The Penn State sex-abuse scandal is rapidly becoming a thicket of, at best, entangled conflicts of interest, or something even worse….
Tim McNulty reports for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Nov. 17, 2011, that:
- Robert Poole, the chairman of Jerry Sandusky‘s charity Second Mile, also had the construction contract to do the charity’s $11.5 million learning center project.
- Penn State University, which was also the employer of Sandusky, sold the real estate property for the Second Mile‘s learning center project — for less than market value.
- Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett‘s administration approved pouring $3 million in state money into the Second Mile project, which has since been put on hold. (Jon Schmitz)
- Past and present board members of Second Mile (and their families) gave a total of $641,481 to Tom Corbett‘s political campaigns. Among the donors was Robert Poole, who gave $11,258. (Deadspin)
- Robert Poole also contributed about $2,400 to the campaign of Magisterial District Judge Leslie Dutchcot, who arraigned Jerry Sandusky and set the $100,000 unsecured bail, in spite of the Attorney General’s Office asking for a higher, cash bail and electronic monitoring. [Centredaily.com]
- Leslie Dutchcot was a volunteer and donor for Sandusky‘s Second Mile.
Fox News just published financial records showing Penn State, the employer of Jerry Sandusky, received a total of over $250,000 in food and lodging fees from Sandusky’s charity, the Second Mile, as payment for five weeks of sleepover camps.
More on the Sandusky investigation and Second Mile from the NYT:
Meanwhile, investigators served numerous subpoenas on the Second Mile, according to people with knowledge of the inquiry. Not only did they want the names of children who had been through the program, they also demanded all of Sandusky’s travel and expense records.
Much of the older paperwork was stored at an off-site records facility. The travel and expense records, for instance, had been sent over several years earlier. But select members of the charity’s board of directors were alarmed to learn recently that when the records facility went to retrieve them, some of those records — from about 2000 to 2003 — were missing.
The attorney general’s office was notified of the missing files, people with knowledge of the case said. Subsequently, the foundation located apparently misfiled records from one of the years, but the rest seem to have disappeared.