SMH. Penn State ain’t isht.
Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other university leaders “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse” from authorities, according to Louis Freeh, the former FBI director who conducted an investigation for the university in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
Freeh also found that “although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed” by university officials, including Paterno and the university president, for Sandusky’s victims.
Freeh’s statement concludes:
The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims. As the Grand Jury similarly noted in its presentment, there was no “attempt to investigate, to identify Victim 2, or to protect that child or any others from similar conduct except as related to preventing its re-occurrence on University property.
Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University — President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno — failed to protect against a child predator harming children for over a decade. 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 identify 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.
These individuals, unchecked by the Board of Trustees that did not perform its oversight duties, empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access to the University’s facilities and affiliation with the University’s prominent football program. Indeed, that continued access provided Sandusky with the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims. Some coaches, administrators and football program staff members ignored the red flags of Sandusky’s behaviors and no one warned the public about him.
Penn State officials said they would hold a news conference at 3:30 p.m. ET to respond to the report. The report may affect the reputation of legendary coach Paterno, who died soon after the Sandusky allegations became public, as well as the university’s standing with the National Collegiate Athletic Association, which so far has not announced any punishments of Penn State.
On NBC’s TODAY show on Thursday morning, the coach’s son, Jay Paterno, told host Matt Lauer that all the family has wanted is for an investigation to find the truth. “We have never ever at any time been afraid to see what people have had to say,” and he called the Freeh report “one opinion, one piece of the puzzle.” “We’ve never been afraid of the truth, so let’s have the truth come out and let’s go from there.” The investigation is billed by Pennsylvania State University as “independent,” though the university is paying the law firm of Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Sandusky, 68, was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last month and is currently in prison awaiting sentencing. He faces a maximum sentence of more than 400 years in prison. Freeh was hired by the university in November to review the school’s dealings with Sandusky and its response to a 2001 report that he sexually abused a boy in a Penn State shower room, an incident witnessed by football assistant Michael McQueary.
Read the full report against Penn State HERE