Summarizing a two hour show isn't easy.
I'll begin by getting to the BOTTOM LINE of interview and then highlighting the evidence, including new information (or lesser reported information) that should make for an interesting read for those of you who don't have two hours to listen.
But after you read this, you'll want to listen.
SUMMARY (starts at 100:48)
The evidence in the Sandusky case supports that former officials of the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (OAG) - since at least 1998 - have been involved in protecting wealthy individuals with political/financial ties to Republican Party, The Second Mile (TSM) charity and to Penn State University (PSU).
PSU and Louis Freeh were complicit in ensuring these individuals were not touched by the scandal (pun intended).
Among the individuals who meet the description above are former Second Mile Board Members Bruce Heim, Robert Poole, Lance Shaner, and Richard (Ric) Struthers. These individual's ties to PSU and TSM were ignored by the Harrisburg Patriot News and by Louis Freeh.
Because of the protection scheme, it is highly likely that the Sandusky investigation would ended without a trial had it not been for a political vendetta that former PA Governor Tom Corbett had against former PSU President Graham Spanier.
In order to exact the vendetta, Corbett had his AG office make a case against Spanier while making every attempt to not implicate TSM or entities of the Pennsylvania government (i.e., child protective services and the police).
There is also a very good possibility that government officials and others made use of TSM as a child sex trafficking operation -- and that this was the prominent reason for the foot dragging on the investigation of Sandusky.
Finally, the porngate case revealed that some government officials were trading inappropriate and/or pornographic emails instead of investigating the Sandusky case.
SUPPORTING EVIDENCE DISCUSSED ON SHOW
The clearing of Sandusky in 1998 and the foot-dragging on the Sandusky case and the avoidance of investigating TSM in 2008 to 2011 point to Tom Corbett and his AG's office colluding to protect individuals with ties to the charity, the GOP, and Penn State.
Corbett recommended Freeh to conduct the PSU investigation of Sandusky. Freeh's investigation did not discuss any of the business relationships you will read here, but instead mimicked the biased media reports on the insignificant ties between PSU alumni, PSU sports and TSM.
One of those who went unreported was Robert Poole, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors at TSM who held parties at his mansion that were attended by TSM children. He is a distinguished alumnus and key donor/fundraiser for Penn State University also hosted a fund raiser for former Governor Tom Corbett. Poole owns a construction business and had many contracts worth millions of dollars with PSU.
Ric Struthers cut a $30 million dollar deal with PSU for MBNA to be the official credit card of the Penn State Alumni Association. Struthers had a connection to Louis Freeh through his job at MBNA. According to one alleged victim, he visited Struthers' MBNA Suite in Beaver Stadium.
Local State College businessman Bruce Heim is involved in real estate and owns The Apartment Store - the official sponsor of the (PSU) Beaver Stadium Student Section. Heim also is a member of the ownership group of the Hilton Garden Hotel that was used by Sandusky as a private location to molest children. Heim was involved in TSM's Friend Fitness program -- the very program Sandusky used to get his victims alone for one-on-one workouts and showering. Heim set up a similar program in the Philadelphia area at the Upper Main Line YMCA.
Lance Shaner had the unfortunate circumstance to be associated with TSM and the Hole in the Wall Gang (in Connecticut) that were both rocked by sex scandals. GOP headquarters in Harrisburg is named for Shaner, who also is the CEO of Rex Energy (natural gas) and Shaner Hotels. Shaner co-owns a plane with Heim, in a partnership called Charlie Brown Air.
There were reports of a plane occasionally flying from State College to the Cayman's. Perhaps some of this money made it onto Charlie Brown Air and then to the Cayman's (off-shore accounts).
A less well known individual from the Philadelphia area owned a very successful corporation and also was the sponsor of a grant giving charity. This individual donated at least $75,000 to TSM and was named an Honorary Director at one time.
This person attended Girard College for boys in Philadelphia - a school that has had its share of sex scandals. According to one Philadelphia writer, he had more sex as a boy at Girard than he did in college.
All this money flowing around the charity's board members and donors, yet none of the people involved were mentioned by any major news media, while the blame was all directed at Paterno and Penn State. Why is that?
Ed Opperman's Response: "Now that's starting to make sense. If I've got an operation where I've got little kids and I'm handing them over to people, now you can blackmail or they're going along with it because they know you have pictures of them with little kids. Now you start getting all these contracts and building contracts. Now, the crap hits the fan and its not coming out of my pocket cause we can take it out of Penn State. Am I onto something?"
Me: "Yes. Because actually in the settlements, they said -- Penn State wrote a provision in the settlements that the claimants couldn't turn around and sue Second Mile....these guys are covering themselves and they're covering their buddies."
JERRY'S M.O. & OTHER POSSIBLE PEDOPHILES
Jerry Sandusky would identify potential victims during The Second Mile's (TSM) Summer Challenge Camp. According to FBI expert, Ken Lanning, pedophiles may eventually develop an expertise at identifying the most vulnerable children. Sandusky would introduce himself and obtain their names, putting those names on a list.
As the founder and face of TSM, Jerry did whatever he wanted to do at the charity -- which likely included reviewing the participant records to get background information on the boys over the course of the year. Using his research, he would narrow down and select his targets for victimization, marking those names with an asterisk and approach them at their second year of attending camp.
After the camp was over, he reached out to them for one-on-one activities and then use a screening process based on the degree to which a child would go before rebuffing his advances. Those who rebuffed early would still be kept around, however, Sandusky would eventually find boys who didn't resist. Those boys ended up in long term -- almost boyfriend-girlfriend type - relationships with Sandusky until they turned about 15. At that point they would break off relations. Sandusky typically did not take the break ups very well and in one instance made over 60 calls to one child. He would also write them letter to try to get them back.
Ed Opperman: "You mentioned how he operated. That stuff. It's fascinating. I've never heard this before, One year he would pick the ones he wanted, do research on them, then start working on them the next year,
Me: That's Correct.
Ed: How did we know that. How did that come out?
Me: Well, I'm the person that put it out, okay. But and if you read the grand jury presentment and you fill in the gaps the investigators didn't fill in -- because they weren't very good -- they put a narcotics investigator in charge of a child sex abuse investigation.
Ed: When I listen to you talk, I have my head in my hands when I listen to this. It's amazing. The guy, he had, he set up like a business where he could lure them in -- a huge number of them -- and whittle them down, funnel them down to the ones he wanted to victimize.
Ed: Was there any indications that he could have been sharing these kids with other pedophiles because they do have a tendency to do that right?
Me: Yeah, they do
Two other TSM donors -- who were pictured in Sandusky's book Touched -- also were involved in highly questionable activities.
(16:40) One man pictured in Sandusky's book (Person A) grew up fatherless in Washington, Pennsylvania -- Sandusky's home town. He was not a big donor to TSM, however Sandusky's appeal revealed that he allegedly provided a used pick-up truck to victim A.M. Person A owns a business in New Jersey.
A.M. also was involved in an unusual transaction that included TSM's Executive Director, Dr. Jack Raykovitz giving him a grant of $1,600 (sic). Sandusky then set up a checking account for A.M. to deposit the money. A.M. then wrote a check to Raykovitz for $1600 (sic) for the purchase of a used Toyota Camry. Kind of looks like money laundering.
A federal agent jokingly referred to the TSM investigation as the "Cars For Kids" case.
Another individual (Person B) provided grants of $500 to a Sandusky victim (A.M.) in 2001 and 2002, identical $500 grants in the same year to another TSM participant (F.P), and a grant of $290 to another victim in 2000.
The victim who allegedly received the $290 stated he was unaware of the grant. Moreover, A.M. stated that Sandusky showed him a stock account worth $500 and that Person B was someone Sandusky relied upon for stock advice.
Additional investigation revealed the Sandusky served on the Compensation, Stock Option, and Audit Committee of Person B's charity. It seems that those who believed Sandusky was no master-mind may have it wrong. Jerry was a lot more intelligent than anyone knew.
I worked with a team of accountants and a fraud expert to determine that at least $1 million dollars per year was missing from the charity's revenues each year over a several year period.
Without subpoena power or the ability to get search warrants, I have no idea where the money went. It's up to law enforcement to figure it out.
Ed: "How far have you traced it?"
Me: "Well, as I said, you go to his book, and the one person running a charity in Philadelphia is connected to this. The other person who has a business in New Jersey is connected to this and donating money. Then you have political people -- judges and a senator who are all involved in the charity. And you have two years of foot dragging by the Pennsylvania government in not investigating The Second Mile."
CORRECTION: THE 2001 INCIDENT
(33:54) Ed: "Wasn't there a witness who saw him having anal sex with a little boy?
Me: Uh, no.
Ed: Then what was that incident?
Me: "Well, that was what was reported in the grand jury presentment. As it turned out, at the trial he was acquitted of that charge because the witness said no, I really didn't see that. The witness, Mike McQueary, has changed his story several times on what he actually saw."
(47:25) CLARIFICATION: JOE PATERNO's KNOWLEDGE
Ed: "Now there's a lot of people who think Paterno had to have known. What other instances was Paterno aware of these accusations and stuff?"
Me: Well, he's been accused of a lot of stuff, but there's only evidence of him being told one time in 2001.
Ed: "That's the only incident when Paterno was ever told about his?"
Me: "That's the only one you can corroborate."
Ed: "Give us an idea of what the other ones are like."
Me: "In 1998, that was the first investigation of Sandusky on Penn State's campus...this one's in the Freeh Report. There are emails between Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and the chief of police. Paterno is not on any of the emails. There's no reference to Paterno anywhere in 1998....then you have these more recent allegations coming out of these insurance settlements. There are not credible allegations whatsoever...they don't fit Sandusky's m.o. as an acquaintance offender who did this stuff in private....Even the insurance company said these claims don't look like the were vetted....I've read through all these depositions and I can pick out the authentic ones from the phonies immediately. It was that easy."
(63:51) INSURANCE CASE/SETTLEMENTS
Ed: "If it's your analysis of this that these 32 cases or allegations were just people trying to get money and stuff -- am I correct in that's what you think?"
Me: "No. No, there's actual victims -- as I said, I can go through and pick out the real ones from the fake ones pretty easy. So I would say probably the majority are authentic victims but you just have a handful of charlatans, who, you know, showed up for a payday and they weren't weeded out. And then you have some actual victims who came in and embellished their stories to get more money. Kind of a different class of fraud....civil suit didn't match up with what was given at the trial and anyone in the world could have looked up, especially Feinberg and Rozen who were these crack attorneys from (Washington) D.C. and they didn't figure it out. Feinberg and Rozen...said they were just mediating financial settlements in a fair and equitable manner. There was no vetting of these claims -- it was just a bargaining deal."
Ed: "So what's your take on this?"
(65:57) PENN STATE IS HIDING SOMETHING WORSE
Me: "Penn State, when this grand jury presentment came out, they basically get rid of Spanier and Paterno...they knew this was coming for at least six months, but they acted like they were panicked. There's high powered lawyers on the Board of Trustees at the time they are removing Spanier and Paterno. One of the guys names is Ken Frazier, who is the CEO of Merck and who was the General Counsel of Merck when they fought the Vioxx lawsuits. And he fought all those individually so that they could lower out the payouts. You have that brilliant lawyer sitting there and they fire Paterno and Spanier. They throw the other two guys -- Curley and Schultz -- under the bus. And according to a fair reading of the laws, these guys hadn't broken any laws.
When they asked the head of the Board, the Vice-Chairman, who took over in a coup at the time, John Surma, what they read or how they deliberated this, he basically said they just read newspaper reports and what was in the presentment....
...so from that day forward, it was we fired these guys and now we're going to do everything in our power to make sure the public believes that we fired them for the right reasons.
Ed: "And that was worth $93 million to them?"
Me: "It's more than that. It's like $200 million when you consider all the legal costs involved. They paid the NCAA $60 million that they didn't have to pay them because they knew there were no NCAA violations in January of 2012. I actually have personal notes of then-President Rod Erickson. There's a page of his notes that says they haven't found any NCAA violations. None were ever found....If you read the emails back and forth at the NCAA, they're saying we got nothing. These are outside the statute of limitations to fine Penn State.
But low and behold, what did Penn State say? ...fine us $60 million...and what's this based on? The Freeh Report which also doesn't say anything.
So there's this series of events -- and all of these decisions -- the firing of Paterno, the removal of Spanier, the acceptance of the Freeh Report, the acceptance of the NCAA Consent Decree, taking down Paterno's statue -- none of these things were done by a vote of the Board. These were all unilateral decisions made by one person or a small group of people.
Ed: "What is your reason for that? Because I can only see a couple of reasons for that. One would be extreme incompetence."
Me: "Rule that one out."
Ed: "The other would be to cover-up. They want to cover up something bigger."
Me: "That's correct. I believe your on to something there, Ed."
(go to 70:24 to listen to the rest, where we talk about the 1998 incident, DA Ray Gricar, the recent arrest of Christopher Lee on pornography charges, and the financial relationships between PSU Alumni, U.S. Steel, Merck, and The Second Mile).