Last week we mentioned that the independent investigation into the Jerry Sandusky case at Penn State was going to be critical of former head coach Joe Paterno. The report was released today by Former FBI director Louis J. Freeh’s law firm. It shows that from Paterno on up to the President of the University, Sandusky’s actions were known and covered up dating back to 1998. From the report summary:
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.
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 sexual 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 identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lash 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.
They did this to avoid bad publicity for the football program and the University. The report also ends the “Joe didn’t know” defenses of the now deceased legend. JoPa knew what Sandusky was, who he had harmed, and didn’t care.
ESPN pulled out a couple more key points from the report.
- Paterno and others showed “callous and shocking disregard for child victims.”
- Evidence shows Paterno, Spanier, Schultz and Curley did know of 1998 investigation and Paterno “failed to take any action.”
- Penn State “concealed critical facts … in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity.”
- Penn State changed its plan and did not alert authorities of Sandusky’s alleged actions after consulting with Paterno.
- Penn State failed to adhere to federal law requiring collecting and reporting crimes such as Sandusky committed.
Download the full report here.