In May of 2012, the prosecution filed a motion to change the date of the 2002 McQueary episode to 2001. The defense had contended all along that the incident happened in 2001, yet the state didn't believe Amendola's and Sandusky's claims.
However, all that changed in May, when Sara Ganim reported...
Sara proceeded to write absolutely nothing about the reason for the change -- Pulitzer winning journalism at it's finest.
At trial, the public would finally hear the reason for the date change. And similar to the story about the "circle search" to find victims, the investigative methods of OAG Detective Tony "TV Guide" Sassano used to determine the date don't pass the logic test.
Trial Testiony of Tony "TV Guide" Sassano
Next, he stated that the other thing he did was to look at the years when there would have been openings on the staff and that made him focus on 2001.
Neither explanation passes the logic test.
First, Spring Break at Penn State occurs in March. February 9th would be just a few weeks into the semester and wouldn't make sense to be in the time frame of Spring Break.
To determine the dates for Spring Break, all Sassano needed to do was pull up the PSU baseball or softball press releases to identify the possible dates, which were: March 2, 2001; March 1, 2002; and March 7, 2003. He could have bought three TV Guides instead of twenty.
Also, if he did go to the trouble of buying twenty TV Guides, then he should be able to produce his expense report for the purchase. Back issues of TV Guide are not inexpensive. Most run about $5 per issue, but some in that time frame he mentioned costs as much as $18.95. I don't think Sassano would shell out $130 out of his pocket and not get reimbursed.
He could buy a couple nice bottles of scotch with that money.
Second, McQueary was hired as a full time assistant in 2004, making 2003 the first logical year to focus on if there was doubt about the year -- given McQueary's testimony was that Paterno thought he was calling about a job opening. Then the next logical year would have been 2001. But Sassano never bothered to check the 2003 TV Guides
Maybe he just got lucky by guessing 2001 first and also guessing that somehow the incident occurred in early February, not early March.
Too bad he wasn't that lucky when it came to quickly identifying victims and getting Sandusky off the streets.
Then again, why were they even checking on the date? They'd gone eighteen months and through several judicial proceedings with it identified as 2002.
- November 2010 -- OAG investigators and police interviewed McQueary who set the date as the night before Spring break 2002.
- December 2010 -- McQueary testified to the March 2002 date at the grand jury.
- January 2011 -- Gary Schultz informed Cynthia Baldwin of existence of his Sandusky files. Baldwin likely recovered the files.
- November 2011 -- Grand jury presentment stated the date as the night before Spring Break, 2002.
- December 2011 -- Sassano and McQueary testifed at the preliminary perjury hearing that the date was March 2002.
- December 2011 -- Freeh hired to investigate Sandusky matter at PSU.
- January 2012 -- Freeh interviews Cynthia Baldwin -- receives Schultz's files
- May 2012 -- Prosecutors changed date from 2002 to 2001.
- June 2012 -- PSU announced that Freeh turned over e-mail evidence to the Attorney General.
- June 2012 -- Sassano testified to setting the date by reviewing TV Guides from 2001 and 2002.
While Freeh stated all the e-mail evidence and files his team discovered were immediately turned over to the Attorney General as evidence for the prosecution of Sandusky and the ongoing investigation of the other PSU officials, it is likely Freeh didn't discover anything.
This pattern is endemic to the case, as exemplified by the procurement of the 1998 police report eighteen months after the AG learned of it, the subpoenas procured months after talking to the janitors and football staff, and the warrant for Sandusky's home, which was not used for finding any of the victims.
None of the dates in the case can be trusted.
The Bottom LineGiven the failure of Sassano and the police to surface a single victim in the three-year investigation of Sandusky, Sassano concocted the TV Guide and the circle search stories in order to convince the public that there were a few successes by the OAG and the police in this failed investigation.
The preponderance of evidence shows that Cynthia Baldwin provided the AG with the evidence to correct the date of the incident from 2002 to 2001.
Stay tuned....the Commonwealth's shenanigans don't end here.
Note: While I believe Sandusky is guilty of many of the crimes for which he was convicted, I am also convinced he did not get a fair trial -- as our system of justice requires.