- Former Penn State Head Coach Joe Paterno in his grand jury testimony regarding his rationale for not contacting police after being informed of sex abuse allegations against Asst. Coach Jerry Sandusky.HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno (pictured above, center) was in no hurry to forward to authorities a witness' report of a sexual abuse of a young boy because he didn't want to "interfere with their weekends," according to a deposition read in court today. The man Paterno told about the abuse, former athletic director Tim Curley, testified in a deposition today that he didn't think it was a crime, so he didn't call the police. Their testimony was among a series of accounts by Penn State officials who displayed a remarkable lack of urgency after a boy was allegedly sexually assaulted in a Penn State locker room shower in 2002 by former coach Jerry Sandusky (pictured below, center). Magisterial District Judge William Wenner in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, on Friday, ruled that Athletic Director Timothy Curley and Gary Schultz, the former vice president, will face trial for perjury and failing to report that a member of the football program told them he saw Sandusky molesting a boy. “The task that was at hand yesterday was to present enough evidence to show the court that the charges should be held,” Senior Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo said after the ruling. “We’re not surprised by that.” Curley and Schultz, who remain free on $75,000 unsecured bail, denied the charges, which stem from their grand jury testimony. They face formal arraignment on Jan. 19, according to court records. They face as long as seven years in prison if convicted of perjury. In a hearing at Dauphin County District Court on Friday, Paterno's deposition was read in which he recounts being told by assistant coach Mike McQueary that he saw Sandusky fondling a boy. Paterno, who is 84 and battling cancer, did not appear in court. His deposition was entered into the record. "He (McQueary) had seen a person, an older person, fondling a young boy," Paterno testified. "I don't know what you would call it, but it was of a sexual nature. I didn't push Mike to describe it because he was already upset, but it was something inappropriate to a youngster."
"I thought that Jerry was molesting him, having intercourse with him. I didn't see insertion or hear protest. Jerry having some type of intercourse with him, that's what I believe I saw. I heard rhythmic slapping sounds, two or three slapping sounds, like skin on skin. I looked into the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry in the shower with a young boy, with Jerry behind the boy. The boy was up against the wall, his hands up, Jerry behind him in a close position, with his hands wrapped around the boy. I thought to myself this is a sexual position." -- December 16, 2011, Former Penn State Asst. Coach Mike McQueary in his preliminary hearing testimony describing what he believed to be sex abuse by ex-Asst. Coach Jerry Sandusky against a child in the Penn State Showers.
Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:16pm PST - Updated:
Sandusky: Shower Scene Testimony!
"I looked in the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry with a boy in the shower." -- December 16, 2011, Court testimony by Former Penn State star quarterback and now star witness Mike McQueary regarding his witnessing Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the Penn State Locker room showers.Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (WCJB) -- District Judge William Wenner ruled that prosecutors had probable cause to send the case against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz to trial. Wenner heard testimony against Curley and Schultz on charges they lied to a grand jury and didn't properly report an allegation that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy in a locker room shower in 2002. Their lawyers maintain the men are innocent, and contest testimony that they were told about the seriousness of the matter. Former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz, left, and former athletic director Tim Curley are charged with perjury and failing to properly report suspected child abuse. The hearing Friday centered on two hours of testimony by Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary who said he believes he saw Sandusky molesting a boy and that he fully conveyed what he had seen to former athletic director Curley and former senior vice president Schultz.
Posted: Tues Dec 13, 2011 9:38am PST - Updated: Bellefonte, Pennsylvania (WCJB) -- Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky (pictured above, center) who is accused of sexually abusing boys, remains "totally prepared and committed to proving his innocence" after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing Tuesday, his attorney said. The purpose of a preliminary hearing is to allow the presiding judge the opportunity to decide whether the prosecution has enough evidence to take the case to trial. Mr. Sandusky, 67 years old, has denied all of the charges against him and entered a not-guilty plea Tuesday. The developments mean the case is set to go to trial unless there is a plea agreement. Prosecutors had prepared to put 11 witnesses on the stand Tuesday, including some of the young men who accuse Sandusky of sexually abusing them while they were children and teenagers.
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Movie Intermission! Fairman Interrogation (2002)
Description: Shaun Fairman, of Washington Township, showed up at the house just after midnight, armed with a 30.06 caliber rifle and a .45 caliber handgun, and exchanged words with Dick Shotts, who had been sleeping on a couch in the living room. At the same time, others in the house phoned 911 for help, according to state Trooper Shawn Compton of the Punxsutawney station. Jessica Fairman was telling the dispatcher about the restraining order she had taken out against her husband, and a 911 dispatcher heard another voice reporting Shaun Fairman was trying to break in.