Penn State, Football Program Rocked by Sex Scandal

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The Penn State athletic department is facing serious charges of covering up sexual abuse, following an indictment of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on 40 counts, including inappropriate touching and statutory rape.

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Sandusky, who retired in 1999, is accused of abusing eight boys over a 15-year period; while athletic director Timothy Curley and Vice President of Business and Finance Gary Schultz resigned from the university last night and have been charged with perjury and failure to report Sandusky's behavior to police.

The latter two face seven years in prison if convicted. Sandusky faces life behind bars.

Iconic football coach Joe Paterno - who holds the record for most wins in the history of Division I - says an assistant coach told him of an incident between Sandusky and a young male in 2002. He passed that information along to Curley.

"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters," Paterno said in a statement. "While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can’t help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.

"I understand that people are upset and angry, but let's be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."

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I found (from an INCREDIBLY unlikely source) a well composed and well researched blog post that essentially outlines the link between homophobic organizations in which adults have "ultimate authority" over children and pedophilia. I think if more people understood the reality that pedophilia is incur able, dangerous, and facilitated by these organizations, more of them would come under scrutiny. Click here to read it for yourself http://bit.ly/tNvUjh .

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I read this and all I understand is that Paterno might not have forwarded some information bout the other guy. But he did. So what does Paterno have to do with the sexual abuse. I think the press is very confusing with its information, when they should be more articulate! Strange that the press is always so exact with lies on some people, but when it gets down to serious business, the press is a joke and one cannot rely on them at all. After this article, I can only say that Ashton was right! Why is he then being booed at all these days? Dear press, please get your act together, otherwise u might have a problem in the future. This is a scandal, and I will not let it pass just as if it was a little mistake. u tell us who is to blame, or u will loose a lot of money making innocent people bleed.

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Why does Joe Paterno have to step down because of this scandal? What, did the school need more scape goats?

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I guess if you go to Penn State you will be touched as if you are in the Penn State prison. I thought about that all by myself. I crack myself up.No for real it is sad that these players just wanted to play and instead got played with.... i'm sorry, i'm sorry. In all honesty I am sorry this is not joking matter. I think Law & Order SVU did a story similar to this except they made the foodball coach a basketball coach.

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you n everybody should have done more its so sad for the young have to put up with coz nobody cares nobody hears there crys for help that suffer in silnce