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(Top video) Miami Beach, FL · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- Watch as three men distract the store clerk and place card (reader) skimmer on ATM Point-of-Sale Machine.

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Wichita, Kansas ~ ( Originally Published: June 23, 2018 ~ Updated: July 9, 2018) -- (Photo) Former Wichita police officer Dexter Betts is charged with one count of aggravated battery in a shooting that wounded a 9-year-old girl on Dec. 30, 2017.
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"Golden [Guy] Killer Appears In Court!"
Sacramento, California ~ ( Originally Published: March 26, 2016 ~ Updated: July 4, 2018) -- The Golden State Killer, Joseph DeAngelo, is one of the most prolific predators in U.S. history. He sometimes invaded different houses on consecutive nights. Deangelo sometimes returned to the same neighborhood so often that the people who lived there slept in shifts. He terrorized the suburbs of Sacramento. Later on, he continued his murderous crime spree, near Los Angeles, hundreds of miles to the south. (See: Full Hearing!)
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin · (@Wilabee) ~ United States (WCJB) (Originally Published: May 23, 2018 ~ Updated: May 24, 2018) -- The video (Click here) shows an officer approaching Sterling Brown as he goes to get back into his car. The car was parked right in front of the Walgreens (the lot is essentially empty because it’s about 2 a.m.). Brown points out that he doesn’t see anything wrong with parking across two lanes since the lot is empty. The officer tells Brown to back away from him and calls for backup. When backup arrives, the officer (whose name was not released by MPD) says he “only wanted one [car for backup].” He claims that Brown got “right up in my face.” Several officers surround Brown. One angrily tells him to get his hand out of his pocket. When Brown points out that his hands are full, the officer wrenches Brown’s hand out, and a group of officers wrestle him to the ground and tase him. Brown can be heard groaning in anguish after an officer shouts “Taser! Taser! Taser!”

Parkland, FL {PUBLISHED: February 22, 2018 at 02:50 pm | UPDATED: February 23, 2018 at 02:45 pm} -- Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel announced Thursday that school resource officer, Deputy Scot Peterson turned in his retirement papers. Scot retired after being told he would be placed on leave without pay. Peterson was on the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School last week during the fatal school shooting.Peterson was armed and in uniform during the shooting. Israel said there was video showing Peterson's actions, but the video would not be released because the investigation is continuing. He said the video showed Peterson take up a position outside the building, but "he never went in."

New York, NY {PUBLISHED: March 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm | UPDATED: August 24, 2017 at 01:53 am} -- The New York health department alerted doctors to the case of a newborn who fell ill after undergoing the ultra-Orthodox Jewish practice in which the circumcision wound is cleaned by the Rabbi's mouth. The baby boy was rushed to hospital when he developed herpes following the controversial ancient circumcision ritual. A rash is said to have spread across the child’s genitals, buttocks, inner thighs and ankle two weeks after the procedure. An estimated 3,000 babies are circumcised each year using the method in New York City. NYC is home to the largest Jewish population outside Israel. There have been six cases of herpes among children who have had the ritual known as metzitzah b’peh performed on them since February 2015. Of the six previously undisclosed cases, two occurred last year and three in 2015. Herpes, a highly contagious viral disease which can cause blisters and ulcers. Herpes is more severe in newborn babies as their immune systems are not fully developed. Since 2000, there have been 24 cases of infant herpes linked to circumcision, leading to two deaths and two cases of brain damage.

(Published: Thurs., April 13, 2017) — On Monday, Nandi Cain Jr. had just gotten off work and was headed to his Sacramento apartment when he noticed an officer approaching from behind him with his hand on his gun, according to police accounts, videos of the event and local news reports. Cain put his hands up as the officer approached, but continued to walk away slowly. He asked the police officer the reason for the stop, then protested when he heard it: “You were jaywalking,” the officer said on the dash-cam video released by the police department this week. “I looked both ways,” Cain replied. “You’re harassing me. I just got off work. You’re trying to pull me over for nothing.” Click here for video

EL CENTRO, CA (WCJB) ~ United States The El Centro Police Department said it's investigating a video that shows officers using force on a suspect who put several people in danger Tuesday afternoon. The video shows officers beating 23-year-old Elizardo Saenz, an El Centro resident. It also shows a K-9 police dog attacking Saenz. (Click here for video)

Oakland, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- A sex scandal involving Oakland police officers and a then underage girl has all the makings of a TV thriller. The saga is full of twists and turns. The scandal erupted months after Officer Brendan O'Brien committed suicide. O'Brien left a note spilling the details, including names. Three Oakland officers were placed on paid leave. A source said O'Brien in his suicide note confessed to exchanging messages with a young woman who goes by the name Celeste Guap. However, the note says he did not have sexual contact with her. The same sources said she has met multiple officers. In the note, O'Brien named the officers, including one sergeant, involved in the alleged sexual misconduct with Guap. Guap is the daughter of a Oakland police dispatcher. The police investigation will look at whether Guap was under age during some of the encounters with officers. (Click here for video)

New Orleans, LA (WCJB) ~ United States -- On September 4, 2005, New Orleans police received a call from an officer at Danziger Bridge reporting gunfire. Several NOPD officers—including Sgt. Kenneth Bowen, Sgt. Robert Gisevius, Officer Anthony Villavaso, and Officer Robert Faulcon—arrived at the scene in a Budget rental truck. They proceeded to open fire with assault rifles and a shotgun on an unarmed family, the Bartholomews, who had been walking to a grocery store and were then sheltering behind a concrete barrier. 17-year-old James Brissette—a family friend—was killed, and four other people were wounded. The police shooters stated that while approaching the bridge, they had been fired on by civilians, and were forced to return fire. Homicide detective Arthur "Archie" Kaufman was made the lead investigator on the case. He was later found guilty of conspiring with the defendants to conceal evidence in order to make the shootings appear justified, including fabricating information for his official reports on the case. NOPD lieutenant Michael Lohman also encouraged the officers to "provide false stories about what had precipitated the shooting" and plant a firearm near the scene. (Click here for video)

Aiken, S.C. (WCJB) ~ United States -- A horrifying new dashcam video shows at least one white member of the Aiken, S.C. Police Department search inside a black man’s rectum for the apparent crime of being a passenger in a car with paper tags, which, it bears noting, is not a crime in the state of South Carolina. Driving a car with paper tags isn’t illegal either, as long as they aren’t expired. The car belonged to a woman named Lakeya Hicks, who had the paper tags because she had recently purchased the vehicle. Hicks’ tags weren’t expired, and a check on her license came up clean. However, the cops didn’t let her go. (Click here for video)

Brooklyn, NY (WCJB) ~ United States -- When an unmarked police car drove very close to mailman Glenn Grays in Brooklyn, Grays shouted at the car. Four plainclothes officers got out of the car and started to handcuff him. Grays initially tried to resist, and one of the officers said “Stop resisting! You’re going to get hurt if you don’t give me your fucking hands.” (Click here for video)

Fresno, CA (WCJB) ~ United States -- (Warning Graphic Video) Fresno Police shoot and kill mentally ill man within seconds of exiting their patrol vehicle! (Click here for video)

Royal Oaks, MI (WCJB) ~ United States -- Another case of police brutality in the city of Royal Oak. The man doesn't resist at all! The reason for his arrest remains unknown. It appears as if the officers wanted to rip a limb off of him! (Click here for video)

San Francisco, CA (WCJB) ~ United States (Feb. 29, 2016) -- Cops CAUGHT ON CAMERA brutally beating man. When they realize they've been FILMED they try to confiscate the camera and ID the guy recording them. WATCH the video and see how well that went for them. SPREAD THE WORD! THIS IS HOW YOU RESPOND when a VIOLENT COP tries to take your camera! CALL Internal Affairs Division, 415-837-7170 and ask them why their officers BEAT people and then ILLEGALLY try to confiscate evidence of Police Brutality? (Click here for video)
Chowchilla, CA ~ United States -- Tyler Hormel, arrested by Madera County Sheriff''s Office on Monday (Feb. 8, 2016) and accused of sexual misconduct with a minor, has been fired from the Chowchilla Police Force, and charged with sexual misconduct. (Click here for video)
Marion County, Florida ~ United States -- A federal grand jury in Tampa has indicted a former Florida sheriff’s deputy on charges of violating the civil rights of an unarmed Black man, who was brutally beaten after surrendering to him and other officers following a brief chase last year, reports Reuters. Former Marion County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Terrell, 33, is accused of using excessive force against Derrick Price during the incident in August 2014 that was captured on video, according to the indictment handed down late Tuesday. Four of Terrell’s former colleagues pleaded guilty to the charge after accepting a deal, according to media sources. (Click here for video)
Wake County, North Carolina ~ United States -- Shon Demetrius McClain died from blunt force trauma to the head and neck 13 days after prosecutors say he got into a fight with officer Markeith Council in Wake County, North Carolina.(Click here for video)
New York ~ United States -- Opening statements and testimony began this week in the long-awaited trial of New York City police officer Peter Liang for the killing of Akai Gurley, an unarmed 28-year-old African-American man walking down the stairs in his apartment building, part of the Louis H. Pink housing projects in the East New York section of Brooklyn. Jury selection in the case was completed last week. Gurley died more than 14 months ago, on November 20, 2014, as two cops were making a “vertical patrol,” checking the stairwells in the high-rise building. As Brooklyn Assistant District Attorney Marc Fliedner put it, opening the prosecution’s case, “Akai Gurley is dead today because he crossed paths with Peter Liang.” Liang was indicted by a Brooklyn grand jury on manslaughter and other charges last February, and both prosecution and defense agree on the immediate events that led to Gurley’s death.(Click here for video)
Oklahoma City, OK ~ United States -- Daniel Holtzclaw has officially been sentenced for the rape and sexual assault of 13 Black women in Oklahoma. Will serve the rest of his life behind bars. He was sentenced to 263 years in prison. Holtzclaw, 29, was convicted in December of 2015, on 18 of the 36 counts he had been facing — including four counts of first-degree rape. (Click here for video)

United States -- Police officers physically outmatched by a combative male, resort to taser use. (Click here for video)

Chicago, IL -- Surveillance video (Click here for video) in connection with a Chicago police officer's fatally shooting 17-year-old Cedrick Chatman was released today by attorneys for the teen's family. A federal judge ordered the release of footage showing the 2013 shooting today after the city withdrew its objection to its being made public. Chicago police officer Kevin Fry fatally shot Chatman Jan. 7, 2013, in broad daylight during a foot chase, according to court records. Chatman’s family had fought for the video to be released as part of a wrongful death lawsuit they filed over the shooting against the city, Fry and Chicago police officer Lou Toth, who pursued Chatman along with Fry during the foot chase. Family members have argued the video will counter the city and police’s narrative that the 17-year-old was a danger to police. IPRA concluded the officers' actions were justified because they reasonably believed Chatman was armed at the time.

Brooklyn, NY -- A newly-released surveillance video (Click here for video) contradicts an undercover NYPD police officer who arrested four people in Brooklyn for allegedly trying to rob him on Dec. 26, 2015, according to a defense lawyer. Jean Scott, 33; Peterson Duplan, 28; Ricardi Joseph, 29; and Samantha Dabel, 24, said that they were approached by a man who tried to buy drugs from them at a hardware store. The undercover cop was identified as Winston McDonald, who testified in court that Duplan allegedly flashed a switchblade at him outside of the store, and said, "Give me your money or I will stab you," according to court papers.

Forth Worth, TX -- The mother of ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch was ordered released from a Tarrant County jail cell after a bond hearing this afternoon. She may be leaving the jail soon. Judge Wayne Salvant ordered her bond reduced to $75,000 with several conditions. The conditions include weekly visits with the Community Supervisions and Corrections Department of Tarrant County. She is also not to consume alcoholic beverages or use social media. “Let’s look at it for what it is, I understand everyone is concerned and there is outrage in the community… but as a judge I have to look at the law,” said Judge Salvant. Couch and her lawyers were present at a 2 p.m. bond hearing at the Tarrant County Justice Center hoping to have her bond reduced. It was originally set at $1 million since she was charged with Hindering Apprehension of a Felon. (Click here for video)

Salt Lake City, Utah -- Exactly one year after a man was shot and killed during an altercation with a Salt Lake City Police Department officer, a former Davis County Sheriff says new video (Click here for video)footage indicates the officer's actions may not have been justified. James Barker, 42, was shot and killed January 8, 2015 after officer Matthew Taylor responded to a 911 call about a suspicious person and an altercation ensued, during which Barker appeared to strike the officer with a snow shovel.

Philadelphia, PA ~ USA -- Corrupt Justice™ has obtained a video (Click here for video) of the police shooting that took place Thursday night at 60th and Spruce streets. Edward Archer, a 30-year-old Delaware County man who has allegedly claimed an allegiance to ISIS, shot and wounded Officer Jesse Hartnett at 11:41 p.m. last night, city police said. Stunningly, Hartnett can be seen in the video getting out of his patrol car and chasing down the shooter after being ambushed. Officials say Hartnett is in critical but stable condition.

Miami, FL ~ USA -- A Florida jury began weighing on Tuesday whether a man who killed his wife and posted a photo of her blood-spattered, lifeless body on Facebook committed first-degree murder. Attorneys for Derek Medina, 33, argued that he was acting in self-defense when he fired eight shots at Jennifer Alfonso, 27, in the kitchen of their Miami-area residence. The August 2013 shooting followed a fight in which she had threatened to leave, prosecutors said during closing statements. They argued that Medina retrieved a .380-caliber pistol from his bedroom and pulled the trigger repeatedly in a premeditated act of murder. "Every single shot hit her because he was aiming and he wanted her dead," said Assistant State Attorney Leah Klein in Miami-Dade County circuit court. Medina wrote on Facebook shortly before turning himself in: "I'm going to prison or death sentence for killing my wife. My wife was punching me, and I am not going to stand any more with the abuse so I did what I did," he added in the post. (Click here for video)

Montgomery County, Pa. -- Bill Cosby, the comedian and entertainer once known as “America’s dad”, appeared in court (Click here for video) to face his first criminal charge for sexual misconduct on Wednesday, for an incident in which he allegedly drugged and violated a woman who considered him to be her mentor. In a hearing lasting less than 10 minutes, Judge Elizabeth McHugh read out the three second-degree felony charges of aggravated indecent assault. He did not appear visibly moved; when asked if he understood the charges, he replied simply: “Yes.” Bail was set at $1m, of which Cosby will have to pay 10% on Wednesday. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison for each charge.

San Diego, CA -- (WARNING, GRAPHIC) Police officials released surveillance video (Click here for video) Tuesday showing the fatal shooting of a homeless man who was believed to be carrying a knife — which turned out to be a pen.

Los Angeles, CA -- Sheriff Deputies accused Noel Aguilar of having a gun after they shot him in the back at point blank range multiple times. Deputy Albert Murade was shot in the stomach during the melee by his partner Deputy Jose Ruiz. (Click here for video)

GIFFORD, Fla. -- An Indian River County Sheriff’s deputy is in the hospital with a gunshot wound after he was involved in a shootout with an armed suspect.(Click here for video)

Denton, TX ~ USA -- Police dash camera video (Click here for video) appears to show a 21-year-old UNT student say "shoot me" several times and an officer say "back away" at least six times just seconds before the student was fatally wounded.

Lynwood, CA ~ USA -- A witness's graphic video (Click here for video) appears to show Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department deputies fatally shooting a man near a gas station in Lynwood. It was unclear what led to the incident, in which more than two dozen shots seemed to be fired. No deputies were injured. In accordance with protocol, a multi-agency investigation was underway.

Oklahoma City OK ~ USA -- A former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted Thursday of 18 of the 36 counts he faced, including four counts of first-degree rape, related to accusations that he victimized 13 women on his police beat in a minority, low-income neighborhood. Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, sobbed (Click here for video) as the verdict was read aloud. He could spend the rest of his life in prison based on the jury's recommendations, which include a 30-year sentence on each of the first-degree rape counts. Among the other charges he was convicted of were forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and second-degree rape. The jury, which deliberated for about 45 hours over four days, recommended he serve a total of 263 years in prison. The judge will decide later whether he will have to serve the sentences consecutively.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The Chicago police, facing almost daily protests and a newly announced Justice Department investigation, released footage (Click here for video) Monday night showing a 38-year-old black man being shocked by a Taser and dragged down a hallway by officers in 2012.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- The family of Ronald "Ronnieman" Johnson has ALWAYS said that he was brutally shot from behind by the Chicago Police. This new video (Click here for video) which was only released because of the public pressure on the city, shows they were right all along.

Chicago, Ill. ~ USA -- Reports, released by the city late Friday, show that Officer Jason Van Dyke and at least five other officers claim that the 17-year-old McDonald moved or turned threateningly toward officers, even though the video (Click here for video) of the October 2014 shooting shows McDonald walking away, and the scenario sketched out by Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez in charging Van Dyke with murder contends he was walking away as well.

Miami, Fla. ~ USA -- A shocking video (Click here for video) captured by a bystander was recently uploaded to Instagram and sent to us this morning. That footage shows a Miami, Florida man being shot and killed by Miami Beach Police officers.

San Francisco, CA ~ USA -- Shocking San Francisco Police Shooting Video (Click here for video). Five officers unleash a hail of gunfire on a man with a knife.

Michigan ~ USA -- The family of an unarmed teenager fatally shot by an Eaton County Sheriff Deputy sues after son slain during traffic stop for flashing brights. Bodycam video (Click here for video) shows Deven Guilford stopped for flashing his high beams. It ends with a dizzying tumble of images and the sound of gunshots that killed the young driver.

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Lackawanna County, Pa., USA (T.A.D.) -- Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, a Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been charged with molesting a teenage boy. According to a police criminal complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County, police said he was found in a car on a college campus with a 15-year-old who was wearing no pants.

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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.

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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.”

Daddy's Girl!

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.

Mt. Carmel!

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

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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.

A True Mensch!

Published: January 22, 2013 - Updated: January 26, 2013 09:49 PM PST

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.

A Lot of Nerve ...!

Published: December 13th, 2012 05:00 AM ET - Updated: December 23rd, 2012 06:33 AM PST

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.

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Guilty on 45 Counts!

Posted: 10:10 p.m. EDT, June 22, 2012 - Updated: 07:10 p.m. PDT, June 22, 2012

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.

Predator Visits!

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.

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Doesn't Get It!

Posted: January 26, 2012 - Updated: January 27, 2012 3:28 PM PST

"'I wish I knew!'"

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.

'We got a problem'!

Posted: Fri December 16, 2011 - Updated: Mon Dec 19, 2011 - 1:03pm PST
"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.
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McQueary (pictured left) testified that he told Paterno the next morning that he saw an incident that was extremely sexual in nature, but did not describe specifics or use the words "rape" or "anal sex." Paterno, he said, was shocked and saddened. "I told Paterno I saw Jerry with a young boy in the showers. It was way over the lines, extremely sexual in nature and I thought I needed to tell him," McQueary said. "You don't go to Coach Paterno and describe in detail those kinds of sexual acts. I wouldn't do that. I told him it was extremely sexual." McQueary was adamant that he told the same story, emphasizing that he witnessed something sexual, to Curley and Schultz when they had him come in for a meeting in the Bryce Jordan center the next day. "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," Paterno said. Curley (pictured left) in his deposition, said he did not think the incident constituted a crime worthy of calling the police, despite admitting to the grand jury that he knew Sandusky had been seen showering naked with a boy and inappropriately horsing around and wrestling with him. "I never reported it to University Police. I didn't think that it was a crime at the time," Curley testified. "I said it was an extremely sexual act, and I think it was intercourse," McQueary said. "I told them I heard slapping sounds, I did say that." Curley and Schultz told him they would look into the allegations, and then contacted him four or five days later to say they had put in place some restrictions on Sandusky's access to campus. McQueary said he believed he was talking to the head of campus police when he talked to Schultz, and therefore never contacted police on his own or suggested to the officials that they should contact police. McQueary said he was troubled when he saw Sandusky on campus after the incident. One of Sandusky's attorneys said that there was a simple explanation for why Sandusky would have been in a shower with the boy that night, and it was not sexual. "Some of these kids don't have basic hygiene skills, teaching a person to shower at the age of 12 or 14 sounds strange to some people, but people who work with troubled youth will tell you there are a lot of juvenile delinquents and people who are dependent who have to be taught basic life skills like how to put soap on their body," the attorney told media affiliates.
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The reactions by Paterno and Curley follow a pattern of lax responses by university and Second Mile officials to sex abuse allegations against Sandusky. McQueary, who witnessed the 2002 incident in the locker room, said that rather than physically stopping the assault, or even saying anything to Sandusky while he was in the shower with the boy, he merely slammed his locker and walked out of the building. Instead of calling the police, McQueary talked about it to his father and didn't call Paterno until the next day. Schultz (pictured left) the vice president of finance, was informed of two such allegations against Sandusky, once in 1998 and again in 2002, but did not think that he should investigate the claims further, according to testimony given today. John McQueary, Mike McQueary's father, testified that following the 2002 incident he spoke to Schultz during a routine business meeting, and Schultz said he was aware of multiple allegations against Sandusky but had not been able to do anything about it. "I was expecting something to be done," John McQueary testified today. "(Schultz said) 'John, there had been other allegations and we looked into them before and we have never been able to unearth or sink teeth into something that was substantial.' But I got the sense that he was going to investigate what Mike saw." The former head of university police, Thomas Harmon, testified that in 1998, a mother reported to campus police that Sandusky had hugged her son in the shower. Harmon notified Schultz and the district attorney, who launched an investigation. Harmon said he kept Schultz closely updated on the investigation until it was closed by the DA. He also said he was never told by Schultz of the 2002 incident, despite being head of campus police until 2005. University president Graham Spanier was notified of the 2002 incident by Schultz and Curley but also did not report the incident to police. Read the Grand Jury Presentment

Sandusky: Shower Scene Testimony!

Posted: Fri Dec 16, 2011 12:16pm PST - Updated:
"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.
Former Penn State star quarterback and now star witness Mike McQueary (pictured below, right) testified Friday that he told university officials he saw Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy in a locker-room shower in 2002, saying it was "extremely sexual in nature." McQueary said he met with Curley, then Penn State's athletic director, and Schultz, a university vice president who oversaw campus police, to inform them about the alleged incident about nine days after first alerting head coach Joe Paterno. Curley and Schultz are charged with lying about what McQueary described to them. McQueary was the first witness in a hearing Friday to decide if there's enough evidence to warrant putting Curley and Schultz on trial on charges of perjury and failing to report suspected child sexual abuse. Their fate may hinge on what McQueary, now 38, saw on March 1, 2002 -- as well as what he told others about it. McQueary testified Friday that he walked into a locker room and heard someone in the shower. He said he heard rhythmic, slapping sounds, like that of skin on skin. "I looked in the mirror and shockingly and surprisingly saw Jerry with a boy in the shower," McQueary told the court. He said Sandusky was behind the boy and the boy was up against a wall. He said he believes Sandusky was sexually molesting the boy but he did not see insertion and did not hear protests. He said he believes the two were engaged in intercourse but he cannot be sure. "They were as close as they could be," he said. McQueary said he looked away for a few moments, and when he took a closer look, the two were standing apart. "They had turned so their bodies were both facing me. ... They looked directly in my eyes," he said. "Seeing that they were separated, I thought it was best that I leave the locker room." He added that he felt "shocked" and "horrified" afterward. "I was not thinking straight," he said, adding that he was "sure (the incident) was over" when he left. But McQueary acknowledged he doesn't know what happened after leaving. He testified that he also never tried to find the boy. McQueary (pictured above, center-left) then a graduate assistant, said he called Paterno (pictured above, center-right) -- who was later fired in the wake of the scandal -- the morning after, telling him that he "saw Jerry with a young boy in the shower and it was extremely sexual in nature and I thought I needed to tell him about it." At Paterno's house the next day, sitting at his kitchen table, McQueary said he described what he saw and that he told Paterno that Sandusky was in a "sexual" act with the child and described it as "extremely sexual." In court he testified that he estimated the boy he saw was about 10 or 12 years old, caucasian and had wet hair, facing the wall. "I believe they were having some kind of intercourse," McQueary said as his mother sat in the courtroom on the verge of tears. McQueary said he moved toward the shower and Sandusky separated from the boy. "I know they saw me," he said. "They looked directly in my eye, both of them." McQueary said he then left. "I was distraught and horrified," he said. Graphic language contained in video
McQueary testified that the former head coach was "shocked" and "saddened" upon hearing the allegation. "He said, 'I need to think and tell some people about it.' " But McQueary didn't meet with university officials to explain what he saw until more than a week after first informing Paterno, he testified. Paterno also allegedly never tried to find the boy, said McQueary, who he added he can't be certain if he ever used the word "intercourse" when describing the alleged incident to the former head coach. But McQueary added, "There's no question in my mind that I conveyed to (university officials) that I saw Jerry with a boy in the shower and that it was severe sexual acts going on and that it was wrong and over the line." He further testified he did not alert police, saying that he instead told Curley (pictured above, right) Schultz (pictured above, center-left). "In my mind, that is the police," McQueary said. "I want to make that clear." When pressed about why he went to university officials and not police, McQueary said it was "because it was delicate in nature and I tried to use my best judgment." McQueary said Friday that Schultz never followed up with him but that neither Schultz or Curley told him not to talk to anyone. McQueary said he was left with the impression both men took his report seriously. When asked why he didn't go to police, he referenced Schultz's position as a vice president at the university who had overseen the campus police. "I thought I was talking to the head of the police, to be frank with you," he said. "In my mind it was like speaking to a (district attorney). It was someone who police reported to and would know what to do with it." "Joe Paterno did ask me … two or three months after that … if I was OK in relation to what I saw and if I was handling it OK," McQueary said. Curley testified to the grand jury that McQueary told him that he saw Sandusky "horsing around" with a child in the showers and that "they were playful," according the transcript of his grand jury testimony. Asked whether the activity involved anal intercourse, Curley told the grand jury: "Absolutely not." He said he didn't report it to police because he didn't believe it was a crime. Schultz told the grand jury, according to the transcript, that McQueary and Paterno related their concerns 'in a general way' that did not involve specific allegations. Schultz said he believed the incident had been referred to the state child protection authorities. Both administrators told the grand jury they did not attempt to find the boy involved in the 2002 incident. Schultz said there was 'no basis' to believe Sandusky was involved sexual activity with a child based on McQueary's account. McQueary's father, John McQueary, also testified and said he related to Schultz what his son had witnessed in the shower room involving Sandusky. He said he described Sandusky's behavior, as related by his son, as "sexual in nature … and that something should be done about it." "I told him enough that I feel like he got the picture," John McQueary told the courtroom. "I never used the word 'crime.' " Sandusky, 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. Regarding the 2002 incident in the showers, he has said that he and the boy were just "horsing around." Sandusky, who was Penn State's defensive coordinator when he retired in 1998, met his accusers through a youth charity he founded, the Second Mile. According to prosecutors, he would hug, tickle and wrestle with the boys before allegedly crossing the line and sexually abusing them. In November, the summary of a grand jury report was released contending that Sandusky sexually abused the boys in the basement of his home, hotel rooms, a high school wrestling room and -- based on McQueary's account -- the locker room for Penn State's football team. Former Penn State police chief Tom Harmon testified that he alerted Schultz to a 1998 investigation of abuse allegations involving Sandusky. Harmon said he spoke to Schultz four times during the course of that inquiry. Harmon eventually referred that investigation to the local district attorney, who did not pursue criminal charges. Harmon said Schultz never alerted him to the 2002 allegations.

Sandusky: Waives Preliminary!

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.
"We're ready to defend. We've always been ready to defend," Sandusky's attorney told reporters outside the Centre County Courthouse after the brief court hearing. "Today's waiver has nothing to do with conceding anything. There have been no plea negotiations. There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death. This is the fight of Jerry Sandusky's life." The former coach faces more than 50 counts related to allegations of sexual molestation revealed in a grand jury report last month. He is accused of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, among other charges. Sandusky also will waive a scheduled January 11 arraignment after entering a not guilty plea Tuesday and requesting a jury trial, his attorney said. It was unclear whether the plea applied to all of the charges or just some.

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