Freeh Report: ‘Total Disregard For … Sandusky’s Child Victims’

Friday, July 13, 2012

Joe Paterno, former Pennsylvania State University president Graham B. Spanier, and other top administrators conspired for more than a decade to keep quiet sex-abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, according to the findings of an internal investigation released Thursday.

Fearing bad publicity, the head coach and president along with athletic director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, a former vice president in charge of campus police, "repeatedly concealed critical facts" and exhibited a "callous disregard for child victims," enabling the former assistant football coach to prey on young boys for years, said Louis Freeh, a former FBI director commissioned last year to lead the investigation.

"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," Freeh said at a news conference Thursday in Philadelphia. "The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect children who Sandusky victimized."

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