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. erose says:

    @Rose, Great find on CGL and the BSA. Wouldn’t be surprised if the DA is looking in to that, now that you’ve done the hard part. PS – Girls in Black flying under the radar again, I guess it’s only fair it pays off once in awhile.

  2. erose says:

    @JJ, Thanks for the summary.

    Blink, Here is more on Feathers. Bias blog, I know, but it goes to the heart of the real issues IMO.
    http://notpsu.blogspot.com/2014/10/feathers-resignation-breaks-media.html

  3. Rose says:

    http://www.politicspa.com/justice-mccaffery-responds-slams-chief-justice-castille/61097/
    imo, while Castille is florid, McCaffrey is intemperate, grandiose, and unapologetic
    about being a mysogenistic
    porn peruser and disseminator.
    Goodness help the female clerks of both.

  4. Rose says:

    Porn Justice makes me pity a black female justice who
    had to rub elbows with clowns like these on the bench.
    imo perhaps, even to get appointed initially,
    she learned to go along & get along, just like
    when working with the College Prez and on the PSU BoT.
    McCaffrey’s ilk is sadly making me sympathize with Cynthia, no
    mean feat.

  5. Rose says:

    Why are no press asking the salient question, Who sent McCafferty the porn?
    the info available is on who he forwarded most to, a strong press hint being Feather:
    http://www.wdac.com/justice-accused-in-pa-porn-scandal/
    Did the Supreme Ct of PA deny Jerry an appeal? (I don’t recall)
    If so, and it can be documented a Justice had sent a retired agent of the
    AG office multiple porn emails and did not recuse, then likely Jerry gets
    a redo, and the Justice should be disbarred.

    I am interested in the Justice’s associate who felt bold or
    entitled enough to send the Justice porn. That’s pretty
    presumptuous. mafia like–gives a hold over him as needed.
    So why are no media asking that question?

    Also these sharers seem to be an in-group of the Sandusky
    prosecution. Hope it doesn’t lead to an appealabke issue–like
    those presenting to the grand jury were so into a porn viewing club,
    their prosecutorial judgment was biased in favor of finding
    turpitude where none existed.

  6. Rose says:

    these Sept 2013 Township minutes popped up
    when I googled lee & boy scout. the first third
    reveal imo The Board of Supervisors was attempting to wrest control
    of Memorial Day planning from Lee & his BVC base.
    Ergo he jumped up to that Supervisors’ helm too. Imo that Memorial Day
    control & direction meant a lot to him, as he turned out his
    BVC Board for this discussion with the Supervisors.
    The Supervisors in attendance could be queried about Lee
    as to what had they heard and when that led them to try to take
    MD direction out of his hands.
    http://www.harristownship.org/BOS%20Minutes%20090913.doc

  7. Rose says:

    I looked up Troop 380.
    Solid Scoutmaster imo, & sponsored by
    Lions whose august membership does
    not include Lee online.

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

    @Rose, yes, the PA Supreme Court refused to hear an appeal.

    The Court has had its share of problems, with one justice resigning after a criminal conviction in 2013.

    The last impeachment in PA was of a Supreme Court justice in 1994-95. This is somewhat reminiscent of that.

    Or as I like to say “CENTRAL PENNSYLVANIA GOTHIC!”

  9. Rose says:

    http://www.statecollege.com/mobile/news/local-news/ard-program-could-see-legislative-review-in-wake-of-new-child-sex-allegations,1461329/
    Interesting the chief of staff to a Dem representing Centre Cty in the State
    legislature reached out to the DA & also spoke
    publically against the 2005 ARD at that time. His
    assessment the DA had “deaf ears” imo means the DA
    was returning a favor to someone for his support in the
    election imo.

  10. Rose says:

    2005 race http://voicesweb.org/archive/november05/Page_3.pdf
    http://voicesweb.org/archive/november05/Page_5.pdf
    Asked myself what person mentored Mike politically in 2005 who could also later get him a job outside his professional field at PSU. The likely candidate is Corbett, a fellow republican & newly installed in 2004 as head of Mike’s worksite in the AG Office. Amazing this Bob Jones grad took an ARD for child molestation.
    OR maybe a Dem Gov promised not
    to endorse or campaign for Arnold in quid pro quid for a friendly associate’s ARD. Had to be high up to trump Conklin staffer’s lobbying of Madeira.
    —-
    Arnold tries again, 2009:
    http://voicesweb.org/node/2471
    “….
    “There is a wide range of things this office has done and improved over the course of the last three years,” Madeira said, referring to … streamlining of the Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition (ARD) process.”

    I bet.
    —–
    http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/only-6-news-2005-criminal-case-christopher-lee-released-3940.shtml?wap=0
    letter from State Police said not all charges could be expunged.

  11. Rose says:

    I don’t understand how Madeira could “release”
    JKArnold in Jan 06 the month he was sworn in.
    She was a vested State employee, not the DA’s employee.
    Why didn’t she file suit? You can’t fire employees based
    on their political party affiliation.

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

    Editorial on the ARD situation with Lee:

    http://www.centredaily.com/2014/10/19/4411831/our-view-let-jury-decide-lees.html?sp=/99/145/

    Thanks for posting that JJ. I agree of course- however there are some factual errors in that article.

    1. Judge’s name is on the docket- not sealed.
    2. After a full expungement was given erroneously, it was partially reinstated.
    3. I am not in a position to source it now, but there are comments on the record by Madeira somewhere indicating the fact that it could never be completely expunged was a factor in his decision.
    4. It should be noted that although it does not appear to have any influence in Lee’s case- in 2010 Amendola made a mockery of the court when he had a few dozen petitions for expungement signed without the judge looking at them- and it contained the names of several publications-

    Going to be honest, #4 gave me a hearty laugh and I used the citation in a committee I sit on within ABA as an example of Judicial Abuse of power of the first Amendment.
    B

  13. Rose says:

    http://www.wjactv.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/only-6-news-2005-criminal-case-christopher-lee-released-3940.shtml?wap=0

    refers to a letter from State Police which
    said not all charges could be expunged
    because vics under 18

  14. Rose says:

    @JJ in Phila
    If Central PA is Gothic,
    what’s your adjective for
    Eastern PA? I like Seedy.

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

    @Rose, SeedyTee refers to the newspaper up there. :) I think Philly is “The City of Brotherly Love, yeah, right.” :)

    I actually grew up in west central PA, and was on WJAC, even in high school. My family has been in that area at least since the 1790′s, and I am a PSU alumnus. To me, this is a horror story.

    @Blink, yes, but Amendola blamed his secretary. I did a blog on it. The issue was ARD as well.

  16. Rose says:

    https://mobile.twitter.com/DailyCollegian/status/138635789503430657
    “As noted by Frazier, Freeh’s reports are not intended to be made public”

    Any credible investigator would be ok to
    have their work product made public. .
    It is the commissioning employer
    who contracts for confidentiality.

  17. erose says:

    [3 page Order attached to article]

    A state Supreme Court justice entangled in a controversy over pornographic emails and accusations that he tried to ******blackmail******* a fellow justice has been relieved of his responsibilities, at least temporarily, according to a court order issued late Monday.

    And in a remarkable six-page concurring statement, the court’s acid-tongued chief justice said Justice McCaffery has the “pathological symptoms” of a sociopath.

    http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2014/10/20/Pa-Supreme-Court/stories/201410200209

  18. erose says:

    You have to read the order, there is more.

  19. erose says:

    Other than the mention of the “uniformed school girls” this whole porn scandal with the impetus at the State Supreme Court confirms these state leaders lack professionalism. Salaciousness aside, they could have all been playing Candy Crush or Angry Birds for all I care, but is it any wonder Sandusky ran amok? For years. It’s hard to even get upset about the million or so the judge’s wife made on the side, or the blackmail, all allegations at this time. What a zoo.

  20. erose says:

    Significant changes occurred at the office fairly quickly following Ray’s disappearance in terms of previously-established policies and guidelines for case dispositions, as well as what was or was not appropriate for ARD disposition. All of these were absolutely within the legitimate discretion of Mr. Smith as acting DA and there is no issue of legitimacy or impropriety implied. They were simply troubling to me for reasons which I suppose are at least loosely analogous to why I found it troubling that staff counseling had already been decided upon by 9 AM on the first day that Ray would have been expected to return to the office after the weekend. In both instances, the actions seem to reflect a mindset that Ray was not going to be returning, which was wholly unsupported by the ongoing mantra of ‘three theories, all equally likely’ being offered by police. Nor was it in my view consistent with the public entreaties by his daughter and his paramour in their initial press conference imploring him directly to return, incorporating an obvious belief that he was in a position to do so if he wished.

    JKA
    https://sites.google.com/site/gricardisappearance/gricardisappearance

  21. erose says:

    @Rose,

    4. Summing up:

    The foregoing is the objective portion of what I can recall about the Gricar situation from the week that he disappeared until 9 AM on January 3, 2006, when I was called into Mr. Smith’s office by DA Madeira, to be told that I was being discharged. The provision relied upon was part of the same chapter of County Code as that providing replacement procedures for a missing DA.

    https://sites.google.com/site/gricardisappearance/gricardisappearance

  22. Rose says:

    @erose. Delightfully, his home computer, ipad, internet connection, and so on were all
    owned by the State. imo that may make this criminal.
    —-
    He had a poor socialization to and understanding of his judicial role.
    That should be remedied in documented future training
    for these elected Judges.

    What prosecutor or State investigator is going to rebuff or report a porn email
    from any Judge they appear before? And imo the State investigator, now retired,
    forwarded the Judge’s emails to attorneys merely to
    increase his stature in their eyes. Imo was also forwarded to
    Eakin to implicate him from the beginning, should same be needed.

    Since emails carried great import in the Freeh report, all these
    prosecutors were well aware of the great import of emails.

    McCaffery? He’s just sick & in need of inpatient treatment for a porn addiction.

  23. Rose says:

    TY, JJ in Phila for the grounds.
    Specious.
    —-
    Reviewed this last night:
    http://m.collegian.psu.edu/topic/?q=%22centre%20county%20assistant%20district%20attorney%20karen%20arnold%22&t=&l=25&d=&d1=&d2=&f=html&s=&sd=desc&s=start_time

    Just before her termination, and after the election,
    Karen Arnold had a conviction that dwarfed Sandusky’s.

    This demanding trial is undoubtedly why she could not possibly have campaigned
    in such a way as to give a competitive run for the election,
    much less a win. No time to dine with donors or meet & greet
    every Rotary club.

    And a lessor prosecutor would not have bothered. He already had a long Fed sentence.
    Two Counties had done the easy thing & taken pleas.

    But, she went for putting him away for life, and did.
    Anyone else who wanted to be DA would’ve taken a plea.

    Madeira got rid of his very seasoned child molestation/rape ADA,
    who could win those cases, the moment he stepped into office.
    It raises my suspicion that the very reason his mentors recruited him
    from a safe State retirement plan was to terminate Karen.
    And the PSU job is the way to re-enter State retirement.
    Imo the idea to terminate her did not originate with Madeira but someone
    to whom he owed loyalty, party-wise, or job-wise.

  24. Rose says:

    after such a trial, and years of sex abuse litigation;
    possibly, she was probably burnt out & segued into the Trinity
    UMC choir director role being enough.

  25. Rose says:

    It is as reasonable, in hindsight due to JKA’s termination,
    to think the Gricar disappearance was due to his pursuing a State
    employee molestation or pedophile ring centered on Sandusky, as
    to attribute it perhaps to drug investigations or the Verbal arrest.

    a State employee child corruption (re)investigation
    would be greater motivation to pluck Madeira out of the ranks of State
    employees & run him than drugs, really. Drug prosecutors
    were likely a dime a dozen.

    Logically, the DA election slate should have consisted of
    former office prosecutors like DeBoef.

  26. erose says:

    IMO, JKA is saying that two things were priority after Gricar went missing, #1 Grief Counseling (before anyone was given a reason to grieve) and #2 Change ARD Policy. Again IMO, if true, this is very relevant to Lee’s current situation.

  27. Rose says:

    @erose.
    She said even more wrt grief counseling:
    It was scheduled by 9 am the Monday morning that
    he failed to return to work….when the PD, paramour,
    & daughter had no clue he was not returning.
    The card she held to her vest was which employee scheduled it.

    That big trial of a molester exceeding Sandusky that
    culminated in a verdict was reason enough for her to
    decline concurrently trying Lee while running for DA.

  28. Rose says:

    “The court’s special counsel in the case,
    Pittsburgh lawyer Robert L. Byer of the Philadelphia-based Duane Morris law firm, declined comment.”
    http://www.pennlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/10/pennsylvania_lawyers_torn_over.html

    Hasn’t he got a conflict of interest
    handling prosecutors’emails sent
    during Sandusky case?
    Isn’t this Baldwin’s firm,
    & she’s in the Pittsburgh office?

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

    @ Rose.

    JKA and MTM had been involved in a very acrimonious campaign, with JKA raising MTM’s attendance at Bob Jones University as an issue. That was a much more likely reason.

    In 2005, JKA was not handling the Lee case. Lance Marshall was. Now, that assignment would have been Smith’s, but we don’t know if Smith played any role in the ARD decision. That decision was made after 1/3/06.

    We do know that, in the Mendez-Vargas case, which involved a shaken baby charge and was pending in 2005, Marshall was second chair behind Gricar. That would have been Gricar’s decision.

    As to Lee being more high profile than Sandusky, no and I don’t think it would have been close. Lee was an elected township supervisor, from a prominent family, but not part of the administration of football program of the powerhouse PSU.

    In terms of Lee in 2005, he was facing three misdemeanor charges (I think with two counts on each charge). Even with a conviction, it would not have been a long sentence.

    One of the charges would have, had there been a conviction, placed Lee on Meagan’s List. That was the misdemeanor, “Indecent Assault of a Person Less than 13 Years of Age.” It is somewhat difficult to prove. It is one of the charges that Sandusky was acquitted on in regard to Victim 6.

  30. Rose says:

    @JJ I did not mean Lee was mire high profile than Sandusky.
    I mean that the crimes of the man sentenced on Dec 20, who had alreadu had a
    Federal conviction & plea deals in 2 Counties, had a more extensive
    criminal career than that publically known about Sandusky. I was comparing
    that choice to prosecute his extensive crimes by JKA to MM’s choice not to prosscute Lee or
    Sandusky (I think conflict of interest on latter was specious).

    Many DA races are highly acrimonious.
    A competent, professional DA would not walk in the door
    and fire a longserving govt employee,
    moreover a rare female ADA apparently,
    and his most seasoned sex crimes trial lawyer. He’d
    have a frank talk with her, establish a working relationship, and
    dispatch her to be productive. Say, on Sandusky.

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

    First, the judge who signed off on Lee was Lunsford. It has been reported: http://www.centredaily.com/2014/10/23/4420039/lunsford-was-judge-who-signed.html?sp=/99/264/&ihp=1

    @Rose, I’m not sure that Lee had any prior convictions. I’ve never heard of any, but I have not been looking either.

    At least two of the ADA’s Madeira retained were female. I think he had 6, and five were appointed by Gricar.

    I’m not sure if MTM knew that Sandusky was ever investigated; MTM said that he didn’t know. Smith said that he had mentioned it (according to Moulton), but at the time the story broke, Smith claimed that he didn’t remember it.

    From what has been reported, JKA, Sloane, and Gricar were involved at some point in the 1998 Sandusky investigation, though JKA was involved only at the early stages. It was not her decision and I think she has been treated unfairly in some quarters.

  32. Rose says:

    @JJ. I was referring to this conviction, not Lee.
    http://m.collegian.psu.edu/archives/article_e9055e58-c416-527a-9378-513a0f0ca134.html?mode=jqm
    On re-reading, Sandustry’s tried crimes were far more extensive.
    Neverthess JKA did well.

    Madeira terminated at least 2 other experienced ADA’s?
    How many friends and donor’s sons did he owe jobs to?
    No wonder he had a hard time finding a succor management
    position.

  33. erose says:

    This article consistent will JJ recollections. I am trying to understand the timing of the two separate incidents. The incident with the 10 year old was June 3rd. When was the other incident and why don’t they say?

    Posted: Friday, September 30, 2005 12:00 am

    snips>

    Boalsburg Mansion CEO faced with three charges

    Harris Township Supervisor and Boalsburg Mansion CEO Christopher G. Lee will face trial sometime later this year or early next year on charges of harassment, corruption of minors and indecent assault,…

    The charges stem from two separate incidents, one allegedly involving Lee and a 10-year-old boy, and one allegedly involving Lee and an 8-year-old boy.

    The 10-year-old victim recounted an alleged June 3 incident at the preliminary hearing…

    The other incident in question involved the 8-year-old boy, the other boy’s younger brother.

  34. erose says:

    Google blinded Corbett administration wants links to Jerry Sandusky trial transcripts removed from web -

    snips>

    The Sandusky trial transcripts at the center of the controversy are important and compelling public documents that many in Pennsylvania government would rather you not read.

    What they don’t want you to read: section from page 216 of June 14, 2012 Sandusky trial transcript where victim says he was sexually abused in 2009, while AG Corbett fiddled and ran for governor, and his cronies in AG’s office were viewing internet porn, forwarded by a state Supreme Court Justice.

    See more at: http://www.yardbird.com/Corbett_appointee_says_links_to_Sandusky_trial_transcripts_removed_from_Google.htm#sthash.UHJIPDSl.dpuf

  35. erose says:

    February 2011: Karen Arnold, the former assistant district attorney who originally handled the Sandusky case in 1998 for DA Ray Gricar, is asked to testify before the Thirty-Third Statewide Grand Jury. It is a totally new grand jury that uses information from the former grand jury(s).

    March 10, 2011: Arnold testifies before the grand jury. Arnold will later say there are aspects of the Sandusky case ignored by the grand jury.

    - See more at: http://www.yardbird.com/corbett_sandusky_psu_timeline.htm#sthash.UKr6IcZ1.dpuf

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