The Timeline
News agencies report:

“Jerry Sandusky was arrested Saturday, accused of sexually assaulting or molesting eight boys as young as eight years old, spanning 15 years. One boy was assaulted as many as 20 times.”

“He was known for his work with needy children. He even helped found a charity, The Second Mile, for kids. Now, authorities say that’s where Sandusky, long-time Penn State football defensive coach, found his victims.”

“Sandusky left coaching in 1999 but retained an office and keys to Penn State’s football facilities, and that’s where some of the assaults were witnessed. During 1998, a janitor said he saw Sandusky performing a sex act on a boy between 11 and 13. In 2002, a graduate assistant reported seeing Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy as young as 10 at the complex. He reported it to coach Joe Paterno, who in turn told Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley. Both Curley and Penn State Vice President for Finance Gary Schultz are now charged with lying to the grand jury about that incident and failing to report it to authorities.”

“After 46 years as head coach, Joe Paterno is now out of a job. Paterno is ousted, at least in part, by his decision to tell his superiors but not the police of an alleged shower room rape of a young boy by Sandusky in 2002.”

Dr. Howard Fradkin joins Dr. Phil onstage. In his 29-year career as a psychologist, Dr. Fradkin has counseled over 1,000 male sex abuse survivors.

Dr. Fradkin says he’s concerned with the way this scandal is unfolding in the media. He says the first week was focused on the school and the football program. “And it was lost that there were eight victims, and now possibly 18 victims or more,” he says.

Dr. Phil goes over the timeline of the allegations against Jerry Sandusky:

1969
Sandusky is hired by Penn State as Defensive Line Coach.

1977
Sandusky founds The Second Mile.

“This is a charity that is set up to minister to at-risk children. Many say that this became the place that he used to seduce, attract and groom his victims,” Dr. Phil says.

[AD]Sandusky promoted to Penn State Defensive Coordinator.

January 1, 1983
Paterno's first national title; Sandusky is team's Defensive Coordinator.

January 2, 1987
Paterno's second national title; Sandusky is team's Defensive Coordinator.

1994
Victim 7, 10 years old, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)
1994-1995
Victim 6, 7/8 years old, meets Sandusky at a Second Mile picnic. (According to Grand Jury)

1995-1996
Victim 5 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)

1996-1997
Victim 4, 12/13 years old, meets Sandusky at The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)

1996-1998
Victim 5, 8-10 years old, taken to locker rooms and showers at Penn State by Sandusky. (According to Grand Jury)

January 1, 1998
Victim 4 listed as a member of Sandusky’s family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl. (According to Grand Jury)

1998
Victim 6, 11 years old, is taken into the locker rooms and showers. When dropped off at home, his hair is wet from showering with Sandusky. His mother reports the incident to university police, who investigate. (According to Grand Jury)

Summer 1999
Sandusky announces he will retire from Penn State at the end of the season but will have emeritus status, maintain office on campus and have access to all Penn State facilities.

When Sandusky inexplicably retired, he told ESPN: “I focus my time on putting together football camps for young kids, and that’s an emotional experience for me. I don’t get to do all the things that I wanted to do at The Second Mile camp, but I have a great time.”

[AD]“Well, it seems pretty clear that he was grooming these kids from very early on,” Dr. Fradkin says. “He’s a very dysfunctional man, and he’s teaching them to be loyal to him, and that makes it very difficult for any of them to be able to do anything to protect themselves or to talk about it.”

“In 1998, a complaint is filed. In ’99, he quits. Now that suggests to me that he may have been confronted by the Penn State officials,” Dr. Phil says. “So they give him an opportunity to retire instead of being fired, which is often the case.”Summer 2000
Victim 3 meets Sandusky through The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)

Fall 2000
A janitor observes Sandusky in the showers of Lasch Football Building with Victim 8, pinned up against the wall, performing oral sex on the boy. (According to Grand Jury)

Dr. Fradkin says, “For me, as an advocate, I want people to know, he wasn’t performing oral sex on this kid. He was orally raping him.”

March 1, 2002
Penn State graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, enters the locker room at the Lasch Football Building, sees Sandusky having intercourse with boy known as Victim 2. He tells his father immediately. (According to Grand Jury)

“In 2002, he is seen sodomizing a young boy in the showers, reportedly by Coach McQueary. At that point, it is supposedly also reported The Second Mile board. But he’s not fired from The Second Mile,” Dr. Phil says.

March 2, 2002
Mike McQueary goes to Paterno’s home to report what he has seen. (According to Grand Jury)

March 3, 2002
According to the grand jury, Paterno calls Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and tells Curley that McQueary saw Sandusky “fondling or doing something of a sexual nature.” (According to Grand Jury)

March 27, 2002 (approximate)
McQueary told by Curley that Sandusky’s locker room keys are taken away and incident has been reported to The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)

2005-2006
Victim 1, 11/12 years old, meets Sandusky through The Second Mile. (According to Grand Jury)

[AD]Spring 2007
Sandusky begins spending time with Victim 1 weekly, with overnight stays at his residence in College Township, PA. (According to Grand Jury)

Spring 2008
Victim 1’s mother calls the school to report sexual assault. Sandusky barred from school district, matter is reported to authorities as mandated by law. (According to Grand Jury)

Ten years after the first time a complaint was filed, that was the first time somebody did what the law requires, correct?” Dr. Phil asks Dr. Fradkin, who confirms. “And that’s what the outrage is about.”Early 2009
Investigation by Pennsylvania Attorney General begins when a Clinton County, PA, teen boy tell authorities Sandusky inappropriately touched him several times over a four-year period.

September 2010
Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with The Second Mile.

November 5, 2011
Sandusky arrested and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts of sexual abuse of minors. Athletic Director Tim Curley and Penn State Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz charged with perjury and failure to report allegations.

November 6, 2011
Tim Curley takes administrative leave. Gary Schultz retires from the university.

November 7, 2011
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says Paterno not target of investigation, but she refuses to say the same for University President Graham Spanier. Curley and Schulz surrender on charges that they failed to alert police to complaints against Sandusky.

November 8, 2011
Possible 9th victim of Sandusky contacts state police. Penn State cancels Paterno’s weekly press conference.

November 9, 2011
Paterno and Spanier are fired.

November 10, 2011
The university announces McQueary, a receivers coach with the team, will not be in attendance for the November 12 game against Nebraska, due to threats the State College native has received.

[AD]November 11, 2011
McQueary placed on administrative leave.

Dr. Phil reads an email that McQueary reportedly sent a friend.


Dr. Phil calls into question Paterno’s responsibility. It is alleged that he knew about the allegations of sexual abuse and reported it to his superiors but didn’t take it further. “The question is, did he do enough?” Dr. Phil asks.