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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/07/2011

Penn State scandal press conference live blog: Attorney General Kelly on Sandusky investigation


Linda Kelly discusses the investigation into allegations that Jerry sexually abused children. (Daniel Shanken / AP)
1:26 p.m.

Linda Kelly and Frank Noonan are taking questions now. Kelly says she cannot comment on whether there will be further charges against other people.

As for Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, Kelly says she can divulge nothing other than what is in the grand jury presentment. (Read it here. Warning: it’s graphic.)

The identity of the victim who was observed being assaulted by a graduate assistant in 2002 is not know and Kelly again urged that person to come forward.

Kelly reiterates that the graduate assistant reportd to Paterno, who did as required and reported to university officials — the two men who have been charged.

As for whether there will be other charges (child endangerment, for instance): “All I can is the investigation continue,” Kelly said.

Kelly is asked about the difficulty with prosecuting a case in which the identity of the victims is not known. “It’s not necessary to identify the victim under the law if there is a witness who can corroborate and testify to what happened.”

Kelly says that Paterno is “not regarded as a target at this point.”

Of the eight victims named in the indictments against Sandusky, the identities of all but two are known,Kelly says.

The press conference in Harrisburg, Pa., has ended.

1:10 p.m.

Frank Noonan opens by saying: “This is not about football. This is a case about children who have had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it.”

Noonan points out that Sandusky allegedly was seen by others, including a janitor, of seeing sexual assaults on children. He points out that nothing was done, police were not called.

Noonan explains how difficult it is for child victims, particularly those who are at-risk children from disadvantaged backgrounds (as Sandusky’s victims allegedly were), to come forward, that it takes years. They often don’t step forward with complaints until they are young adults.

1:05 p.m.

Attorney General Linda Kelly says in an opening statement that she and Frank Noonan, the state police commissioner, will attempt to answer questions but reminds that this is an ongoing investigation and that grand jury information will not be discussed.

Kelly points out that some of the sexual assaults of young boys that Jerry Sandusky is charged with occurred when he worked for the university, as defensive coordinator and afterward. Some of the assaults occurred in the campus’ Lasch Football Building. There is a “disturbing pattern of sexual assaults on young boys,” she said

Kelly urges the victim of the 2002 shower incident — whose identity is not known — to come forward.

Kelly points out that citizens are compelled to report crimes, particularly the sexual abuse of a child, and points out that Sandusky’s alleged crimes were not reported to law enforcement authorities. Grand jury testimony indicates that a graduate assistant and coaches told athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business. They did not, she says, report it and have been charged with failure to report a crime and with perjury. They are to appear in court at 2 p.m.

12:45 p.m.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly and Frank Noonan, the state police commissioner, will speak at 1 p.m. about the charges of child sex abuse filed against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on Saturday.

They are expected to discuss the three-year investigation that led to the charges against Sandusky, as well as charges of perjury and failure to report a crime filed against Tim Curley and Gary Schultz. Curley stepped down as athletic director Sunday night and Schultz, vice president for finance and business, returned to retirement. Curley and Schultz are to appear in court today.

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Mike Wise: If allegations are true, Joe Paterno partly to blame

Court report: Grand jury finding (Warning: Contents are graphic.)

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