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Grand jury report: Sandusky brought victim to Outback Bowl

TAMPA - Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky traveled to the Outback Bowl in Tampa at the end of the 1998 season with a boy he was accused of sexually abusing, according to a grand jury report. Identified as "Victim 4," the boy was listed, "along with Sandusky's wife, as a member of Sandusky's family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and the 1999 Alamo Bowl," the report said. The victim "traveled to and from both bowl games with the football team and other Penn State staff, coaches and their families, sharing accommodations." The boy was sexually assaulted for about two years at hotel rooms near the university, in buildings used by the football program and "at bowl games to which he traveled with Sandusky," the report said.
Penn State defeated Kentucky in the bowl game played Jan. 1, 1999 at Raymond James Stadium. Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy said Pennsylvania authorities have not contacted her agency about the case. "If there was an allegation of a crime in Tampa, then we would investigate," McElroy said of Sandusky's visit during the Outback Bowl. The Alamo Bowl, in which Penn State beat Texas A&M, was played Dec. 28, 1999, in San Antonio, Texas. Police there are looking into claims in the grand jury report that Sandusky made advances toward the boy. "Sandusky did threaten to send him home from the Alamo Bowl in Texas when Victim 4 resisted his advances," the report said. "We are investigating the possibility that an offense may have happened while here in San Antonio," San Antonio police spokesman Sgt. Chris Benavides said in a statement. Sandusky retired after that season, and the Alamo Bowl was his final game with Penn State. The grand jury found the boy "became a fixture in the Sandusky household, sleeping overnight and accompanying Sandusky to charity functions and Penn State football games." The victim was "singled out by Sandusky" when the boy was 12 or 13 years old and a participant in a charity program run by the coach, the grand jury said. The 23-page report listed eight victims of sexual assault.
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