Sandusky remained a presence around Penn State last week
Embattled former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky continued to be a presence around the Penn State football program up to his arrest Saturday on child molestation charges, including working out multiple times in the team’s weight room just last week, according to multiple sources within the football program.
The sources, who asked to remain unnamed due to the nature of the scandal, said they saw Sandusky working out in the Lasch Football Building last week.
Penn State said it banned Sandusky from bringing children to the football building after a then graduate assistant reported he saw the then 59-year-old coach and a 10-year-old boy in the shower of the football team’s locker room.
The graduate assistant, identified by the Harrisburg Patriot-News as current Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, told coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz about the incident, although the level of detail may not have been consistent.
Curley and Schultz did not call police, as the state attorney general says was required by Pennsylvania law. Instead they chose to engage a partial ban of Sandusky from university facilities, although that apparently did not include full access to the school’s weight room. The decision was reviewed and approved by university president Graham Spanier.
Sandusky, 67, was charged by a state grand jury with myriad counts of deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and other offenses after a three-year state police investigation.
Curley and Schultz were also charged with failure to report the abuse of a child and perjury.
Curley has asked to be placed on administrative leave. Schultz has retired. Both turned themselves into authorities Monday in Harrisburg.
“Despite this so-called ‘ban’ which was reviewed and approved by University President Graham Spanier without any further inquiry on his part, there was no effective change in Sandusky’s status with the school and no limits on his access to campus,” attorney general Linda Kelly said in a statement.