Nittany Nightmare Continues Past Sandusky: Former President Spanier Charged- NEW Charges for Curley and Schultz Filed

Happy Valley- PA On the heels of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky’s transfer to his new home,  what most predicted would follow- has.

 

 

 

Former Penn State President Graham Spanier,  fired by the Penn State Board of Trust the same day as legendary late-Nittany Lions Coach Joe Paterno, is facing serious charges today filed by Sandusky’s prosecutors.

Spanier is facing counts of obstruction of justice,  perjury, conspiracy, endangering the welfare of children and failure to report allegations of child abuse.

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz,  who were facing perjury and charges based on “non-reporting”,  are now facing all five similar charges as Spanier-  additional filings occurred simultaneously.

Linda L. Kelly stated the men “used their positions to conceal and cover up for years the activities of a known child predator,” on Thursday following the announcement.

 

Please check back to www.blinkoncrime for this developing story.

 

 

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  1. Sherri Vogel says:

    Shaunda Hopkins is a kind, decent, God fearing woman. She does not deserve to serve prison time unlike these Pedophiles. She is getting royally screwed. Good for her not registering as a Sexual Offender why the hell should she? SHAUNDA HOPKINS IS MY HERO!!!!!

    1. She is serving time for 2 felonies that she was convicted of by a jury of her peers.
    2. In no way is this site going to be used as a billboard for what is tantamount to exploiting or mis-using a RSO database.

    Ms. Hopkins may be all of those things- I don’t know, but she was well aware of the possible outcome. The law is the law and we do not alter it, or manipulate it for individuals because we do not agree.

    B

  2. Sherri Vogel says:

    Sure we do….It get’s manipulated all the time if you have money or if you are a politician, or a judge. Who exactly was on her jury, and who selected it? Why isn’t the Dupont Heir in prison?

    I have no answer for the Dupont Heir- it is a travesty we agree on- and absolutely shameful on the part of that Judge.
    B

  3. Sherri Vogel says:

    I’m just so dumbfounded as to how such a so called Democratic State is so highly racist? From what I can see, she is being unjustly treated for being poor, black, and a woman. A woman I might add who started her own business and was making a wonderful contribution to society. Why even her own White ex-husband dedicated his Dissertation about slavery to her and their children. It is my own personal opinion that she is being raked through the coals for not obeying her Master. As a white republican woman, I find what is happening to her highly offensive and not to mention this is setting a precedent for all women in the state of PA. The precedent being….This is what happens if you leave your husband. It’s a true WAR on WOMEN!

  4. Rose says:

    OT reply to Sherri.
    PA is NOT a Dem State.
    See this chart.
    http://m.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2013/02/01/rethinking-red-states-and-blue-states-in-one-heat-map/
    PA is a Conservative State.
    Think Sen Santorum (R), Sen Toomey (R).
    The Dem Sen is in there because he is
    intensively Catholic & conveys associated values.
    The Courts are conservative. And political rather than merit, if Baldwin is an example.
    If you’re gonna be a pedophile, PA is a bad State to set up shop in a sports program.

  5. Well J.J.
    1) Since we have been contacted by Federal Investigators and since my partner in the website Ray Blehar is cooperating with them there is a KNOWN Federal Investigation.
    2) A Vendetta to damage and discredit Joe Paterno is exactly what Victor Surma (brother of Board of Trustees member John Surma) wrote as quoted in the posts on THE SURMA VENDETTA – http://notpsu.blogspot.com/2014/03/did-victor-b-surma-die-of-heroin.html
    Whether it makes much sense or not it’s what Surma wrote.
    Victor Surma wrote: “The Rat has hurt so many young men; destroyed their self esteem, ruined their confidence, etc. I feel it is my obligation to expose his fraud to the national media before he checks out. I’m starting with the Pittsburgh Reporter and hope to take his fraud national!!! I hope you understand. I was a 3 year letterman – have no axe to grind – just want to set the record straight on the RATS legacy. Vic S”
    This was provided by PSU lettermen who participate in that messageboard.

    I can’t speak to “Williams” or “Wolf” and what they think about Kane’s actions. I make no comments regarding that – only that Kane is now nearing the end of her investigation

    and Finally – I disagree completely about Baldwin being done – She is and the transcripts of the Grand Jury appearances bear that out and can be read here: http://notpsu.blogspot.com/2014/04/fear-loathing-in-happy-valley-baldwin.html

    I defy anyone to read those transcripts and fail to realize the hole Baldwin dug for herself.

    Barry- as you know, I share your opinion on Ms. Baldwin. Conflict is conflict, and proffers are proffers and she is not getting around her glowing review for his clearance needs.
    B

  6. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    @Barry, there IS a known federal investigation, by the Department of Education, in regard to Clery Act violations; it is not a criminal investigation. There has been no known investigation by the FBI or any federal criminal investigation.

    SURMA, either of them, really has nothing to do with the grand jury or the prosecution of the PSU 3. You will have to explain the relevance.

    It was reported today that Kane’s investigation shows that Corbett did not “drag his feet” in the investigation, and that there was no influence from TSM. http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/sources_claim_kane_report_a_co.html#incart_most-comments

    Ironically, I was popping on tho share that and another bit of news. Judge Hoover stated this week that the would be moving forward; likewise Kane indicated that she would be moving forward. There have also been numerous sealed filings, including one from the judge, entered into the docket.

    I expect movement on the PSU 3 case soon. I also suspect that Baldwin’s testimony will be admissible, under the “Crime-Fraud” exemption for attorney-client privilege.

  7. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Here is the link to the story about the judge’s comments: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/judge_makes_plans_to_revive_al.html#lf_comment=174757815

  8. Rose says:

    TY JJ, agree.
    “I expect movement on the PSU 3 case soon.
    I also suspect that Baldwin’s testimony will be admissible, under the “Crime-Fraud” exemption for attorney-client privilege.” any Bar investigation of Baldwin likely subsequent to PSU3 litigation?

  9. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    From what I’ve seen of PA Bar actions, they tend to be long, and are not necessarily tied to a criminal act. One of my client’s father was disbarred after conviction, and I knew at least two other attorneys that were disbarred, one for a criminal act and one unethical acts.

    Walter Cohen has filed an affidavit in the Schultz/Curley cases (but not Spanier), where he opines that:

    1. Baldwin was their attorney and that Feudale recognized that(and I do agree on those points).

    2. That she provided inadequate counsel.

    3. That there was a conflict of interest as PSU counsel.

    4. That the AG and Judge Feudale should have done more in informing them.

    While the reporter at the P-N insists that he wasn’t compensated for the opinion (and he is clearly an expert, and this would be regarded as an expert opinion), the filing does not appear to be a “friend of the court” brief.

    http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Court-Departments/Curley-Schultz-Spanier/Documents/December%2010,%202013%20-%20Affidavit%20of%20Hon.%20Walter%20W.%20Cohen.pdf

    I will note that he does not address the “crime-fraud” provision permitting Baldwin’s testimony to go in. It looks to me like they might be claiming that they should not be tried because their attorney was inadequate. Since both WERE charged with perjury prior to Baldwin’s testimony, that would be the only thing could go back to that. That is guess on my part.

  10. Rose says:

    It seems to me Baldwin had to make the claim the psu3 lied to the
    the grand jury in order to testify under the crime-fraud provision. Imo
    an attorney (in the prosecutor’s office) advised her of this safe
    harbor; she’s not that smart &!strategic on her own imo. I find these GJ
    statements of her gratuitous opinions whdn she should
    simply have recounted facts known to her of the fraud:
    ““He is not a person of integrity. He lied to me,” she said.”
    .

  11. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Well, they were charged with perjury BEFORE Baldwin testified, though the charge was stronger (and refiled) afterward.

    Baldwin may not have realized they were lying to her until more information came out, which puts her in a dicey situation. If she “reasonable believes” that they perjured themselves, she could inform the court.

    SOME of Schultz’s complaints seem quite weak. For example, Schultz claimed that Baldwin told him not too look at any notes. Under oath he said that he had destroyed his notes. If he believed his notes had been destroyed (and he may have, they were not in his custody at the time), it would not make any difference. If he knew they were sitting in his file, then he committed perjury.

    Schultz’s filing is here: http://www.dauphincounty.org/government/Court-Departments/Curley-Schultz-Spanier/Documents/Schultz%20Omnibus%20Pre-Trial%20Motion%2010-31-12.pdf

    The PA Code regarding Baldwin’s duties are here: http://www.pacode.com/secure/data/204/chapter81/subchapAtoc.html

  12. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Kane’s investigation of the Corbett/Kelly investigation set for release Monday: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/attorney_generals_review_of_je.html#incart_river_default

  13. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    The report is here: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/06/full_report_on_the_ags_study_o.html#incart_maj-story-1

    Their big complaints with the AG was several month delay in 2010 (when they were looking for a second victim) and no initial search warrant for Sandusky’s house.

    PSU did not supply them with documents until late 2010, and Baldwin was attempting to “stall” them, according to one of the prosecutors.

  14. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Arbitrator recommends Sandusky retain his pension: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140621_Reinstate_Sandusky_s_pension__hearing_officer_recommends.html

  15. erose says:

    “It is absolutely true and factual that evidence exists of two individuals who allege they were victimized into the fall of 2009,” said the statement signed by four members of the Attorney General’s Office, though not Kane. “It is shameful for others to re-victimize these individuals by denying their existence.”

    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/news/breaking/20140625_State_Police_chief_assails_Kane_over_Sandusky_claims.html#ItvWMiUO8UkGZdOt.99

  16. erose says:

    Bet Dottie heard that (snark).

    J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:
    June 23, 2014 at 6:29 pm
    Arbitrator recommends Sandusky retain his pension: http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140621_Reinstate_Sandusky_s_pension__hearing_officer_recommends.html

    Obvs I am not a fan, so I would have preferred that perv scumbag and his compliant spouse be destitute, but legally speaking I think the decision was proper.
    B

  17. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Kane just admitted to “misspeaking” on that. One of the two was actually “Victim Nine.” He was not molested after 12/2008.

    The second one, they did not use because he was “uncertain.” There may be some credibility issues.

    http://www.philly.com/philly/news/20140625_State_Police_chief_assails_Kane_over_Sandusky_claims.html

  18. Rose says:

    without reading arbitor’s report, it seems to me legally a pension is a vested worksite right, & if anyone wants to stop
    the $, he has to win a tort suit & attach the money to pay the judgment if not otherwise paid.

    seems like Baldwin was a fly in several ointments.

    Can someone remind me why Kane will beat the
    outcomes in this (report) horse after her race is over?

  19. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    The arbitration is not binding, but is persuasive. Basically, his convictions were not job related.

    Baldwin’s testimony is an issue. There have been a lot of sealed filings in the case.

    I’m not too sure what you mean by the third question.

    A lot of Joebot types thought that the Moulton Report was going find that:

    1. Corbett delayed the case until after the gubernatorial election (spelled that right on the first try, wow).

    2. There was some type of a Corbett/TSM coverup.

    3. Corbett, Emmert, and Erickson were going to be jailed because of that.

    The report was good, though I disagree with aspects of it; it did raise, in my view, legitimate questions about not getting a search warrant for Sandusky’s house.

    Kane, instead of noting that she hired Moulton, claimed that while the AG’s Office was investigating in 2009, two more unknown victims were molested. Moulton never claimed that. It turns out that one of the people she was referring to was Victim 9. The other, possibly, was one that the investigators did not find credible. Prosecutors, and the PSP, disagree and with the revelation that it was Victim 9, and these two victims don’t exist, Kane further damaged herself needlessly.

  20. erose says:

    After years of silence, Matthew Sandusky, the adopted son of imprisoned former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, is opening up about his suffering as the victim of repeated sexual abuse.

    On Thursday, July 17, Sandusky’s first public interview will air as he answers questions from Oprah Winfrey on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) at 9 p.m. ET, according to the Huffington Post.

    http://t.foxsports.msn.com/college-football/sanduskys-adopted-son-to-speak-out-about-sexual-abuse-for-first-time

  21. erose says:

    I watched it. I believe him. I wanted to see if O addressed the Dottie factor, and she did. Matt could not say for sure if she knew, but like most of us he had a hard time understanding in retrospect how she did not.

    http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/jerry-sandusky-son-alleges-even-worse-abuse?gt1=51501

    And here is how he is trying to change things.

    http://www.peacefulheartsfoundation.org/

    So question. Sandusky’s adopted 5 boys and 1 girl. Did he molest any of his other adopted children?

    Honestly, I want SA Ken Lanning to do a case study on this travesty. Sandusky’s lure techniques and motivations( general) are so textbook and unnoticed, unheard of from the pool of victims that was The Second Mile- I really only trust a sound analysis from him and his resources on this issue as an expert.

    To your question- I will always believe that ALL the male children at the very least, in that household, were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky. If that were not true- they would be the first “to not be” in empirical or case study pedophilic history that I am aware of. I believed Matthew and after seeing that interview, I stay in permanent brow-clenched flux. That amount of victims, and in the foster system, and in CPS, and TSM- and no analytical study of what went wrong in the areas that have not been public?

    Daughter was to appease Momma, and public scrutiny reaction, imo.

    How the Hell Wolf is not all up in that makes me feel it runs really, really deep.
    And for the record- I am a Republican- I would not vote for Corbett for lunch monitor.

    B

  22. Rose says:

    from HuffPost:

    “Matthew believes Sandusky convinced himself he was acting out of love.
    “I think that he believed the things that he was doing to us, that was love to him. That was him taking care of us. That was him being there for us when no other person would have been. I truly believe that he believed that he cared and that he was loving us.”

    Spot on, Matt. This take tells me he is grounded.

    JS & DS believe they were loving sacrificial parents to this day imo.
    and that the tickling & blowing & roughhousing & showering were part of the love.
    and the genital grabbing & oral sex are figments of dozens of bad boys’ imaginations to get money.

  23. erose says:

    Son of Penn State’s Paterno says pedophile solicited him at age 13

    In the book obtained by Reuters on Thursday, Jay Paterno said the pedophile approached him at a bus stop in the Park Forest Village section of State College. The encounter left him confused and upset, Paterno said, and he ran away.

    Paterno, who Reuters was unable to immediately reach, never names the pedophile.

    Police files obtained by Reuters said a Penn State geosciences professor, Antonio Lasaga, was arrested for molesting two younger boys at the Park Forest Village pool on Aug. 27, 1981. The charges were later dropped.

    Lasaga moved on to Yale University in 1984 and was arrested there in 1998 for child pornography and molesting a boy. He was convicted of both charges and is presently serving a federal prison term.

    http://news.msn.com/crime-justice/son-of-penn-states-paterno-says-pedophile-solicited-him-at-age-13-1

  24. erose says:

    Bio on Lasaga. (He ended up back at State College.)
    http://climateaudit.org/2011/11/14/lasaga-yale-and-penn-state/

  25. erose says:

    In 1981, when Lasaga was a professor at Pennsylvania State University, College Park, Pa., police charged him with inappropriately touching a 9-year-old boy and an 11-year-old boy in a local pool.

    Lasaga denied the charges, as he did again through his lawyer Thursday, and passed a polygraph test. The charges were eventually dropped.

    On Thursday, the prosecution’s polygraph expert testified that the polygraph test Lasaga passed was flawed.

    Lasaga, by then a Yale professor, was again accused of inappropriate touching in 1986 at a Hamden YMCA pool. The complaint apparently never went further than YMCA officials.

    Five years later, in the same pool, another parent complained to the staff that Lasaga had molested her son. Again that complaint went no further. Hamden police have no record of either complaint.

    The second Hamden complaint was made the same year, 1991, that Lasaga signed up to mentor a young New Haven boy — the same boy he would later sexually abuse on videotape.

    http://articles.courant.com/2000-05-19/news/0005191737_1_child-pornography-antonio-lasaga-polygraph-test

  26. erose says:

    Didn’t we have a conversation about a geo prof that got to kids thru rocks?

  27. erose says:

    Ignorance or Arrogance?

    X-Yale Prof, Gets 20 for Child Torture

    February 16, 2002
    By JANICE D’ARCY, Courant Staff Writer

    snips>

    NEW HAVEN — The prosecutor stood before the judge and bluntly described the defendant’s crimes: former Yale professor Antonio Lasaga had repeatedly raped a little boy and had obsessively collected tens of thousands of images depicting the sexual torture of children.

    The crimes are not in dispute. They were horrific enough that Lasaga’s family wept in court Friday when they heard them recounted.

    They were horrific enough to merit, in the judge’s view, a 20-year sentence.

    But it wasn’t the crimes’ recounting that was most startling to the packed courtroom audience Friday. It was the reaction to them by some of Lasaga’s colleagues.

    Three of them spoke to Superior Court Judge Roland Fasano in defense of the well-known geology professor.

    “He is in his most productive years,” said Hubert L. Barnes, 73, a professor at Pennsylvania State University and former head of the prestigious Geochemistry Society.

    “When you penalize Tony for his indiscretions, you also penalize society,” he said.

    The word “indiscretions” evoked gasps from some in the audience.

    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/629202/posts

  28. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Barnes, who I do not know, is a sad commentary on the attitude of some people in academia and some people associated with Penn Sate. :(

  29. erose says:

    JJ, I just wonder if that attitude is somehow prevalent in academia in general, not just Penn State. Is there some kind of phenomenon we as a society are unaware of that some people who work with children tend to sexualize them, or are the pervs just gravitating to those careers? I would tend to guess the latter, but when I see people justifying or making excuses, it makes me wonder.

  30. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    I don’t think it is gravitating to academia, personally.

    I think that much of it is a perceived privilege of being a “genius.” You saw with Norman Mailer in his defense of Jack Abbot. Mailer’s argument was that Abbot should not be held responsible for killing a guy, because Abbot was a “genius” as a writer. That mirrors Barn’s comments.

    Because of the way academia works, it tends to reward high achieving people who, in effect, become elite. They are regarded by their colleagues as being elite, above everyone else, and they do have achievements that are rare. They win awards, write a lot in the field, and have a number of rare credentials. They see themselves, and to a large extent are seen by the public, as being at the top of society.

    I think you see this with other professions, lawyers, doctors, clergy, politicians.

    I could be talking about me, in my field at least, with some of that. If I were in prison, there is an 80% chance I’d be publishing. :) The difference is, that I wouldn’t think that was a good reason to let me out.

  31. Rose says:

    In a college job site, particularly a public university, the U Admin and dept colleagues looking the other way as to personal failings that negatively affect minors is not mere deference to a professional elite, I believe it relates to tenure and job site work protection processes in a univ setting making underperforming or dysfunctional profs easier for their Asministrators to ignore and plan around than engage. In my opinion college profs “sins” are well known to all except entering unconnected frosh. I believe this affected Penn State’s administrative handling of Sandusky & Paterno more than the fact it was a “football” dept involved.

    An example, my kid entered a public u as 1 of 2 students of a longtenured (desirable minority) elite prof. In early Sept he proved severely emotionally abusive & unpredictable in a fixed unrelenting manner–as if he had some illness. By Feb the assertive male student (not mine) was allowed by the Dean to meet with another prof’s TA only. his problems seem well known administratively & to work site peers, but acknowledged only with indirect indicia. His students have apparently regularly dropped the major. with tenure, an abusive prof can plod on–no retirement pressure in sight. Imo at least Paterno engineered Sandusky’s retirement. In retrospect, the Sandusky anomaly is he has not been reported to hit on any PS students, or football team members.

    Imo Barnes the commenter was atypical publically & likely had long condoned his colleague’s predilictions & activities. Barnes is an anomaly.

  32. J. J. in Phila (the real one) says:

    Corbett/McCord and the NCAA are discussing something regarding the disposition of the fine: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2014/08/penn_state_alumni-elected_trus.html#lf_comment=198500010

  33. erose says:

    Freeh apparently drove his SUV off the road shortly after noon and struck a mailbox and a row of shrubs before coming to a stop on the side of a tree, state police said. He was wearing his seatbelt.

    http://www.komonews.com/news/national/Former-FBI-director-Freeh-seriously-injured-in-car-crash-272711621.html

    He is under armed guard, more to come on this for sure.
    B

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