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Joe Paterno Dead at 85

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Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno has died, his family confirmed today. He was eighty-five.

Mr. Paterno became entangled in controversy after allegations emerged of long-term sexual abuse by an assistant coach. He was fired on November 9.

He became the winningest coach in major college football history in 2011 with 409 wins.

Under the man affectionately known as “Joe Pa,” the Nittany Lions won two national championships, went undefeated five times and finished in the top 25 national rankings 35 times, according to his official Penn State biography.

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FBI Expands Antiquated Definition of Rape

For the first time in eighty years, the FBI has amended its definition of “rape.”  After years of push from women’s rights groups and gay advocacy groups, Attorney General Eric Holder announced the new definition, expanded from the 1929 version.

Robert Mueller, Director of the FBI, officially announced the change last week. Image courtesy of FBI Files.

The earlier definition of rape was “the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her will.”  Over the years, this definition did not protect men who found themselves victims, nor did it protect other forms of sexual assault against women.

The new definition reads as follows: “The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or the anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”

Every year, the FBI compiles data about crime in the U.S. in its Uniform Crime Report (UCR).  Thousands of rapes against men and women were not included in the data because the acts did not fit the narrow definition of rape many police departments use.

For example, the Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky case would not have been in the UCR, even though he is being investigated for the rape of ten boys.  In 2010, the Chicago Police Department reported about 1,400 sexual assaults, but none of them were included in the UCR because they did not fit the government’s definition of rape.

Although every state has its own definition of rape, the FBI is hopeful that the change in the federal standard will cause the states to follow suit.

The change comes from advocacy by Vice President Joseph Biden. FBI Director Robert Mueller said that the previous definition was “unworkable” and “not fully applicable to the types of crimes that it should cover.”  The new definition will take a couple of years to be fully implemented.

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BREAKING: Sandusky Waives Preliminary Hearing

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing young boys, surprised a courtroom Tuesday by waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.

After Magistrate Judge Robert Scott asked Mr. Sandusky if he understood he was waiving certain rights, the former coach said yes. The courtroom erupted in conversation, and the judge admonished the crowd. Mr. Sandusky and his attorney left shortly afterward.

His arraignment is set for January 11.

Mr. Sandusky faces more than fifty counts involving the alleged sexual molestation of ten boys he met through a youth charity he founded.

Mr. Sandusky has acknowleged showering and “horsing around” with boys, and said he has an attraction to children, but said it is not sexual .

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BREAKING: Jerry Sandusky Arrested Again on New Charges

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has been arrested again on new child sex charges. The move raises the total number of alleged victims to ten people.

The new charges include four counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and two counts of unlawful contact with a minor.

When earlier allegations arose, the longtime defensive coördinator maintained his innocence and said he only “horsed around” with disadvantaged boys in his care. He had been free on $100,000 bail. The grand jury report made public last month detailed forty charges against Sandusky in a child sex abuse scandal involving at least eight alleged victims and spanning fifteen years.

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Jerry Sandusky Sits Down with The New York Times

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sat down with The New York Times in his first extended interview since his indictment on sexual abuse charges. The interview lasted nearly four hours over two days. Mr. Sandusky agreed to the interview because he said prosecutors distorted his decades of work with children had been distorted by prosecutors.

In it, Mr. Sandusky said Coach Joe Paterno never spoke to him about any suspected misconduct. Mr. Sandusky also said the charity he worked for never restricted his access to children until he was the subject of a criminal investigation in 2008.

The failure by Mr. Paterno to act aggressively after being told in 2002 that Mr. Sandusky molested a ten-year-old boy in the showers of the university’s football building played a role in Mr. Paterno’s firing last month after sixty-two years at Penn State. Mr. Sandusky said that Mr. Paterno did not confront him over the accusation, despite the fact that Mr. Sandusky had been one of his assistant coaches for three decades and was a regular presence at the football team’s complex for years after the 2002 episode.

Mr. Sandusky insisted he never sexually abused a child, but he confirmed events that prosecutors cited in charging him with forty counts of molesting young boys, all of whom came to know Mr. Sandusky through the charity he founded, the Second Mile.

Mr. Sandusky said he gave money to the disadvantaged boys at his charity, opened bank accounts for them, and gave them gifts that had been donated to the charity.

Prosecutors have said Mr. Sandusky used such gifts as a way to build a sense of trust and loyalty among boys he then repeatedly abused.

Mr. Sandusky described what he admitted was a family and work life that could often be chaotic, one that lacked some classic boundaries between adults and children, and thus one that was open to interpretation.

He said his household in State College, Pennsylvania, came to be a kind of second home for dozens of children from the charity, a place where games were played, wrestling matches staged, sleepovers arranged, and from where trips to out-of-town sporting events were launched. Asked why he interacted with children who were not his own without the typical safeguards other adults might apply (showering with them, sleeping alone with them in hotel rooms) he said that he saw those children as his own.

He characterized his close experiences with children he took under his wing as “precious times,” and said that the physical aspect of the relationships “just happened that way.”

To read the article from which this excerpt was taken (with editing for content and space), please click over to The New York Times.


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NCAA Will Investigate Penn State’s Handling of Abuse Accusations

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The NCAA will examine whether Pennsylvania State University broke rules with its handling of the sex abuse scandal that cost the school’s president and coach their jobs.

NCAA president Mark Emmert sent a letter to Penn State president Rod Erickson saying that the governing body for college sports will look at “Penn State’s exercise of institutional control over its intercollegiate athletics programs” in the case of Jerry Sandusky, the former defensive coordinator accused of forty counts of child sex abuse.

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Penn State G.A. Who Saw Abuse Placed on Administrative Leave

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The Penn State assistant who told head coach Joe Paterno about Jerry Sandusky‘s child sex abuse in 2002 has been placed on administrative leave.

Mike McQueary‘s leave is “indefinite,” said President Rodney Ericson. McQueary, a graduate assistant in 2002 and now the wide receivers coach, told a grand jury he had witnessed Sandusky, then the defensive coördinator, sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at the campus football complex.

The scandal has led to the departure of four top university figures, including Paterno, amid scrutiny over their perceived failure to contact police.


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