Penn State: Former Sandusky charity board members: We needed to know
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Penn State: Former Sandusky charity board members: We needed to
Tribune News Services
December 19, 2011
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Former board members of Jerry Sandusky's charity
say its CEO never told them about a 2002 shower incident that is the
focus of child sexual abuse charges against the retired Penn State
assistant coach. If they knew Sandusky had been banned from bringing
kids on campus, they say they could have taken steps to better protect
children a decade ago.
"Not one thing was said to us," said Bradley P. Lunsford, a Centre
County judge who served on the Second Mile board between 2001 and
2005. "Not a damn thing."....
One of Raykovitz's vice presidents said Raykovitz also shared little
information with his managers about a 2008 sexual abuse complaint that
led to the current criminal charges against Sandusky.
And the head of Clinton County's child welfare agency, where the 2008
investigation began, said he told Raykovitz's wife in November 2008
that Sandusky had been spoken to about getting "too close" to children
involved with the charity. Gerald Rosamilia said Raykovitz's wife,
Katherine Genovese, who helped run The Second Mile, did not define
what was meant by "too close" or give a timeframe.
Raykovitz defended himself in a telephone interview, saying he acted
appropriately at all times. "There have always been steps in place to
protect kids," he said.
The grand jury that charged Sandusky with 52 sexual abuse-related
counts involving 10 boys said the former coach "found his victims"
through The Second Mile and committed many of his offenses inside Penn
State football buildings....
The Second Mile has been named in two civil complaints, including one
that seeks to preserve the charity's assets.
David Marshall, a Washington, D.C., lawyer who represents other
accusers, said: "It may have been only Sandusky who laid his hands on
these children, but it is clear that a number of other individuals and
agencies placed the children in harm's way by knowingly taking actions
that allowed the abuse to continue even after they became fully aware
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