Penn State child molestation case

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History

Perpetrators

Controversies

University cover-up

Ray Gricar disappearance

Political connections

Joe Paterno

Pennsylvania elites

Franklin scandal

Main article: Franklin child sex ring

Corporate connections

Second Mile charity

See also

References

External links

21st century investigation

Joe Paterno

  • The Morning Call, "Gop Nominates Bush Paterno Rips Democrats Republican Convention", 1988/08/18: "A fired-up Joe Paterno, Penn State football coach, standing on the floor of the Louisiana Superdome with the Pennsylvania delegation to the convention, gave the second of seven seconding speeches. He said the vice president is both a leader and a winner who exudes a "quiet, dignified confidence." [...] "After a lifetime of being in competition, I know a leader and I know a winner," Paterno said. "I know the difference between bravado and the quiet, dignified, confidence of a Joe DiMaggio, a Walter Payton, a George Bush. . . . He will be a great president of the United States.""
  • Washington Post, "Paterno hires D.C. criminal defense attorney Wick Sollers", 2011/11/11: "Sollers is the managing partner of King & Spalding’s Washington office and former chair of the firm’s government investigations practice. He is an experienced trial attorney who regularly represents companies in civil and criminal investigations and in the 1990’s, he represented George H.W. Bush in the Iran-Contra investigation."
  • Dave McGowan, "Random Thoughts at the Dawn of the Year 2012", 2012/02/13 - mentions Paterno's death being reported hours before it happened
  • CNN, "CNN exclusive: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim, police report reveals", 2017/09/09: "The one-page Pennsylvania state police report, obtained from a source and described here for the first time, lays out an account from whistleblower Mike McQueary, who reported to Paterno an incident he had just witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy. Paterno allegedly told McQueary in 2001 that the claim against Sandusky "was the second complaint of this nature he had received," according to the police report, which was written after Sandusky's arrest 10 years later. [...] The police report casts fresh doubt on the mountain of denials by Paterno, his family and his loyalists that the coach knew anything of Sandusky's serial molestation before the 2001 incident. It contradicts the head coach's testimony before a grand jury and his published statement a week before he died in 2012 that he "had 'no inkling' that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant" until he heard the shocking allegation from McQueary. Other documents unveiled since Paterno's death suggest the head coach was told of other similar claims as early as the 1970s."

Franklin and related cases

Ray Gricar case

  • Seattle Times, "Missing DA: Is it foul play or did he commit suicide?", 2005/04/22: "Nine months from retirement, District Attorney Ray Gricar was feeling extremely fatigued, taking naps after work or even at lunchtime, his girlfriend said. She suggested he see a doctor. Then, last Friday, he disappeared after throwing on his jeans and sneakers and taking a Friday off from work. His red-and-white Mini Cooper was found the next day near an antiques mall he liked to visit 45 miles away, on the Susquehanna River. [...] Statements from his girlfriend are raising questions about the prosecutor’s physical and mental health. Patricia Fornicola “had encouraged Gricar to seek a medical examination for any possible medical or mental conditions that may need attention,” according to court papers. For three weeks, he had been complaining of fatigue. [...] The prosecutor’s brother, Roy Gricar, had just retired from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, when he disappeared in May 1996. He had told his wife he was going out to buy mulch, and never returned. Two days later, his car was found at a Dayton park near the Great Miami River. His body later was pulled from the water and his death ruled suicide by drowning. [...] Dixon said yesterday that a police dog that sniffed around the parking lot where Gricar’s car was found acted in a way that “possibly could have meant that Ray might have gotten into another vehicle.” He also said Gricar’s laptop cannot be found."
  • Centre Daily Times, "Foul play theory weakened", 2009/04/15: "Before he disappeared on April 15, 2005, police say former District Attorney Ray Gricar used his home computer to search the Internet for information on “how to wreck a hard drive,” “how to fry a hard drive,” and “water damage to a notebook computer.” Tuesday, a day before the fourth anniversary of Gricar’s disappearance, Bellefonte Police Detective Matthew Rickard released the information, raising the question of why Gricar would have wanted to destroy that hard drive. [...] Gricar was eight months from a planned retirement when he took a drive through Brush Valley toward Lewisburg on April 15, 2005. He hasn’t been heard from since. What was believed to be the hard drive from his county-issued laptop computer was found in the Susquehanna River six months later, separated from the computer itself, which had earlier been found in the river. Two FBI labs and Kroll Ontrack, a company that was able to recover data from hard drives on board Space Shuttle Columbia after it was destroyed, all evaluated the hard drive and concluded it was too damaged for data to be recovered. [...] “I don’t think it does anything to dispel the theory that he was murdered,” said Gricar’s friend and colleague, Montour County District Attorney Bob Buehner. “As a matter of fact, I think it does the opposite. I believe that he was murdered. ... Why would he want to destroy information on a hard drive of a computer? Cause somebody wanted that information.” [...] Investigators previously had disclosed that they had, through interviews, heard that Gricar was talking about ways to erase a hard drive with friends and colleagues about 16 months before he disappeared. A box for such software was seen at his house around January 2004. “The investigation learned early on that Mr. Gricar had, in fact, purchased software to accomplish this,” Rickard said."
  • Centre Daily Times, "Southfield Sighting", 2011/02/14: "The date was Friday, May 27, 2005. The place was a restaurant in the Detroit suburb of Southfield, MI. The witness was having dinner with his daughter when he noticed someone who looked vaguely familiar; he couldn’t place the other man and pointed him out to his daughter. The man was with a woman, but one about 70 years old. The witness even said hello to the man, though the witness couldn’t place where he had seen him before. When the man returned home, he caught a repeat of a news show about Mr. Gricar, one that showed his photo. The witness instantly recognized that the photo was of the same man he had seen earlier in the day.4 The witness was more than just a run of the mill witness. He was a retired Detroit police officer who also happened to be a composite artist.4 He was possibly the best witness you could have for identifying faces. The retired officer spoke to his daughter, who agreed that it was the same man. He emailed the police. The police did a “photo lineup,” and the retired officer immediately picked out Mr. Gricar’s photo. The police checked the restaurant, and several of the employees said that the man was “familiar5.” [...] Southfield also has a foreign consulate, for the Republic of Macedonia, which was opened in 20036. This is significant because it is former Yugoslavian Republic, like Mr. Gricar’s ancestral home of Slovenia7; he had vacationed in Slovenia and had distant relatives there. It could be possible to enter Macedonia and using the documents go to Slovenia. A visa could be obtained at the consulate."
  • New York Times, "Questions on Sandusky Are Wrapped in a 2005 Mystery", 2011/11/08: "One of the questions surrounding the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky is why a former district attorney chose not to prosecute the then-Penn State assistant coach in 1998 after reports surfaced that he had inappropriate interactions with a boy. The answer is unknowable because of an unsolved mystery: What happened to Ray Gricar, the Centre County, Pa., district attorney? [...] [Assistant district attorney Anthony] De Boef said Gricar did not share any information with him about the case in 1998, which involved Sandusky allegedly showering with an 11-year-old boy. Gricar, he said, reviewed the police reports in private including, presumably, notes or recordings of two conversations that the police heard between Sandusky and the boy’s mother."
  • Deadspin, "What Is The CIA Hiding About The Missing DA Who Didn't Prosecute Jerry Sandusky In 1998? (Probably Nothing.)", 2012/04/03: "The documents we got back deal with an "URGENT" 1986 background check the FBI did on Gricar, when he was appointed by the local U.S. attorney to try federal cases. [...] the FBI consulted with the CIA before responding to my request. And the CIA refused to allow certain information to be released because it's classified "in the interest of national defense or foreign policy" and can't be disclosed in order to protect "intelligence sources and methods" as well as the names, titles, etc., of CIA personnel. [...] So it appears the spooks might actually have something on Gricar, which drags us partway into conspiracy territory. [...] But consider this: Macedonia was part of the former Yugoslavia. So was Slovenia. And Gricar's FBI file reveals trips to communist Yugoslavia during the Cold War (in 1973 and 1984). These caught the attention of the federal background checkers in 1986. They noted the Yugoslavia travel on the "name check" forms submitted to the CIA. Was Gricar spooking in the Balkans? Was he merely visiting family members in Slovenia? [...] So I returned to The Wolf, who had another interesting observation after studying Gricar's SF-86 form, which is the mandatory questionnaire the FBI gives to people up for national security jobs: There may be something worth following up. Gricar did not include his summer spent at John Carroll University (Cleveland, OH) on his SF-86. Unusual for him, because he was one of those boring, precise and extremely responsible individuals who never overlooked anything. The FBI interviewed several people at JCU, including the asst. dean who said that Gricar "took Economics 101 from an instructor who was a _______________ and departed from the staff after the summer of 1966 and did not list an address". I inserted Yugoslav in the space, and it fit."
  • Alleged suicide of Ray's brother Roy Gricar
    • Documents from case nos. CH-CA-40709 and CH-CA-50246: DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE AIR FORCE MATERIEL COMMAND 88TH AIR BASE WING WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, OHIO, Respondent and AMERICAN FEDERATION OF GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, LOCAL 1138, AFL-CIO, Charging Party, 1995 - mentions "Roy James Gricar" as part of the charging party and calls him "Vice President of Local 1138" as well as "Roy James Gricar, Vice-President American Federation of Government Employees, Local 1138 P.O. Box 1505 Fairborn, OH 45323"
    • Tom Ashley, "Will We Ever Know?": "It was 1996 and Roy Gricar and I were back at our prep school, Gilmour Academy, for our 35th reunion. [...] A year later my phone rang. It was Roy. “Tom, I’m going to be in London in two weeks,” he said. “Can we get together?” We arranged that he and his wife Carol would come to the flat where I lived with my girlfriend and that we’d have dinner together there. Roy and Carol arrived on time and we had a nice meal with several bottles of Bordeaux. At one point in the evening, Roy pulled me aside and asked if we could speak privately. He had seemed jumpy and slightly (or not so slightly) nervous. We stepped outside into the garden. He then told me his story. “My job is Civilian Approval Expenditure Manager for Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.” My eyes widened. We had all read stories about the continuing scandals of the military’s needless expenditures for $350 hammers and useless equipment, and overbilling and overpaying practices. I was primed for listening to a secret. Gricar told me about an action he had recently taken regarding a contract for the maintenance of Air Force jet engine cargo planes. [...] Roy felt that was an unsafe and incorrect procedure, and in the report he filed he said so and refused to sign off on the contract. Not long afterward, Roy said, a cargo jet crashed, killing all crew members. He immediately went back to check his files on the plane maintenance orders and recommendations. But they, along with his computer, were gone. Roy went to tell the top commanding officer at the base, but not one of the officers would speak with him about the crash. He then stopped to think and decided it would be unsafe if he went higher up in the military or even to the local police. “Tom, I’m a wreck. What do you think I should do? I feel my life is in danger.” [...] I never heard from Roy again. A year after that dinner, one of my classmates, Bill Crookson, called to tell me that Roy Gricar was dead. It had been called a suicide."
  • The Patriot-News, "Ray Gricar mystery: 2012 story examines Gricar's fiercely private life, ladies' man reputation", 2015/04/12: "But theories that seemed crazy and extreme suddenly were being discussed by reasonable people after it became clear that Gricar had played a central role in quashing a child sex abuse complaint against Sandusky in 1998. It would be 10 years until another boy's complaint would lead to a second investigation and Sandusky's arrest. Why did Gricar decide against pressing charges against the legendary coach when, by many accounts, it seemed there was at least enough evidence to take a closer look? [...] [Gricar's first wife Barbara Gray] also said she remembers Gricar talking about the now infamous police investigation of Sandusky in 1998 which did not lead to charges until a grand jury met 13 years later but declined to talk about it. [...] Why did Gricar decide to close the case? [Lead detective Matt] Rickard has gone back and searched through Gricar's files. He found no notes, memos or any paperwork at all related to the 1998 investigation. [...] it was Gricar's idea to have police hide while the mother confronted Sandusky about what happened. Sandusky told the mother: "I was wrong. I wish I could get forgiveness from you. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead." When Gricar was told about the conversation, he said he'd be in touch. He closed the case a few days later, on June 2, 1998."
  • Websleuths comments in 2018 by J. J. in Phila criticizing Gricar's decision not to prosecute Sandusky
    • "The lack of evidence reason is quite bogus. There were two victims, Victim 6 and B.K., who both reported the same thing. Neither RFG, nor anyone from the DA's Office, ever interviewed Victim 6. That, along with some other things, do show, strongly, that RFG did not want to prosecute Sandusky. One of his ADA's, who was somewhat involved with the case, said that RFG prosecute if Sandusky "received help with the problem.""
    • "While we should be very critical of RFG's decision, it was neither illegal nor unethical; DA's, for whatever reason, may decline to charge. We have seen this with other prosecutors in some other counties, regarding the Catholic Church. (I actually know, slightly, two the former prosecutors in Cambria County who did this.) PSU was a very big institution in Centre County, where, at the time, 40%-60% of the electorate either was attending, attended, worked for, or was retired from."
    • "The crimes that Sandusky was convicted of in regard to Victim 6 was "Unlawful Contract," which is a felony, child endangerment, and corruption of minors, both misdemeanors. Keep in mind that, in 1998, RFG had two victims, and that the AG, in 2012, had only one victim available. The "Unlawful Contact" conviction would have been sufficient to put Sandusky on "Meagan's List.""
    • "Based on the trial results,the police reports, and JKA's statement, we know three things that RFG did (or didn't do) in 1998. 1. He removed the designated abuse prosecutor, JKA. She says so, and the police report backs her up. 2. He never interviewed Victim 6. That is from the transcript. 3. He made his decision not to prosecute Sandusky before the LE/DPW interviewed Sandusky. That is from the police report and the court transcript."