Though Jerry Sandusky was once known as a successful assistant football coach at Pennsylvania State University (Penn State), in more recent years he’s been widely known as a serial rapist and molester. While he was the coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions, he founded a nonprofit charity for underprivileged and at-risk youth. It was through this organization that he sexually abused more than 50 young boys from 1994 to 2009. You can see the full timeline here, but here are the biggest key points in the case:
Sandusky founds The Second Mile, established to be a “group foster home devoted to helping troubled boys. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
One victim meets Sandusky through The Second Mile; he would often spend Friday nights at Sandusky’s house. The victim says Sandusky would often touch him inappropriately during car rides or when they showered together after working out. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
A different victim tells his mother he showered with Sandusky, and that Sandusky hugged him several times. His mother calls the university police, triggering an investigation. Sandusky admits to hugging the boy, as well as others, in the shower. District Attorney Ray Gricar says there is not enough evidence to warrant criminal charges, and has the investigation closed. (burnel1 / Shutterstock.com)
Sandusky retires from Penn State football, but is still granted access to campus facilities.
A janitor reports seeing Sandusky in the shower with a young boy.
A graduate assistant reports seeing Sandusky in the shower with a young boy, sexually assaulting him. No report is made to the police or any child protection agency. Sandusky’s keys to the locker room are taken away. Sandusky is banned from bringing children onto the college campus, unless such a decision is approved by the university’s president.
The graduate assistant testifies before a grand jury. (burnel1 / Shutterstock.com)
Prosecutors accuse Sandusky of making inappropriate advances or sexually assaulting 8 boys from 1994 to 2009. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and University Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz are arraigned for lying to a grand jury and failing to report possible child abuse. (burnel1 / Shutterstock.com)
In an ongoing investigation, The New York Times discovers a possible 10 more victims. (Osugi / Shutterstock.com)
Sandusky is arrested and faces 52 charges of abuse against at least 10 boys. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Sandusky’s trial begins; prosecutor tells the jury that Sandusky is a “serial predator.” (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Sandusky is found guilty on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
68-year-old Sandusky sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Jeffrey Sandusky, son of Jerry Sandusky, sentenced to 3.5 to 6 years for pressuring an underage girl to send him nude photos, and asking the girl’s underage sister to perform a sex act. He pleaded guilty to 14 counts of child sexual abuse.