The Penn State sex abuse scandal continues to haunt the university, particularly after yesterday’s ruling by Judge William Wenner to try three men, who prosecutors say failed to intervene in stopping Jerry Sandusky’s predatory activity with children. Penn State’s one-time President, Graham Spanier, Vice President, Gary Shultz and Athletic Director, Tim Curley will face a jury on charges of perjury, child endangerment, and failure to report abuse. the trial is likely to get underway next year. Spanier, Shultz and Curley, according to prosecutors, covered up two incidents of abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky. One in 1998, the other in 2001. Sandusky, Penn State’s former defensive coordinator for the Nittany Lions, was tried and found guilty of sexually abusing children. He’s serving a long prison term.
Montgomery County State Rep. Todd Stephens cites a recent case for support of House Bill 436, which compels anyone working with children to report sex abuse, without having to go through a chain of command. Stephens says, Upper Perkiomen Township Camp Director, Ryan Wexelblatt, was charged with failure to report the sex abuse of a juvenile in early July, after camp counselors told him about the incident.
“I am hopeful, that in the fall, there will be some serious discussion about all the child abuse protection bills. Frankly, I would hope that the statute that I am seeking to enact never gets utilized. If everybody reported suspected child abuse, then no one would be prosecuted for failing to do so and I think our children will be all the better for it.”
Stephens adds, under current laws, Wexelblatt is facing a misdemeanor of the third degree, which is the lowest grade criminal offense above a traffic ticket.
A construction worker killed in Montgomery Township Tuesday has been identified as Bret Moyer of PK Moyer and Sons. Police say, Moyer came in contact with a piece of road paving equipment on Treeline Drive Tuesday afternoon. He died at the scene. Montgomery County Detectives are investigating the death, but it appears to be an accident, according to Montgomery Township Police
Could the 2016 Democratic National Convention be coming to Philadelphia. Montgomery County Commissioner Chairman, Josh Shapiro is among Democratic leaders who are trying to lure the convention to the region. Shapiro says, the process is lengthy and competitive.
“Putting together a work group that is going to do some of the early fundraising and make the appeals to the Democratic National Committee. Then out together a staff that is going to be in a position to fill out an RFP and compete with what will presumably be about 5 or 6 cities around the county.”
Shaprio says, the region is capable of providing an ample number of hotel rooms for the convention. The Democratic National Committee is expected to release information by the end of 2014 as to the location of the convention. Shapiro was a guest on the AM-Edition Thursday morning.