Penn State Scandal
By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Just six months ago, he left his high-profile job as Philadelphia's first assistant district attorney because of rumored differences with D.A. Seth Williams.
But on Wednesday, Joseph E. McGettigan returned to the spotlight - in State College, as a state deputy attorney general and the newest member of the prosecution team pursuing Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State assistant football coach and accused pedophile.
Those who know McGettigan say it's not surprising the peripatetic prosecutor should wind up far from Philadelphia, in the midst of the next "trial of the century."
State Attorney General Linda Kelly's office declined to discuss his hiring. Spokesman Nils Hagen-Frederiksen wrote in an e-mail: "We have a team of experienced prosecutors working on the . . . case. The attorney general will address the roles of specific attorneys next week."
Fortunato N. "Fred" Perri Jr., a Center City criminal defense lawyer who worked with McGettigan as a city prosecutor and against him in private practice, ranked him "among the top prosecutors in the state."
"If Sandusky wasn't in enough trouble, he's got a much bigger headache now with Joe McGettigan," Perri said.Read more...
By IVEY DEJESUS, The Patriot-News
Child Line, the state-run hotline for reporting suspected child abuse on average receives about 2,300 calls a week. In the wake of the charges of child sexual abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the number of calls to the hotline doubled.
Between Nov. 7 and 11, the days immediately following the initial Sandusky arrest, Child Line received 4,832 calls of suspected physical, mental or sexual child abuse.
The following week, Nov. 14-18, the hotline logged 2,866 calls.
Students gather for a candle light vigil held in front of Old Main on the campus of Penn State University to honor the victims of sexual abuse in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal. State College , Pa.11/09/2011 SEAN SIMMERS, THE PATRIOT-NEWS
Penn State candlelight vigil gallery (6 photos)
The dramatic events that have toppled the biggest names at Penn State, including legendary coach Joe Paterno, have thrust the issue of child sexual abuse front and center and have led to an increase in the reporting of suspected abuse and actual abuse.
"It's more of a guess than anything but when you have a high profile case such as the one that happened in Penn State. It got national attention. Our guess is that that increases awareness," said Carey Miller, a spokeswoman for the state Department of Welfare, which runs Child Line. "It's in the front of their mind. If they happen to see something that they might question as suspected abuse they are going to call it in."
Officials at the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape say calls to its 51 rape crisis centers hotlines have spiked in the past month.
"Clearly this case has made a lot more people in the state say I need to learn more about this topic and I need to know what to look for," said PCAR spokeswoman Kristen Houser.
A significant volume of the calls were made by mandated reporters seeking information on prevention, education and resources, Houser said.Read more...
By Jeremy Roebuck and Amy Worden, Inquirer Staff Writers
HARRISBURG - Mike McQueary was unequivocal: When he stumbled upon former Pennsylvania State University defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and a naked boy in a university shower nine years ago, he witnessed something "way over the line and extremely sexual in nature."
And that, the assistant Penn State football coach testified before a Dauphin County judge Friday, was what he told two university officials - athletic director Tim Curley and then-vice president Gary Schultz - when they questioned him about the 2002 incident.
"There's no question in my mind that I conveyed to them that I saw Jerry with a boy in the showers and that there were severe sexual acts going on," McQueary testified in his first public statements since Sandusky's arrest last month.
State prosecutors allege Curley and Schultz later lied to a grand jury about what they were told by McQueary, saying he had described a much milder tale of horseplay.
District Judge William C. Wenner ruled Friday that enough evidence existed to move their case to trial on the charges of perjury and failing to report what they learned to authorities.
Attorneys for Curley and Schultz said McQueary never told their clients the full extent of what he claimed to have seen on that March night.
"Had he heard from Mike McQueary that this boy in the shower was being sexually sodomized or anally raped, he would have remembered that and done something about it," said Curley's attorney, Caroline Roberto.Read more...
MARYCLAIRE DALE and MARK SCOLFORO
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that he believes he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky sexually molesting a boy but said he wasn't 100 percent sure it was intercourse.
Mike McQueary, speaking for the first time in public about the 2002 encounter, said he truly believes what he saw in a Penn State locker room was intercourse.
McQueary took the stand Friday in a Pennsylvania courtroom during a preliminary hearing for two school officials accused of lying to a grand jury about the child sex-abuse allegations against Sandusky.
McQueary said he saw Sandusky was behind a boy he estimated to be 10 or 12 years old, with his hands wrapped around the boy's waist. He said the boy was facing a wall, with his hands on it.
He said he peeked into the shower several times and that the last time he looked in, Sandusky and the boy had separated. He said he didn't say anything, but "I know they saw me. They looked directly in my eye, both of them."
McQueary said he reported what he saw to coach Joe Paterno.
He said he did not give Paterno explicit details of what he believed he'd seen, saying he wouldn't have used terms like sodomy or anal intercourse out of respect for the longtime coach.
He said Paterno told him he'd "done the right thing" by reporting what he saw. The head coach appeared shocked and saddened and slumped back in his chair, McQueary said.Read more...
MARYCLAIRE DALE and MARK SCOLFORO
HARRISBURG, Pa. - A Penn State assistant football coach testified Friday that he believes he saw former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky molesting a boy on campus and that he fully conveyed what he had seen to two Penn State administrators.
Mike McQueary, speaking for the first time in public about the 2002 encounter in a Penn State locker room, said he believes that Sandusky was attacking the child with his hands around the boy's waist but said he wasn't 100 percent sure it was intercourse.
McQueary took the stand Friday morning in a Pennsylvania courtroom during a preliminary hearing for university officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, who are accused of lying to a grand jury about what McQueary told them.
District Judge William C. Wenner was hearing testimony Friday to help him decide whether prosecutors have enough evidence against the pair to send their cases to trial. The hearing was expected to last most of the day.
McQueary's story is central to the case against Curley and Schultz. They testified to the grand jury that McQueary never relayed the seriousness of what he saw. The officials, and Penn State coach Joe Paterno, have been criticized for never telling police about the 2002 allegation. Prosecutors say Sandusky continued to abuse boys for six more years.Read more...
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