Nightly News | November 07, 2011
>>> now we go to pennsylvania tonight where there is a sense of shock and outrage surrounding penn state 's legendary football program. this is over a child sexual abuse scandal that burst into the open this weekend. ron allen is in state college p.a. for us tonight. good evening.
>> reporter: good evening, brian. this is a scandal that touches the hall of fame football coach joe paterno . so far three high officials have been charged in the case. everyone is wondering how much further all of this will spread. athletic director tim curley and gary schultz turned themselves in today charged with failing to alert authorities about complaints of child sexual abuse and lying during a grand jury investigation. both deny the charges.
>> this is a case about a sexual predator accused of using his position within the community and the university to prey on numerous young boys for more than a decade.
>> reporter: the case centers around jerry sandusky , a former long-time assistant football coach, charged with sexually assaulting eight boys in their early teens. at-risk boys involved with a charity sandusky founded. some of the alleged attacks happened in penn state athletic buildings. coach paterno , now 84, with the most college career wins in football said, if true, we were all fooled along with scores of professionals trained in such things. but while paterno is not a target of the investigations, officials say when he learned of an alleged 2002 incident between sandusky and a 10-year-old boy he reported it to his athletic director , but no penn state official went to the police. officials say they believe there may be more victims.
>> this is not a case about football . it's not a case about universities. it's a case about children who had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it.
>> reporter: buzz bissinger has written extensively about the business of college football .
>> football is king. football is god. football is the most important thing at the university including academics, including everything else. you do not meddle. you do not screw with football at penn state .
>> reporter: sandusky also maintains his innocence. coach paterno has a press conference scheduled for tomorrow when he's going to talk about the upcoming game with nebraska next weekend but football is not the issue here now. brian?
>> raon, thanks.