An internal investigation into the Penn State University child abuse
scandal found that university leaders, including late head football
coach Joe Paterno, “concealed critical facts” about former assistant
coach Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse of young boys.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh was hired by university trustees to look
into the scandal after Sandusky was arrested. He released the results to
his eight-month investigation Thursday.
“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.”
blamed Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, ex-President Graham Spanier,
athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary
Schultz for failing to take any steps for 14 years. He said evidence
reflects that coach Paterno play a pivotal role in the decision not to
go to authorities.
A jury convicted Sandusky last month of sexually abusing 10 boys. Freeh
said he hoped the investigation would help bring victims relief and
support after the leaders of Penn State failed them.
“It is the duty of adults to protect children and to immediately report
any suspected child sex abuse to law enforcement authorities”
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after the jury found him guilty of 45