If you thought the image of Jerry Sandusky being trundled off to prison for the rest of his life was the denouement of the Penn State sex scandal, the coming weeks and months should remind you that only part of the saga has been played out.
The criminal charges against the highest ranking officers of one of America's great universities will not be sequel, but an Act II of the drama.
The charges filed against former PSU President Graham Spanier may be the last to be filed of any consequence. They are added to charges already filed against Tim Curley, the former PSU athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the former vice president for business and finance, who, according to the state's acting Attorney General were all part of a "conspiracy of silence" that kept Sandusky away from justice and protected the university's squeaky clean image.
It is likely that - barring any guilty pleas prior to trial - the procedings will not be as gut-wrenching as those that sent Sandusky to prison. Instead, the prosecution will lay out evidence it contends shows the men orchestrated a coverup that not only cloaked Sandusky's misdeeds, but failed to protect children as those transgressions continued.
The defense, of course, will deny any wrong-doing and may even portray their prosecution as politically driven, a contention already spashed to the public in harsh words directed at Gov. Tom Corbett, who was the attorney general at the time of the initial investigation.
Of course, a key player in this drama, Joe Paterno, won't be taking the stand, but will figure significantly in the alleged plot.
We can only hope whether the three are found guilty or innocent, it will be a true delivery of justice in the case, and that this university as well as Sandusky's victims will continue to move forward and heal.