Penn State's NCAA fine will be used for child sexual abuse prevention efforts, training of mandated reporters and other victim assistance efforts based in Pennsylvania.
Saturday, February 2
HARRISBURG -- The state Senate has unanimously approved legislation sponsored by Senator Jake Corman (R-34) which would ensure that all proceeds from Penn State’s $60 million fine are used to fund programs within Pennsylvania. Lehigh Valley Sen. Bob Mensch, R-24, is a co-sponsor of the bill. The bill passed 50-0. The fine -- which will go into an endowment for programs to prevent child sex abuse or help abuse victims – is one of a number of sanctions imposed on Penn State by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Penn State paid its first $12 million installment into an escrow fund in December but the NCAA has agreed not to disperse the money while a lawsuit filed by Corman is pending. Senate Bill 187 would require Penn …
Michael James Agrippine, a substitute teacher in Allentown and several other school districts, is charged with child sexual assault.
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Friday, January 25
An Allentown School District substitute teacher who lives in Coopersburg was charged Wednesday with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old student at Union Terrace Elementary School. Michael James Agrippine, 47, of 6881 Main St., is charged with aggravated indecent assault, a first-degree felony; institutional sexual assault, a third-degree felony, and indecent assault, a misdemeanor of the first degree. Read More: Report Child Rape Via Toll-Free Hotline District Attorney Jim Martin said the school district has cooperated fully in the investigation. Agrippine is in police custody, according to a press release issued Wednesday afternoon by the district attorney's office. An affidavit of probable cause filed by a detective in the Allentown Police …