Abuse Scandal Inquiry Damns Paterno and Penn State
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of New York Times
Posted: July 24th, 2012
In 1998, officials at Penn State, including its president and its legendary football coach, were aware Jerry Sandusky was being investigated by the universitys police department for possibly molesting two young boys in the football buildings showers. They followed the investigation closely, updating one another along the way. The officials did nothing. No one so much as spoke to Mr. Sandusky. Last month, Mr. Sandusky, for three decades one of Joe Paternos top coaching lieutenants, was convicted of sexually attacking 10 young boys, nine of them after the 1998 investigation, and several of them in the same football building showers. Louis J. Freeh, the former federal judge and director of the F.B.I. who spent the last seven months examining the Sandusky scandal at Penn State, issued a damning conclusion [on July 12]: The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a total and consistent disregard for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sanduskys assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity. That publicity, Mr. Freeh said, would have hurt the nationally ranked football program, Mr. Paternos reputation as a coach of high principles, the Penn State brand and the universitys ability to raise money as one of the most respected public institutions in the country.
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