AG to PSU Sex Abuse Victim: Please Come Forward

Attorney General: By not reporting alleged assault to police, PSU Administrators allowed a child predator to continue for years

Investigators on Monday encouraged anyone who was sexually assaulted by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky to step forward and talk to police.

In a press conference Monday, Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly specifically asked that a child, assumed to be about 10-years-old at the time, reportedly assaulted by Sandusky in the PSU showers in view of a graduate student to call detectives about the 2002 encounter.

Kelly said that by not reporting what the grad student said he saw, the Penn State Administrators involved allowed a child predator to continue for years.

Kelly spoke at a news conference Monday, two days after child sexual abuse charges were filed against Sandusky and about an hour before two high-ranking Penn State administrators were to face arraignment on charges they lied to a grand jury and failed to properly report suspected child abuse by the ex-football coach.

State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan also spoke at the conference, saying that children who are sexually abused usually don’t come forward until they are adults because they fear not being believed. He too asked Sandusky’s alleged victims to come forward now that they are adults.

“Who is going to believe them when they’re accusing an icon,” Noonan said. “Children who are sexually abused are scarred for life.”

Late Sunday, after an emergency meeting of the board of trustees, university President Graham Spanier announced that Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school's senior vice president for business and finance, would be leaving their posts.

Curley requested to be placed on administrative leave so he could devote time to his defense, and Schultz will be going back into retirement, Spanier said. Both men have maintained they are innocent of any wrongdoing in connection with the probe into whether Sandusky sexually abused eight boys - preteens and young teenagers - over a 15-year period.

State Attorney General Linda Kelly and state police Commissioner Frank Noonan gave the 1 p.m. Monday news conference about the case a few miles from the Harrisburg court where Curley and Schultz will be arraigned. The proceeding is scheduled for immediately after that.

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