Lost briefly in all the hullabaloo surrounding the child molestation charges against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is how light his bail ended up being.
And while there are also questions about receiving his pension, we won't harp on that. Like him or not, right or wrong, pension money is earned and according to people in the human resources business, it would be difficult to take that away.
No, the question is this: How does the $500,000 secured bond with monitoring requested by prosecutors requested get watered down to a $100,000 unsecured bond with no monitoring?
The answer...when the judge overseeing the request is a volunteer with the Second Mile organization that Sandusky started. We won't go as far as saying it was a deliberate decision because of that, but more than a few eyebrows were raised and a lot of questions are being asked.
Magistrate Judge Linda Leslie Dutchcot just required Sandusky to sign a form and let him go. No supervision. No reporting to anybody. Just gone. Bye-bye. See you at your hearing December 7th.
Needless to say, there is some outrage, though very little of it seems to be coming from State College. In fact, arguably, this is consistent with every other encounter surrounding Sandusky in that area. That is..."Oh, we don't think you are a danger to anyone".
Deadspin.com first reported this story Sunday night and now...there are some state legislators questioning the decision. Again, we aren't saying Dutchcot, who has volunteered with the group and donated money on multiple occasions to them may think Sandusky is harmless, but the inference that he got a break seems to be there.
Nobody else does.
We just hope that Sandusky doesn't go do something crazy or stupid, which he easily could...since he's apparently not being monitored.
Sorry, we still maintain the people in Happy Valley live in a bubble. Think about it. Would you want someone accused of what Sandusky is freely roaming your city? And while we are at it, if you are Sandusky, why are you not screaming from the top of the Valley that you didn't do it? That is "If" you didn't do it?
This whole scenario is one of the creepiest things we've ever encountered and reminds us of some warped version of the movie Pleasantville. The only problem is the people in the town don't seem to see where the problem is, it seems to be the people from out of town are the only ones willing to see it.
Here is a story from the folks at MyFoxPhilly.com with the TV version of this story: