Police, prosecutors and sex crime experts say that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky’s alleged abuse is illustrative of sex predation across the country. According to the Washington Post, Sandusky's case is an extremely high-profile version of what police departments and social services offices see regularly: A man in a position of trust is accused of abusing those who are most vulnerable.
Capt. Bill Carson of the Maryland Heights, Mo., police department, a 32-year veteran who has studied imprisoned sex offenders, noticed similarities between his cases and the Penn State case right away.
“I interviewed a lot of charismatic people that would appear to be really nice people if you didn’t know what they were in prison for,” he told the Post. “They came across as being very pleasant. A lot of them had been in a position of trust. They were youth pastors or school teachers or YMCA volunteers, Boy Scout leaders, Little League coaches."
“They were well respected and well thought of in their career,” Carson said. “And when the charges came down, everyone was shocked.”
The Penn State sex scandal and cover-up has rocked the world of college football. The hearing for Former athletic director Tim Curley and former University Vice-President Gary Schultz have been rescheduled for December 16.
To read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/penn-state-case-paints-familiar-portrait-for-police-experts-victims/2011/11/23/gIQAibzOAO_story.html
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