Penn State Scandal: Child Services Investigating Possible Sandusky Victims
Just when you thought the Jerry Sandusky scandal couldn't get any worse, it has.
Sarah Ganim of The Patriot-News reports two cases have been opened by the Children and Youth Services in Pennsylvania. These would be the first alleged victim since Sandusky was charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse.
The important thing to remember here is that these victim differ from the rest in that they are still children. As the report states, Child Services only looks into cases when the alleged victim are under the age of 18.
After that, the cases are handled solely by police investigators. These new cases now bring up the heated debate that charges were brought much later than they should have been.
This originally stemmed from the fact that a 15-year-old Clinton County boy first alleged crimes and a grand jury investigation was launched instead of an immediate arrest.
The report alleges that the increase in interest in the case took off from a changing of the guard as it were. The report states:
Attorney General Tom Corbett was elected Governor and took office in January 2011, he appointed state police commissioner Frank Noonan, who increased the number of investigators to eight.
Corbett recently described why charges were not brought on the new allegations until a proper investigation of the prior ones were fulfilled.
The one thing you do not want to do as a prosecutor is go on one case. ... You want to show a continued course of action.
If a first set of charges are filed early and you were to lose that one case, it would be much more difficult to bring charges in other cases because it would be seen by you, by the public, as vindictive.
The police investigators were hopefully working under the assumption that if Sandusky is going to be charged, it is going to be for every single alleged victim, not merely the new ones that have been discovered recently.
Corbett states in the report that there are two actions that investigators could have taken. One was to file charges the other was to build a much tighter case over the course of time. He stands behind his team to the fullest of confidence.
If the allegations are true, the hope is that Sandusky gets every last ounce of justice thrown his way because of it.
The sad and tragic part is that the tale seems to continue unfolding in the most awful ways. We can only hope that it stops this horrible trend shortly.
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