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The Missing DA at the Heart of the 1998 Sandusky Case

International Business Times:

The mysterious circumstances surrounding former District Attorney Ray Gricar’s disappearance in 2005 have gained attention in light of the Penn State child abuse scandal.

Gricar was an esteemed District Attorney of Centre County when he was approached in 1998 with allegations towards Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy. Gricar surprisingly decided not to prosecute the Penn State defensive coordinator and never explained why. Then, six years later in 2005, Gricar suddenly went missing.

Former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was charged Nov. 5 with 40 counts of sexual abuse against young boys. The case has revealed an elaborate cover-up of the alleged crimes that occurred between 1994 and 2009. Numerous Penn State officials, including revered Penn State Coach Joe Paterno, seem to have been aware of Sandusky’s sexual involvement with young boys that he mentored through his charity, Second Mile.

The case of Ray Gricar is important because it’s an added mystery to an already complicated mess. Many have wondered why DA Gricar failed to prosecute Sandusky in 1998. Further speculations have been made that perhaps Gricar’s disappearance was foul play and may have been related to a cover-up of the Penn State scandal. 

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