The Nittany Nightmare: Paterno Fired- Sandusky’s Recorded Sting With Victims Mother Went Missing With Prosecutor Ray Gricar In 2005
WE ARE.. PENN STATE
The thorn in the paw in the largest criminal scandal in recent NCAA history, feels more like a railroad spike today.
The winningest collegiate coach in American history got sacked yesterday in his 46th year.
The iconic former Penn State University head football coach leaves his legacy shamed by the alleged sexual assaults by Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator of 23 years, on his watch.
Graham Spanier, president of PSU was also fired.
According to the Pennsylvania Attorney General, Paterno is not facing criminal charges, no word yet on Spanier.
Charged in the scandal to date are:
Gerald “Jerry” Sandusky- 40 counts of felony child sexual abuse, released on $100,000 bond
Tim Curley- PSU Athletic Director and 1976 alumni- charged with perjury and failure to report
Gary Schultz- PSU Senior VP of finance and Business charged with perjury and failure to report
Not charged, but in my opinion, should absolutely be under moral indictment:
Mike McQueary- Current PSU recruiting coordinator and wide receiver coach who witnessed the sodomy of a child by Sandusky as a 28 year old grad student. He ran home and called his daddy instead of police,leaving the child in the clutches of that monster.
(UPDATE 3:37PM The PSU Board does not plan to fire McQueary, but want him off the field although interim coach Bradley says he will be on the sideline. Are you people nuts? I really think the players have enough concerns without wondering if some radical will rush the sidelines to get at McQueary. Not worth the security breach.)
Yes, that is correct, he witnessed the act in progress of the rape of a child and did nothing to stop it.
Earlier in the week, Jopa announced through a prepared statement that he would be retiring at the end of the season after 46 years at the helm of the Nittany Lions Division 1 dynasty.
While PSU alumnus roars turned into wails for the past week, it appears this nittany nightmare is just the beginning of the story.
The sexual assault of a 10 year old boy by Sandusky in the shower of the Lasch Football Building during Spring Break 2002, witnessed by a graduate student was never reported to Ray Gricar , Center County Prosecutor on the record.
But was he made aware of it under the radar?
Anthony DeBouf, a district attorney working under Gricar, says Gricar reviewed evidence and files privately and did not share any of the information with him, in 1998.
You read that correctly, in 1998, when the first alleged incident of Sandusky in the field house shower with a young boy was reported to University Police and the Centre County DA’s office.
According to Graham Spanier, recently fired PSU president, an investigation was completed by a “child protective agency” and University Police with the blessing of then PSU counsel Wendell Courtney.
Courtney was and is still an attorney of record for Second Mile.
Spanier said he thought the director of Second Mile, the grass roots charitable effort founded by Sandusky, was alerted through those efforts.
In 1999 Sandusky was offered and accepted an Emeritus status retirement package from PSU where he held full campus access privileges and an office in the very building of the alleged 1998 and 2002 incidents.
The 4th victim named in the indictment against Schultz, Curley and Sandusky claims that decision by Sandusky was precipitated by a private meeting between he and Paterno.
Sandusky was bitterly upset after a meeting with Joe Paterno in which he was told by JOPA he would never be his replacement as head coach, and that he should retire.
Tony Gricar, Ray Gricar’s nephew, has since revealed that Ray participated in a sting with police where Sandusky admitted showering with a boy whose mother called University Police when Sandusky dropped her son off with wet hair and asked for forgiveness from the family, with the entire meeting surreptitiously recorded.
Gricar viewed police reports and two recorded conversations that Sandusky had with the juvenile victims mother and for reasons that have never been made public, elected not to file charges in the incident.
Approximately 6 weeks later, the case was closed without enough evidence to prosecute. It is believed the victim had decided to refuse to testify against Sandusky and his Mother believed he would be persecuted in efforts to protect Sandusky and the elite PSU football program.
According to then University Police detectives Ronald Shreffler and Ralph Ralston, following a meeting with Jerry Lauro, investigator with the PA Dept of Public Welfare, while the behavior was certainly inappropriate, neither victim made allegations of sexual contact rising to the level of criminal activity.
Gricar had nothing to work with.
So.. Was this the case Ray Gricar saw as “the one that got away” he wanted to pursue prior to his retirement?
Sandusky remained with Second Mile, in some cases recruiting it’s board members through last year.
Sandusky founded the Second Mile charity in 1977, a foster and group home environment for disadvantaged boys in various underprivileged social circumstances. It is believed this was where Sandusky began the lure to prey on his child victims. Sandusky retired from Second Mile in 2010, while the grand jury investigation into his victimization of young boys got underway.
The current honorary board of Second Mile reads like the who’s who of ESPN including Andy Ried, head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, Matt Millen, ESPN sports analyst, Lou Holtz former head coach of Notre Dame University and yes, “Marky Mark” Wahlberg.
Only yesterday did I realize I was on their advisory board. I have had no contact or correspondence with Second Mile or Jerry Sandusky since 2009 with the exception of thank you notes for one of their most successful events.
If the allegations are true, I, like the many good people who support Second Mile, am upset over being misled. However, the pain and sadness I feel for the abused children fills me with rage and anyone who enabled this to happen should be punished to the fullest extent of the law.
The development of charitable organizations as a means to not only groom victims but to take advantage of government funding and tax breaks for the privilege came under extreme scrutiny in the late 1970′s with the discovery of Brother Paul’s Children’s Mission on North Fox Island among other organizations. It is not known if the charitable practices of Second Mile are under investigation at this time.
Second Mile posted a statement on their site, claiming Sandusky has had no interaction with them since he alerted them to an investigation involving a boy in 2008. Someone should have them review their annual report and the Sandusky society named after his parents that he and wife Dottie continue to donate to.
Every one of Sandusky’s alleged victims, were “Second Mile” children as far back as 1994. One of the victims, was contacted by phone prior to his appearance before the grand jury by Sandusky, his wife, and a family friend leaving the message they needed to talk to him regarding an “important matter”.
Victim 7 did not return the call, but this editor would seriously like to know the intent of the call from Mrs. Sandusky, who has not been charged with any crime.
In several alleged incidents, and 8 victims named in the indictment against Sandusky, the only person to ever call police to report him was the mother of a victim whose incident was found to be unchargeable under the law, in 1998.
Ray Frank Gricar
A dedicated and successful prosecutor on the cusp of enjoying retirement, Ray Gricar disappeared from an impromptu trip to “clear his head” on April 15, 2005. Gricar called his live-in girlfriend he met as a clerk in his office Patty Fornicola that morning and said he was going to take a drive in his mini Cooper to Lewisburg, a town he was known to frequent to purchase select antiques.
Although Gricar was scheduled to take a half day’s vacation previously, he called Patty from his cell phone at 11:30 am and told her he would be taking the entire day off.
When Gricar failed to return that evening, Fornicola was concerned and phoned Bellefonte Police. The next day Gricar’s “mini” was found locked with his cell phone inside in a Lewisburg parking lot. His keys and wallet have never been recovered.
Two months later, his work laptop was located in the Susquehanna River and without it’s hard drive against a bridge support, and the hard drive a few months after that on the bank by a woman walking her dog.
In 2009, on the 4 year anniversary of his disappearance, Bellefonte detectives releases startling information.
On his home computer, which was reviewed by a forensic analyst, showed searches including how to delete a hard drive were found in the weeks leading up to Gricar’s disappearance.
A small amount of cigarette ashes found just inside the driver side window of Gricars car leading investigators to believe he met with someone, spoke briefly through the window, and parked his car.
Subsequent possible sightings of Gricar in Michigan have never panned out and his case is still open.
Tom Bradley, Jerry Sandusky’s successor as defensive coordinator upon his retirement, is acting PSU head coach will lead the team in their last home game against Nebraska this Saturday.
“We’re in a very unprecedented area,” Bradley said Thursday. “We have to find a way to restore the confidence [in the university] and start the healing process.”
Recommended reading by Rick Reilly.