Report: Psychologist called Jerry Sandusky 'likely pedophile' in 1998

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — A psychologist who looked into a 1998 allegation against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky told police at the time that his behavior fit the profile of a likely pedophile, NBC News reported Saturday.

Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (center, left) was seen by a psychologist as having the behavior of a "likely pedophile" during an investigation in 1998.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky (center, left) was seen by a psychologist as having the behavior of a "likely pedophile" during an investigation in 1998.

Yet Sandusky was not criminally charged, nor placed on a state registry of suspected child abusers, and prosecutors say he continued assaulting boys for more than a decade until his arrest in November.

NBC obtained a copy of the campus police department’s investigatory report on an encounter in which Sandusky was accused of having inappropriate contact with an 11-year-old boy with whom he had showered naked on the Penn State campus.

The police file includes the report of State College psychologist Alycia Chambers, who interviewed and provided counseling to the boy.

“My consultants agree that the incidents meet all of our definitions, based on experience and education, of a likely pedophile’s pattern of building trust and gradual introduction of physical touch, within a context of a ‘loving,’ ‘special’ relationship,” Chambers wrote.

However, a second psychologist, John Seasock, concluded that Sandusky had neither assaulted the boy nor fit the profile of a pedophile.

Chambers and Seasock did not immediately return phone messages left at their offices Saturday.

Centre County prosecutors ultimately decided not to charge Sandusky, and the case was closed until a statewide grand jury accused the retired defensive coordinator of abusing the boy and nine others over a 15-year period. Sandusky, who faces more than 50 counts of child sex abuse, has pleaded innocent and awaits trial.

Chambers’ warning to authorities raises new questions about the university’s failure to stop Sandusky. Eight of the 10 boys were attacked on campus, prosecutors allege.

In 2002, four years after the 1998 investigation, prosecutors say then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary caught Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the football showers.

Penn State said in a statement Saturday that it would not comment, citing ongoing investigations.

Sandusky’s attorney, Joseph Amendola, told The Associated Press on Saturday that Seasock’s report was “exculpable” and that the 1998 incident was not as clear-cut as Chambers made it out to be.

“We could get five psychologists, child psychologists, who specialize maybe in sexual dysfunctions or pedophilia look at the same case and talk to the same people and come up with five different conclusions,” he said during a phone interview.


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