The fallout from the worst idea for an exclusive interview while under indictment ever continues. It turns out that just what Jerry Sandusky admitted to Bob Costas on national television on Monday night, all of which is admissible as evidence in his trial, is enough to put him in jail for up to five years:
But under Pennsylvania’s child protection laws, what Sandusky admitted to in an interview with NBC’s Bob Costas could fit the definition of indecent exposure. If children under 16 were involved, it could be a first-degree misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Indecent exposure fits under the definition of a child sex crime, according to Pennsylvania state law.
Title 18, Chapter 31 of the Pennsylvania state code defines indecent exposure as when a person exposes his or her genitals “in any place where there are present other persons under circumstances in which he or she knows or should know that this conduct is likely to offend, affront or alarm.”
The law considers that exposure to be a second-degree misdemeanor. But the law also says: “If the person knows or should have known that any of the persons present are less than 16 years of age,” it’s a first-degree misdemeanor.
The real tell in the interview is when Costas asked Sandusky if he was sexually attracted to children, and Sandusky hesitated, mumbled something about liking the enthusiasm of children, and about 30 seconds later, said “no.” That’s one of those questions you should be able to answer with a good degree of alacrity.
Meanwhile, the evidence of a large coverup is mounting. Mike McQueary, the former quarterback and graduate assistant who witnessed the child rape in the Penn State locker room in 2002, not only insists that he ensured the rape stopped before leaving the locker room, but that he went to the police:
In a Nov. 8 email from his Penn State account, Mike McQueary wrote that he “did have discussions with police and with the official at the university in charge of police” following the alleged incident between Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, and a boy.
McQueary, now an assistant coach on administrative leave, also wrote that he “is getting hammered for handling this the right way or what I thought at the time was right.”
The full email contents are in this story in the Allentown Morning Call. I think we knew that university police were informed, but this is the first time I recall that law enforcement was said to be involved in the 2002 incident. Sandusky had already been investigated in 1998 over sex abuse charges, but they were dropped. So if the 2002 allegations went nowhere, you can assume another layer of cover-up.
This looks pretty bad too:
Joe Paterno transferred full ownership of his house to his wife, Sue, for $1 in July, less than four months before a sexual abuse scandal engulfed his Penn State football program and the university.
Documents filed in Centre County, Pa., show that on July 21, Paterno’s house near campus was turned over to “Suzanne P. Paterno, trustee” for a dollar plus “love and affection.” The couple had previously held joint ownership of the house, which they bought in 1969 for $58,000.
This certainly looks like someone trying to minimize their financial exposure in the event of civil charges. Paterno’s lawyer says it was just part of routine estate planning. But one law professor couldn’t discern any tax advantage, and saw it more like the shielding of assets in case of personal liability.
Federal law enforcement officials are now getting involved in the case. This is only going to get worse.