Report Says Paterno, Others Hid Sandusky Information
If Freeh’s report is accurate, then Penn State will be unrecognizable in five years. After all the lawsuits get settled, they’ll be operating from a storefront somewhere outside of Altoona.
A widely anticipated independent investigation into Pennsylvania State University’s handling of child-sex-abuse allegations said university administrators, including former President Graham Spanier and the late longtime football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” to avoid bad publicity from reports that former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky could be a pedophile.
The 267-page report, issued Thursday by former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Louis Freeh at the request of university trustees, found that Messrs. Spanier and Paterno, along with former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Vice President Gary Schultz, “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest,” Mr. Freeh said.
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