Skip to comments.One man's quest for answers in the Sandusky/Penn State saga
Posted on 07/28/2013 5:29:07 PM PDT by FlJoePa
Ray Blehar earned a mid-life master's degree from Penn State. That gave him a reason to pay closer attention to the fallout of the Jerry Sandusky saga.
He also has 28 years of experience as a government analyst. He's written business reviews, evaluated reports and became used to "telling (people) stuff they don't want to hear" as an inspector general.
All of that helped drive him on a quest the past two years.
Blehar has devoted much of his free time to researching and analyzing documents and reports related to Sandusky and Penn State, including the grand jury presentment, the trial transcript, media reports and government press releases.
It's been a learning process on child-abuse laws, the state's child-protective agencies and how the system is supposed to work.
He's written 60 to 70 blog posts about the ongoing case at his site, notpsu.blogspot.com. He's also produced three extensive reports regarding his believed mishandling of the investigation surrounding Sandusky and Penn State and, thus, the inaccurate conclusions presented.
His interest ramped up after the release of the Freeh Report last July -- not because it led to harsh NCAA sanctions against Penn State and its football program -- but because of how it was written, presented and accepted.
This is, after all, a man who analyzes reports for a living.
Then, what began to stick with him was how the more he researched, the less everything seem to revolve around those deposed -- Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley, vice president Gary Schultz and president Graham Spanier.
And the more it fell back to how child abuse is reported and handled in Centre County and across the state.
And the more it seemed possible that political and financial agendas played into why Sandusky was not charged and brought to justice years earlier.
A cover-up of a completely different kind?
If nothing else, Blehar's exhaustive work provides critical questions that need answers.
"I'm interested in finding the truth, that's all I wanted to do," said Blehar, 52, who lives in Annapolis, Md. "As I learned what happened, I learned how the child-protection system in Pennsylvania is pretty bad. It was, 'Jeez, these kids are not being protected.'"
And so the dual ideas of fixing that system and fixing the blame narrative at Penn State are intertwined.
Part of that problem begins with the nature of the crime. For example, the state Department of Welfare reported that 85 percent of all abuse complaints in a recent year ended up as "unfounded." Sandusky? He enjoyed even better odds of dodging the law, regardless of anyone trying to conceal his behavior. He was a beloved member of the community for his coaching career, for founding a charity and for being a foster and adoptive parent.
"The system is stacked in favor of guys like Sandusky who have built a history," Blehar said.
Blehar also alleges mistakes and possible misconduct in the Freeh Report and the Sandusky prosecution. For one, he discredits the stunning testimony of the Penn State janitor who said one of his own witnessed Sandusky sexually abusing a minor.
Blehar points to wrong employment dates and changed stories as evidence.
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Again, Blehar's research and conclusions at least deserve answers.
And that could happen as a result of Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane's probe into the Sandusky investigation and federal officials' investigation into The Second Mile. (Blehar said he has turned over information to Kane's office).
Meanwhile, he could care less if some discredit him as a jaded Penn State alum, fan or fame-seeker.
"If I have to burn Penn State to the ground, I will," he said. "If Penn State did something wrong then they should be punished. I don't have any issue with finding fault with Penn State. I think there's a lot of fault at Penn State, just not with the three people they're trying to convict now."
He plans on continuing his blog posts and writing a fourth report sometime in the fall. If he possesses certain skills and job experience, then he feels obligated to use them.
Because the ultimate goal is for children in Pennsylvania to be better protected by a system that needs help.
And that can't happen until the truth about Sandusky, Penn State and so many others is finally discovered.
His website is constantly updated with new information and he basically has louis freeh dead to rights as well.
He also has the old OAG's office dead to rights with pretty damning proof of prosecutorial misconduct all over the place. And I mean, ALL over the place.
I'm one that thinks that js is where he belongs, but 1/2 of what the state presented (and even managed to convict him on) is nothing short of fiction, and this will be proven - if it hasn't been already.
If Ray says he's bringing the Feds. He's bringing the Feds. Follow him on twitter. He's a very, very smart guy. He, Ziegler, and Franco make quite a unique, but effective team - fighting the battle that no one else wants to fight. They are all truthful and worthy of your ear.
Answers? They were pedophiles. There’s the answer.
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Discovery MUST include Paterno...that’s the real trick. He’s dead.
We’ll never know how much the paragon of State College knew. His family, Franco and others certainly have no interest in an investigation of Paterno...only the other bad guys.
I think where Ray is steering Kane and the Feds to is the state and local agencies - which covered for js big time.
Also the football coach at CMHS, the assistant principal at CMHS have some serious questions to answer.
This is/was a big time failure on the part of gubbmint agencies within the state of PA. Lots of campaign money (second mile donors) probably involved as well.
The media bought a package of this being a PSU story, when it wasn’t - especially with the refutation of the ridiculous janitor’s story.
JS will get a new trial - if he ever gets competent counsel. Like it or not. Like I said, he’s probably where he belongs, but this is banana republic stuff. This Linda Kelly (ex-AG) woman belongs in jail for what she has done.
Paterno knew nothing about this —
Those who think he did share the same cerebral lapse as those who think Zimmerman is guilty of murder down in Sanford.
He was up to his eyeballs in the Sandusky affair.
I see NO cooperation from his family yet. Anyone hear how victim number 7 has been feeling?
List the evidence for that false accusation.
Franco is in this because he loves his ex-coach and hates to see him treated in this manner. Ziegler is in this because he hates the media and loves to point out their biases and inadequacies. Blehar is in this because he is a top-notch investigator that knows a pile of dog shit (the freeh report) when he sees it. Ray has also made it his mission to force changes within the state of PA to see that this never happens again.
Like I said, it is an unlikely team (an unpaid team) that spend all their spare time trying to find the truth.
He can’t, and he won’t. Because there is none. Sigh...
Praise the almighty Football. Nothing to see here.
Different people, different rules. My boss was caught with porn on his computer 8 months ago, investigated by the state police as kidde porn no less. He still has a job. It’s being covered up at the highest levels.
When this Sandusky/Penn State mess first broke, there were reports that many of the Second Mile kids were provided for prominent state and DC politicians. Then silence.
I have often wondered if this wasnt the same type operation as the Franklin child sex ring out of Omaha Nebraska in the 1980’s and Sandusky wasnt the only one.
This tells me nothing of the 45 year cult of personality in State College(60+ if you count the assistant years). He was a god in State College you know it and I do too that is why the letdown hurts so much.
PSU’s 11-11 b.o.t. is going to get scorched as well - which is why they willingly accepted blame for something the University wasn’t responsible for.
CEO of Merck - Frazier
CEO of BNY Mellon - Peetz
CEO of US Steel - Surma
They and others were ALL b.o.t. members and they ALL had a lot of face to save in this mess and thought they could just sweep it under the rug.
JS was a retired football coach - retired because he was told he spent too much time with the second mile and that he would never be the HC at PSU. The second mile was a powerful - very powerful - source of money for a lot of people (including Corbett).
Exactly. I believe Second Mile was a huge pedophile operation involving prominent people. But this will never see the light
I agree that the trustees swept a lot under the rug.
However, that at least one “event” occured ON CAMPUS (in the showers if I’m not mistaken when they were interrupted) which means the University had SOME responsibility. And that “event” implies that an unemployed civilian (Sandusky) had access to a mens University private shower. Who gave him permission???
I actually don’t believe that. There are those within the state that continue to float that theory, but no real evidence has surfaced to support it. If that was the case, I would bet that it went on w/out js’s knowledge.
It also doesn’t fit js’s personality at all. Read more about him. Look at John Ziegler’s 3.5 hour interview with him.
Read what FBI profiler Jim Clemente says about him.
I’m not defending him at all (and as I said, he belongs in jail), but the evidence presented against him in his rushed trial really amounts to nothing.
Since then, we’ve seen the cases of victim #2 and victim #7 (both non-existent victims) pretty much blown out of the water.
There is also evidence of investigators (on tape, no less) basically telling other victims that they have to step up the severity of their charges.
Combine all this with book deals, and the University setting up an ATM for victims and you get what you get.
There was never any “anal sex” of any sort at Penn State. The transcripts and the testimony prove this. Yet the public and the media can’t let loose of this because it’s so shocking a topic.
Who signed off on js’s emeritus status? Current President and then Provost Rodney Erickson. Certainly not Joe Paterno.
Also, if you’d do some more research, you’d realize that Victim #2 wrote letters to two different PA newspapers back in 11-11 claiming BS on any charges against js.
Everyone knew who he was. Everyone knows who he is now. You want his name? I actually know relatives of his. Why wasn’t he called? Why didn’t he testify? Think about it.
It wasn’t until an attorney found him later in the process that he began to “remember” things in an effort to put his ebt card in the PSU machine on Old Main Lawn.
That's just not true.
Witness Mike McQueary testified that he heard Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower; you can argue about semantics, but what was happening can't be denied.
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