Former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh says the most “saddening and sobering” finding from his group's report into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal is Penn State senior leaders' “total disregard” for the safety and welfare of the ex-coach's child victims.
He says that the “most powerful men at Penn State failed” to take any steps for 14 years, calling out Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, ex-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz.
The Penn State report into Jerry Sandusky's molestation says sexual abuse might have been prevented if university officials had banned him from bringing children onto campus after a 1998 inquiry.
The report released Thursday said that despite their knowledge of the police probe into Sandusky showering with a boy in a football locker room, president Graham Spanier, football coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz took no action to limit his access to campus. The report also says the four men didn't act to protect children as a result.
The May 1998 complaint by a woman whose son came home with wet hair after showering with Sandusky didn't result in charges at the time.
The report says Schultz was worried the matter could be opening “Pandora's box.”
The investigation concluded that the senior officials “concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse” because they were worried about bad publicity.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts. The scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and Spanier.
We'll have much more on this story from Penn State coming up today on 6 News at Noon and 5.