Psychologist in Penn State Sex Abuse Case Loses County Contract

Michael Gillum was crucial to uncovering Sandusky scandal

APConvicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky

The lasting pain the reported victims of Jerry Sandusky, convicted sex offender and former Penn State assistant football coach face will take a long time to end, if it ever does. Sexual assault on children is a crime and sin that never vanishes. Sometimes that's even true for the people who try to stop it.

Michael Gillum, the Clinton County, PA, psychologist who was one of the people crucial in uncovering the story -- and critical of the local high school's response to the crisis -- had been told earlier this year that his official contract with the county wouldn't be renewed, as USA Today reported. But, the paper also reported that Central Mountain High School was coming under new investigation by the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office.

Gillum had worked with Aaron Fisher, a student at the high school where Sandusky was a volunteer football coach, during the four years of the prosecution process. Fisher was known as "Victim 1" because his was the first of the allegations of eventually ten victims that led to prosecution, according to CNN. Fisher said that Sandusky forced him into sex acts more than 20 times between 2006 and 2008. However, the accusations resulted in so much bullying that he had to leave Central Mountain High School, according to the Patriot-News.

Officials at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County weren't providing guidance for fellow students, who were reacting badly about Joe Paterno's firing and blaming the 17-year-old, said Mike Gillum, the psychologist helping his family. Those officials were unavailable for comment this weekend.

Although Gillum had criticized the school for the quality of its response to the situation, he said that he was "shocked" when allegedly told last November by his supervisor to stop collaborating with Fisher and his mother on a book and to cease speaking engagements about the subject or else he would lose his job, according to USA Today. Gillum claimed to have received permission in advance to work on the project.

Some weeks after Gillum said he consulted a lawyer about the demand that he sever ties with the book project, the psychologist said Rosamilia came back with a "surprising'' offer of full-time employment with the county that would allow him to maintain his private practice and activities related to the book.

He learned last February, according to USA Today, that the county had changed its mind and decided not to renew his contract.

According to USA Today, Central Mountain seemed to have gotten away without any consequences or even scrutiny. That was true even as Penn State President Graham Spanier and late football coaching legend Joe Paterno both lost their jobs and Athletic Director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz face trials for allegedly lying to a grand jury.

However, it appears that the Pennsylvania Attorney General's office will review the school's actions as part of a larger inquiry.

Dawn Hennessy, the mother of the young victim who initiated the criminal inquiry against Sandusky, told USA TODAY that the special counsel heading the state investigation recently requested privacy waivers from the family so investigators could begin questioning school authorities. They want to learn about the school's initial response to the claims of abuse leveled by her son, Aaron Fisher, once known as Sandusky's "Victim 1."

Principal Karen Probst allegedly learned of the investigation and warned local youth authorities to expect questioning. Fisher claims that the school had not reported his allegations of abuse to authorities but was told to go home and "think about repercussions."

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Why, is the child abuse that Jim Singer reported, still being covered up, by the same government, who is prosecuting those involved in the Penn State scandal? Jim has been contacted by staff for Congressional leadership and Congressional Committees
1) Jim Singer reported child abuse to protect a child, as required by law.
2) After Jim Singer reported the child abuse, the child victim threatened suicide, because she was not being protected by Child Services. Therefore, J Singer had to contact his own attorney, who arranged to get a hearing, before a judge. The Judge's Order confirmed J Singer ‘s report of suspected abuse. On September 23, the Judge ordered the child to be kept in custody for 24 days. Pg. 12 bottom Par 13 of PA State Police Lt. Hoover's 32 page summary notes the judge then extended protection for the child another 30 days, due to concerns about abuse. In spite of the Judge’s Order to protect the child victim, Child Protective Services, still did not open a case, to protect the child or begin to investigate the abuser.
3) CPS deliberately released confidential identity of the abused child and mandated reporter and solicited false complaints to help the abuser, instead of protecting the child.
4) State Police summary confirmed ". . . . Violations (by government officials) of the Crimes code. . exist.”
5) Letters from Office of Attorney General & State Police are contrary to state's own legal record.
6) The statute of limitations is currently open based on fraudulent concealment of criminal violations and also new continuing violations by law enforcement.

The County DA/prosecutor requested a criminal investigation by the Attorney General (similar to the Penn State scandal), because it clearly involves allegations that persons were attempting to influence state officials. . or benefit from such influence . . . (71 PS §732=205 (1)." But, instead of investigating, the AG’s office, State Police and other law enforcement wrote letters contrary to the State’s own evidence, to commit fraudulent concealment of crimes.

Lt. Hoover, while an active member of the Pennsylvania State Police (now retired) reviewed the matter and wrote: that the Department of State used its “. . . . influence to block interest in an investigation . . . . violations (by government officials) of the Pennsylvania Crimes code. . . . exist.” These crimes by government include: Perjury: Title 18, Sec. #4902, Tampering with or Fabricating Physical Evidence, Title 18, Sec. #4910,Obstructing Administration of Law or other Governmental Functions, Title 18, Sec. #5101,Official Oppression, Title 18, Sec. #5301, Unsworn Falsification to Authorities, Sec #4904
Federal Violations Fraudulent concealment of criminal violations (18 U.S.C.A 152),Federal racketeering statutes (18 U.S.C.A. 1961 et seq.), conspiracy (18 USC 1962), civil rights violations (18 USC 1983) and criminal violations by government, confirmed by the State Police summary, Mail Fraud 18 U.S.C.A. 63

October 11 2013 at 8:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This just shows you that the whole Penn State priorities are so out of whack.

October 11 2013 at 2:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Penna. and Penn State: circling the wagons again, and punishing those who helped bring Sandusky down and stop him. You should be embarrassed by this!

October 11 2013 at 10:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to bpcats's comment
Welcome MSGT

I'm from that area and I am not embarrassed one bit. I am sure where you live everything is fine and dandy. No perverts, no drunks, no druggies, no one cheating on their wives or husbands. Oh wait you must of sent that post from Heaven.

October 11 2013 at 12:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Those who condone, cover up or enable the perpetrators of child abuse should be held accountable right along with the rest of the guilty! By this I mean especially the person telling victims to "go home and think about the repercussions" OUTRAGEOUS!!

October 11 2013 at 10:48 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

Hire an employment attorney, pal. This may be retaliation for whistle-blowing. Get a law firm OUTSIDE of Pennsylvania. 'Way too many "JoePa" sycophants in that state.

October 11 2013 at 6:19 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Jo's comment

Outside of PA, but licensed to practice there. I think you're right, Jo!

October 11 2013 at 8:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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