Jerry Sandusky Case: Paterno and other PSU Officials Dismissed Sex Abuse Allegations
Jul 12, 2012 10:45 AM EDT
F.B.I. investigation reports revealed Thursday morning in the Jerry Sandusky, former Penn State University's football coach convicted of child sex-abuse case, show that the top university officials had "total disregard" for the victims. The reports were drawn by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who conducted the investigation for over seven months, before arresting the 68-year-old.
"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...The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized" Said Freeh in his report as posted by The New York Times.
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The 267 page report was formed over seven months of investigation, more than 400 interviews, and a review of over 3.5 million documents. The report does in fact implicate the University President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Tim Curley as well as the deceased head football coach Joe Paterno as actively and consciously trying to hide the events and protect Sandusky.
The most powerful PSU officials "repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the authorities, the board of trustees, the Penn State community and the public at large," according the New York Times.
The University has called upon victims to resolve claims in order to prevent inevitable civil lawsuits.
Sandusky, 68, is currently in Centre County prison awaiting his sentencing, which is scheduled to be held in about 90 days. He could face a maximum sentence of 373 years.
Last month a jury of seven women and five men found the 68 year-old guilty of 45 out of the 48 counts against him for sexual abuse of ten young boys over a span of 15 years.