Penn State scandal timeline: Sandusky arrested, AD charged, Paterno fired
The rapidly evolving scandal at Penn State has already claimed the jobs of three prominent members of the university community. Here's a timeline of the events.
Nov. 4: Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is indicted on dozens of counts of child sexual abuse. A grand jury statement reveals the gristly details of mutliple accounts of alleged sexual acts on children he met through the foundation he ran off the State College, Pa. campus.
Nov. 5: Sandusky turns himself into authorities. He is arraigned and released on $100,000 bail. At the same time, authorities announce felony perjury charges against Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the school's vice president for finance and business. They're both charged with perjury and failure to report a sexual assault.
Nov. 6: Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, who is named in the grand jury statement as being informed by a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, of the abuse, says he told the grand jury that he reported the assault to Curley in line with university and legal requirements. Curley and Schultz step down from their positions.
Nov. 7: Curley and Schultz are arraigned and released on $75,000 bail each.
Nov. 8: Despite saying he was ready to address the ongoing scandal, the university cancels Paterno's weekly press availability. Later at night, Paterno addresses a large crowd that had gathered at his home.
Nov. 9: Early in the day, Paterno announces that he'll retire at the end of the 2011 season, saying "I wish I would have done more." However, later that night, the school decided to immediately fire Paterno and university president Graham Spanier.
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