Penn State scandal: Judge had ties to Jerry Sandusky charity
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Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett said Sunday that he expected more victims to surface in the child sex abuse scandal that has rocked Penn State, and he spoke of the need for a new state law requiring that abuse allegations be made to government authorities.
Meanwhile, a news outlet reported that the judge who granted unsecured bail for alleged molester Jerry Sandusky is a volunteer for Sandusky’s charity.
Deadspin said: Although ‘prosecutors requested $500,000 bail and that Sandusky be required to wear a leg monitor,’ Judge Leslie Dutchcot ordered Sandusky freed on $100,000 unsecured bail. She ordered that he ‘pay nothing unless he failed to show up for a court hearing.’
Newsman Keith Olbermann, among others, tweeted his outrage at the report: ‘Beyond belief: Judge who set unsecured bail for #PennState figure Sandusky is a volunteer for Sandusky’s charity.’
Judge Dutchcot’s attorney profile with Goodall & Yurchak lists her volunteer work with the Second Mile charity.
The scope of the scandal has continued to expand since Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 with the sexual assault of eight boys from 1994 to 2009: Football coach Joe Paterno was ousted; Penn State students rioted; Moody’s Investors Service on Friday said it might downgrade the university’s credit rating; and now multiple news outlets are reporting that alleged victims of Sandusky are preparing lawsuits against Penn State officials, including Paterno.
On Sunday, Pennsylvania’s governor addressed the scandal in talk show interviews.
On ‘Meet the Press,’ he was asked why assistant coach Mike McQueary and his father weren’t being charged with a crime. Corbett said he believed that McQueary -- who said he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the showers of the football office building -- had met the ‘minimum obligation’ when he reported what he saw to his father and then, the next day, to Joe Paterno.
But, Corbett said, McQueary didn’t meet ‘a moral obligation that all of us would have.’
Corbett said more allegations of abuse by Sandusky would probably be forthcoming and that a new law was needed to ensure that reports of alleged sexual abuse were made to government authorities.
‘Should the law be changed? Absolutely,’ Corbett said.
On ‘Fox News Sunday,’ he stood behind the decision to fire Paterno and school President Graham B. Spanier, saying Penn State’s Board of Trustees had ‘lost confidence in their ability to lead.’
-- Amy Hubbard