WYTV-TV, Youngstown, Ohio
November 7, 2011
Over the weekend, former Penn State Defensive Coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested for alleged sexual misconduct with eight young boys.
He now faces 40 criminal charges for incidents that occurred between 1994 and 2009. To add to this controversy, Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz are charged with not reporting the alleged abuse and then lying to the grand jury.
"Someone who regularly deals with young people who becomes aware of an allegation of sexual abuse has a mandatory responsibility to report that abuse," said former Lawrence County District Attorney Matt Mangino.
Fallout from the scandal has shocked and angered students and alumni, including our station's reporter Gerry Ricciutti, who serves as the president of the Greater Youngstown Chapter of Penn State Alumni.
"If there are people who are implicated that have done something wrong, whether it's through what they've done or not done, then there needs to be consequences," Ricciutti said.
Reaction at the Penn State Shenango campus seemed mixed on Monday. Several students said they're not even following the story, while others said they're disappointed in the news.
"If he is guilty they could take the correct steps to solve the issue. So things like this won't happen in the future," said student Kelvin Jordan.
"Quite honestly if everything is true, they need to clean house down there," said student Steven Shook.
Sandusky, Curley and Schultz all posted bond and all three maintain their innocence.