As I delve deeper into this mystery I have found several people who had something to lose. Some people had careers at stake and a salary while others stood to loose their reputations and possibilities of future employment. Others had legacies that they could lose and which may be tarnished if the skeletons in their closet was revealed. In this post, I will reveal who had something to loose with the revelation of things that Gricar had information on.

Ray Gricar

Of course why not start with Ray himself. He was going to retire in 8 months time and stood to lose not only his reputation but also may open himself up to future lawsuits if the information on the Sandusky sex abuse was made public after his retirement. In 1998 he was approached by one of the victim’s mothers, however it’s unclear if others came forward between 1998-2005. He knew he was retiring in less than a year and also knew that a case like this would not go unnoticed. Perhaps he had skeletons in his closet he wanted to hide before he retired. Imagine if one of the victims came forward to medias and exposed the fact that they told Gricar about the sex abuse and that nothing was done. Imagine the scandal that would have caused and how that would have tarnished his name and reputation. This alone may push him to the point of suicide or to run away from his life entirely.

Graham Spanier

Graham was the president of Penn State University at the time that Ray Gricar disappeared. He had been aware of what Sandusky was doing but instead of stepping in and stopping it, he did quite the opposite. In doing so, he stood not only to lose his job, he also stood to loose his reputation, future earnings, potential legal trouble and much more. He also allowed Sandusky to retire and even gave him full benefits including lifelong access to the facilities including the showers and bathrooms.

Jerry Sandusky

Of course he stood to lose the most. He worked as an assistant coach for Penn State. The criminal charges he was looking at for his actions include the following: intercourse, indecent assault, criminal intent to commit indecent assault, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, endangering welfare of children. In October 9, 2012 he was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison.

Joe Paterno

Joe passed away on January 22, 2012. After his death the Penn State Board of Trustees hired a team made up of former FBI director Louis Freeh and his firm and a team of former federal prosecutors and FBI agents to investigate the allegations. The investigation turned up information that shows that Paterno did indeed have information about Sandusky’s actions and instead of taking action he instead empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access to the University’s facilities and affiliation with the University’s prominent football program. He stood to loose his illustrious coaching career as well as his legacy and also his reputation.

Gary Schultz

Schultz was the Senior Vice President at Penn State. He had been there for about 40 years. After the investigation was done, it was also found that Schultz had prior knowledge on Sandusky and also empowered him to attract more potential victims to the campus. He had his career to lose and potential criminal charges and prosecution.

Tim Curley

Tim was the former athletic director of Penn State University. The inquiry done by the Penn State Board of Trustees also found that Curley was also aware of what Sandusky had done but again empowered him to continue his actions. He stood to lose his career as well as potential criminal charges and prosecution.

I wanted to write this to show the importance of the contents of Ray Gricar’s hard drive and why it was so important to him to get rid of the contents of the hard drive. Although I am still on the fence as to what happened to Ray, I do not believe he ran away. I will be doing a podcast in the next few days that will explain my take on this case and will eventually do a second podcast when I have more details. At this point I believe there are many people who wanted that information gone including Ray Gricar himself. Fell free to leave comments.


5 comments on “Ray Gricar – Who stood to lose?

  • Gricar was covered under Centre County’s liability policy, so, even if successfully sued, it would not have come out of his pocket, even if he was retired.

    Sandusky was not going to harm the guy who didn’t prosecute him. There was a football practice on 4/15/05, in the afternoon. Paterno was photographed there.

    • Thanks for the info, I will admit there isn’t a ton of info on this case online. I understand that if he was sued it wouldn’t come out of his pocket, but the guilt of letting someone walk free may have gotten to him….

      • There is a bit of a problem with feelings of guilt, at least Sandusky related guilt. Gricar could have filed charges any point during the remainder of his term. Sandusky was convicted of two misdemeanors and a felony in 2012, 14 years after Gricar refused to press charges.

  • I should add that, in regard to the laptop, according to the county, Gricar got it in 2003 or 2004, which was well after the 1998 investigation. If there was information on Sandusky in the laptop, it would have had to have been placed on it after 2003, at the earliest.

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