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Ronald Shreffler, a detective in the police department at Penn State, was first informed of the 1998 Jerry Sandusky shower incident on the morning of May 4, 1998, one day after it happened. Within 30 minutes, he had interviewed the boy now known to the world as Victim 6. And later that afternoon, Shreffler contacted a caseworker at the Centre County (Pa.) Children and Youth Services. But because CYS had several contracts with Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile, the case was handed to the state Department of Public Welfare (DPW) on May 5.

Around the same time, according to Page 43 of the Freeh Report, Shreffler also touched base with a prosecutor at the county district attorney's office. But he hadn't yet contacted anyone else at Penn State. Care to know why?


Shreffler had decided to call the prosecutor at the outset of the investigation so he did not "have to worry about Old Main sticking their nose into the investigation," which he knew from experience could occur.

"Old Main" is a reference to the building on Penn State's campus shown in the photo above. It houses, among other things, the school's administrative offices, including the office of the university president.

Read all our coverage of the Freeh report here.

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