Sandusky's Child Sexual Abuse Knowingly Covered Up, Investigation Says
Graham Spanier and Coach Joe Paterno concealed allegations fearing 'bad publicity'
Top university officials such as former president Graham Spanier and then-head football coach Joe Paterno knowingly concealed allegations of child sexual abuse by ex-assistant coach Jerry Sandusky to "avoid the consequences of bad publicity." That's the result of an investigation into the Penn State scandal that alleges that Sandusky sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period.
An investigation into the Penn State scandal alleges that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused 10 boys over a 15-year period -- and Penn State officials neglected to cooperate with authorities.
Penn State officials were poised to report that the February 2001 sex abuse allegation, where a young boy was assaulted in a shower, that the parties "changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities" after Curley consulted with Paterno, the head of the probe, former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
The 267-page report was released Thursday morning. The report focuses on what school officials knew about Sandusky's behavior. The scandal led some people to claim the school put its reputation ahead of protecting potential child victims.
The 68-year-old Sandusky, the Nittany Lions' former defensive coordinator, was convicted last month on multiple charges of in the sexual abuse of young boys.
"We have said from the beginning that Joe Paterno did not know Jerry Sandusky was a child predator," a statement from the Paterno family read. "Moreover, Joe Paterno never interfered with any investigation. He immediately and accurately reported the incident he was told about in 2001."
Paterno's relatives say that although they will need some time to read the report before they can comment, they accept the criticism that Paterno could have done more, but "at the same time, Joe Paterno and everyone else knew that Sandusky had been repeatedly investigated by authorities who approved his multiple adoptions and foster children."
"Joe Paterno mistakenly believed that investigators, law enforcement officials, University leaders and others would properly and fully investigate any issue and proceed as the facts dictated," Paterno's family said in a statement.
"Joe Paterno wasn't perfect. He made mistakes and he regretted them. He is still the only leader to step forward and say that with the benefit of hindsight he wished he had done more. To think, however, that he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic. If Joe Paterno had understood what Sandusky was, a fear of bad publicity would not have factored into his actions."
The report is unsparing in singling out various parties for their failure to intervene. "These men concealed Sandusky's activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky's victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well-being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001.
"Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child's identity, of what McQueary saw in the shower on the night of February 9, 2001."
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Keywords: Jerry Sandusky, Graham Spanier, Penn State, Joe Paterno, sexual abuse
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