Guilty as sin
Former Paterno successor faces life in prison
June 17. Bellefonte. Jerry Sandusky was convicted Friday of sexually assaulting 10 boys over 15 years. When the accusations came to light, they shattered the Happy Valley image of Penn State football and led to the firing of Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno.
Sandusky, a 68-year-old retired defensive coach who was once Paterno’s heir apparent, was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts.
Sandusky showed little emotion as the verdict was read. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. He faces the possibility of life in prison.
Valley jihadist gets 11 years
Selinsgrove grad made threats on website
June 28. Alexandria, Va. A Selinsgrove Area High School graduate who converted to Islam has been sentenced to 11 1/2 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to federal charges that a website he founded had posted online threats against the creators of the “South Park” television show and others he deemed enemies of Islam.
The sentence came Friday after Jesse Curtis Morton, 33, offered an apology for his conduct, saying he “contributed to a clash of civilizations” by espousing a violent ideology.
“I justified atrocities by Muslims simply because they were carried out by the weak against the powerful,” Morton said.
Morton founded the nowdefunct Revolution Muslim website. He said he wanted the site to offer a forum for nuanced dialogue on relations between the Muslim world and the West and that he thought his website was protected by the First Amendment.
However, he admitted that the website devolved into coarse calls for violent jihad, and that he crossed the line by posting the al-Qaida magazine Inspire on the site.
Paterno stopped PSU chiefs from reporting molester, jeopardizing kids
July 13. Philadelphia. Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials buried child sexual-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago to avoid bad publicity, according to a scathing report Thursday that exposed a powerful “culture of reverence” for the football program and portrayed the Hall of Fame coach as more deeply involved in the scandal than previously thought.
The alleged coverup by Paterno, then university President Graham Spanier and two other Penn State administrators allowed Sandusky to prey on other boys for years, said the report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by the university’s trustees to investigate.
He called the officials’ behavior “callous and shocking.”
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said at a news conference in Philadelphia upon the release of the 267-page report. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”