Failed Background Check Denied Accused Sex Abuser in Penn State Scandal Volunteer Coaching Job in 2010

In a story first reported by WHP-TV CBS Channel 21 News in South Central Pennsylvania, Jerry Sandusky – the former Penn State University assistant football coach currently charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse in a Grand Jury Presentment (WARNING: Graphic Material) – failed a background check for a volunteer football coaching position at Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania in 2010 after he did not disclose that he was under investigation for child abuse at a high school in another county in the state.

CBS 21 News reports that the accusations at the high school arose after a student’s mother reported that her son was sexually assaulted by Sandusky, who was working as a volunteer football coach, the same job that he applied for at Juniata College, and that the college subsequently wrote in a rejection letter to Sandusky: “You failed to include this information on the background verification form that you filled out at the time of your interview.” After being denied the position, CBS 21 News reports Juniata College informed the football coach at the time Sandusky could not be associated with the school’s football program.

As reported previously in the ESR News blog ‘Penn State Scandal Shows Why Charities Should Background Check Members with Access to Vulnerable Populations,’ the 67-year-old Sandusky – who maintains his innocence – allegedly used the charity that he founded for underprivileged boys to gain access to his victims. According to Page 1 of the 23-page Grand Jury Presentment (WARNING: Graphic Material), Sandusky “founded The Second Mile, a charity initially devoted to helping troubled young boys. It was within The Second Mile program that Sandusky found his victims.” Later on Page 1, the Grand Jury Presentment stated that through the charity, “Sandusky had access to hundreds of boys, many of whom were vulnerable due to their social situations.”

The troubling allegations surrounding Sandusky, along with the news of the failed background check, emphasizes the need for organizations such as charities and volunteer organizations to protect the very same vulnerable populations that they aim to protect: the elderly, the informed, people with special needs, and children. One way of protecting vulnerable populations is by performing background checks on members and volunteers for charities and other non-profit organizations to avoid “bad hires” of workers too unfit, unqualified, dishonest, and dangerous for jobs with access to vulnerable people.

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