Freeh Panel: Penn State Covered Up Sandusky Sex Abuse For 14 Years


The independent panel investigating Pennsylvania State University’s role in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal determined that the school’s top leaders, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno, tried to cover up the abuse for 14 years, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” said former FBI director Louis Freeh, who led the investigation.

Naming Paterno, former Penn State President Graham Spanier, former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a university vice president once in charge of the campus police, Freeh said they “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.” “Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University [ ] repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large,” the former FBI director said. The report is the product of a seven-month investigation commissioned by Penn State trustees and is expected to leave its mark on the legacies of top university figures, including legendary football coach Joe Paterno.

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