It seems that even though Sandusky left his job in 1999, he had worked out a deal where he still had an office and access to the various athletic facilities. This is something that Penn State tries to do for all its longtime former coaches. Sandusky’s Penn State role at the time is hazy — he wasn’t coaching, but he wasn’t gone. In 2002, the grand jury found, a graduate assistant showed up at the Lasch Football Building late on a Saturday night to watch film, and he heard odd sounds in the shower. When he went to investigate, he allegedly saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy that the G.A. estimated was 10 years old.
The story that follows: The graduate assistant was distraught, nearly hysterical, and after consulting with his father, brought what he had seen to Paterno. What did he tell Paterno? How deeply did he go into detail? How well did Paterno understand what happened? How can small details crystallize in such a horrifying scene? The grand jury narrative is that Paterno brought the evidence to Penn State athletic director Tim Curley the next day. Then it took a week and a half before the graduate assistant was asked to tell his story to Curley and Gary Schultz, who oversaw the Penn State University police department. And then, the grand jury charges, the incident was buried and Sandusky was more or less allowed to maintain his office (though he was supposedly restricted from bringing any children into the building).