If you thought the case against Jerry Sandusky could not get worse, you were wrong:
The judge who granted bail to former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was a volunteer for his Second Mile charity, according to her biography on her former law firm’s website.
Sandusky was arrested on Nov. 5 and charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse of young boys over a 15-year period.
Deadspin, a sports blog, reported that upon Sandusky’s arraignment, prosecutors requested $500,000 bail for Sandusky. They also wanted him to wear a leg monitor.
However, Judge Leslie Dutchcot freed Sandusky on $100,000 unsecured bail, meaning he’ll only have to pay if he doesn’t show up for court.
The judge’s profile on her former law firm’s website states that she volunteered at the Second Mile, the same organization where Sandusky allegedly found his victims.
I am not one for conspiracy theories, but I must admit this looks a lot like a conspiracy. We already have at least half a dozen people who knew or heard of Sandusky abusing boys and did nothing. We already have an investigation against Sandusky that ended in dismissal. We already had a prosecutor go missing, along with the hard drive from his laptop. We already have the board of The Second Mile banning Sandusky from contact with children, but not reporting him to the police. And now we have a judge who volunteered at the charity letting Sandusky out on unsecured bail.
Judge Dutchcot should have recused herself. This sort of this always looks bad, and there was no excuse for not stepping down and letting another judge deal with this. Now it looks like she let him out as a favor.
Also in the news is a 1987 interview NBC did with Sandusky. In the interview Sandusky states:
I enjoy being around children. I enjoy their enthusiasm I just have a good time with them. Everybody needs people to care for them. Sometimes they don’t want it. Sometimes they don’t understand what you’re trying to do, but they want to be disciplined. Kids are growing up awfully fast today.
Yes, in light of the allegations that sounds incredibly disturbing. Yes, it is possible that he was abusing children at that time. Yes, it is possible that he may have meant something else by his comments. However, it is also possible that Sandusky genuinely meant what he stated.
I know people want to view him as a monster. I completely agree that his acts, which I think happened, are monstrous. Yet that does not mean it is impossible that he genuinely helped some kids. This man may have done horrible things, but he may have also done good things. He may have really meant what he said without any nefarious motives. I am not writing that to defend him, only to check people before they start turning every remark Sandusky ever made into some underhanded sex-based comment.