Officer: Jerry Sandusky should have been charged in 1998
By MARK SCOLFORO and GENARO C. ARMAS Associated Press June 14, 2012 11:00AM
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for the fourth day of his trial at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa., Thursday, June 14, 2012. Sandusky faces 52 counts of child sex-abuse involving 10 boys over a 15-year span. (AP Photo/Centre Daily Times, Nabil K. Mark)
Updated: June 14, 2012 12:56PM
BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A police detective who investigated Jerry Sandusky in 1998 says he still believes charges should have been filed then, but the district attorney didn’t do so.
Ronald Schreffler testified Thursday he interviewed Sandusky in 1998 after a woman complained about her 11-year-old son and the former Penn State assistant football coach showering together.
Schreffler says he felt charges were warranted, but Ray Gricar, the DA at the time, didn’t agree.
Gricar disappeared in 2005 and has been declared legally dead.
Earlier Thursday, the alleged victim in that 1998 encounter described Sandusky lathering him up and lifting him under a showerhead to rinse his hair.
Under cross-examination, the man acknowledged staying in contact with Sandusky for years.