Old Psych Report Says Sandusky Was 'Likely Pedophile'

Penn State police filed away psychologist's warning
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 24, 2012 1:55 PM CDT
In this Feb. 10, 2012 file photo, Jerry Sandusky speaks to the media at the Centre County Courthouse after a bail conditions hearing, in Bellefonte, Pa.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)
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(Newser) – Another fumble in Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky case: Turns out a psychologist warned school police that Sandusky's behavior fit a "likely pedophile's pattern," but the warning was filed away and forgotten, MSNBC reports. “There was very little doubt in my mind [Sandusky] … was a male predator, someone that was in the process of grooming a young man for abuse,” says Dr. Alycia Chambers. “I thought … my report was strong enough to suggest that this was somebody who should be watched.”

But to suggest anything, the report would have to be read—and an investigator in the 1998 police probe says he never saw it. "Wow!" said Jerry Lauro, now retired from the Department of Public Welfare. “This is the first I’ve heard of this." MSNBC combs through the entire police file, detailing Sandusky's alleged pursuit of Victim 6—then only 11 years old—the boy's confusion and nightmares, and his mother's warning for Sandusky to stay away. "I understand," he reportedly told her. "I was wrong. ... I wish I were dead."

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