THE ACCUSED

Jerry Sandusky: The 68-year-old former defensive coordinator for Pennsylvania State University's football program now charged with 52 counts of sexual abuse. Prosecutors allege Sandusky molested at least 10 boys he met through the Second Mile, the charity he founded for underprivileged youth in 1997. The former coach has denied the charges.

THE ACCUSERS

Victim 1: The Clinton County youth, now 18, whose allegations launched the attorney general's investigation into Sandusky. Says the former coach took him out of classes, called him frequently, and molested him several times between the ages of 11 and 14.

Victim 2: The youth at the center of the most explosive allegations against Sandusky. Then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary says he saw Sandusky raping the boy — who appeared to be about 10 — in February 2001 in the university's football locker-room showers. Prosecutors do not know his identity. He would now be about 21.

Victim 3: A 25-year-old man who maintains Sandusky often showered with him and touched him inappropriately when he was between the ages of 12 and 14.

Victim 4: A now 28-year-old man who claimed he was molested on Penn State's campus, at nearby hotels and on trips with the football team. He often slept in Sandusky's home and attended football games when he was between 12 and 17 years old. Was listed as part of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Victim 5: Now 22, claims that Sandusky showered with him when he was 12 or 13 and touched him inappropriately.

Victim 6: The now 25-year-old man, whose experience with Sandusky launched a 1998 investigation by university police. When he was 11, he claimed Sandusky touched him inappropriately in a football locker-room shower. That case was closed after investigators determined they could not prove abuse had occurred.

Victim 7: A 26-year-old man who testified that Sandusky stuck his hands down the waistband of his pants on several occasions while they were riding in the former coach's car. The boy was between 9 and 11 at the time.

Victim 8: An approximately 11- to 13-year-old boy who was allegedly seen by a Penn State janitor receiving oral sex from Sandusky in November 2000 in the football locker-room showers. Prosecutors do not know his identity. He would now be between 23 and 25.

Victim 9: Currently 18, he testified that Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex and penetrated him on several occasions during sleepovers in the coach's basement. He was 12 to 15 years old at the time. Contacted authorities after Sandusky's initial arrest.

Victim 10: A 25-year-old man who says Sandusky engaged in oral sex and touched him inappropriately on several occasions between the ages of 10 and 12. Contacted authorities after the coach's initial arrest.

THE LEGAL MINDS

Joseph Amendola Sandusky's outspoken and colorful attorney, who has raised eyebrows as much for his unorthodox decision to make his client available for pretrial media interviews as for his willingness to spend hours briefing the news media outside the Centre County Courthouse. Began his career in the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Now, a solo practitioner in State College.

Joseph E. McGettigan III The deputy attorney general leading the state's case. He joined the office last year, after leaving his job as Philadelphia's first assistant district attorney. Has previously worked in the Delaware County District Attorney's Office as well as the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Judge John M. Cleland: A senior judge from McKean County appointed to handle Sandusky's trial after all local judges recused themselves. A former Superior Court justice, Cleland also led the state investigative panel that handled the Luzerne County cash-for-kids judicialcorruption scandal.

THE WITNESSES

Mike McQueary A currently suspended assistant Penn State football coach who, as a graduate assistant in 2001, said he saw Sandusky anally raping a boy in the locker-room showers. His story and his actions after have made him a lightning rod for criticism. He has announced plans to sue the university as a whistle-blower.

Tim Curley Penn State's athletic director, on leave as he fights charges of perjury and failing to report abuse. Prosecutors allege he did not alert authorities after learning of allegations against Sandusky and then lied about it to a grand jury last year.

Gary Schultz Penn State's former vice president for finance and business, who retired after his arrest on charges of perjury and failing to report abuse. Prosecutors allege he did not alert authorities after learning of allegations against Sandusky and then lied about it to a grand jury. His former purview included the university police department.

Joe Paterno Penn State's lauded longtime head football coach brought down by his response to allegations against Sandusky. Though he was not criminally charged, the university's board felt he did not do enough to alert outside authorities and fired him shortly after Sandusky's arrest. He died in January from complications of lung cancer.

TIMELINE OF THE CASE

1969: Jerry Sandusky starts his coaching career at Penn State as a defensive-line coach.

1977: Sandusky starts the Second Mile, first as a group foster home for underprivileged boys. It grows into a charity dedicated to children with absent or dysfunctional families.

1994: Boy identified as "Victim 7" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at age 10.

1994-95: Boy identified as "Victim 6" meets Sandusky at the Second Mile picnic at age 7 or 8.

1995-96: Boy known as "Victim 5" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at 7 or 8.

1996-97: Boy known as "Victim 4" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at age 12 or 13.

1997: Boy identified as "Victim 10" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at age 10.

Jan. 1, 1998: "Victim 4" is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl.

May 3, 1998: Sandusky allegedly takes "Victim 6" to the Penn State football locker-room showers when he is 11. His mother reports the incident to university police, who investigate. Officers eavesdrop on conversations between the mother and Sandusky, who allegedly says, "I wish I could get forgiveness … I wish I were dead." No criminal charges are filed after then-Centre County District Attorney Ray Gricar closes the case.

June 1999: Sandusky retires from Penn State; maintains emeritus status.

Dec. 28, 1999: "Victim 4" is listed, along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1999 Alamo Bowl.

Summer 2000: Boy identified as "Victim 3" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile.

November 2000: Penn State janitor James Calhoun purportedly observes Sandusky performing oral sex on an 11- to 13-year-old boy identified as "Victim 8" in the football locker-room showers. He reports it to his supervisor.

Feb. 9, 2001: Mike McQueary, then a Penn State football graduate assistant, allegedly observes Sandusky raping a 10-year-old boy, identified as "Victim 2." McQueary tells his father, head football coach Joe Paterno, and later athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz. Outside authorities are never notified. Curley later tells McQueary that the incident was reported to the Second Mile and that Sandusky's locker-room keys were taken away.

Aug. 2001: "Victim 5" is allegedly taken to the football locker-room showers at Penn State by Sandusky when he is 8 to 10 years old.

2005: Boy identified as "Victim 9" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at age 11 or 12. 2005-06: Boy identified as "Victim 1" meets Sandusky through the Second Mile at age 11 or 12. He later claims Sandusky abused him over a period of three years.

2006-09: "Victim 9" spends several nights at Sandusky's home in a bedroom in his basement; maintains he was abused on numerous occasions.

Spring 2008: "Victim 1's" mother reports a sexual assault. Sandusky is barred from a Clinton County high school that the boy attends.

Early 2009: The Pennsylvania Attorney General's Office, under Tom Corbett, launches an investigation into "Victim 1's" allegations.

September 2009: Sandusky retires from day-to-day involvement with the Second Mile, saying he will spend more time with family and handle personal matters.

Nov. 5, 2011: Sandusky is arrested, charged with molesting at least eight boys over a 15-year-period, and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts.

Nov. 9, 2011: Penn State's board of trustees ousts Paterno and university President Graham Spanier amid growing criticism of their handling of Sandusky allegations.

Nov. 13, 2011: Second Mile CEO Jack Raykovitz resigns amid the scandal that has engulfed the charity.

Nov. 14, 2011: In an interview with NBC's Bob Costas days after his arrest, Sandusky says: "I enjoy young people. I love to be around them, but no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys."

Dec. 3, 2011: In an interview with the New York Times, Sandusky characterizes the roughhousing and wrestling he frequently did with youths he took under his wing as "precious times." He denies sexual contact with children.

Dec. 7, 2011: Sandusky is arrested again as prosecutors add two more alleged victims — "Victim 9" and "Victim 10" — to their case. He is released on a $250,000 bond and confined to his home under monitoring.

Dec. 13, 2011: Sandusky waives his preliminary hearing in Centre County Court and vows to fight the charges.

Jan. 22, 2012: Paterno, 85, dies of lung cancer.

May 25, 2012: The Second Mile, citing a severe drop-off in donations and volunteer support, asks court permission to shut down and transfer its assets and programs to a Texas-based charity.

June 5, 2012: Jury selection scheduled to begin in Sandusky's trial.

— Jeremy Roebuck

JOHN DUCHNESKIE / Staff Artist

SOURCES: 2011 grand jury presentment; Associated Press; staff research