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Report: Penn State disregarded children's welfare



Published: Thu, July 12, 2012 @ 9:09 a.m.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State's long-awaited internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky says senior leaders disregarded the safety and welfare of his victims

A 267-page report is the result of an eight-month inquiry by former FBI director Louis Freeh, hired by university trustees weeks after Sandusky was arrested in November to look into what has become one of sports' biggest scandals.

Freeh was tasked with uncovering the school's failings in stopping Sandusky, a retired assistant football coach. The report also is expected to address broader issues including the influence wielded by the late coach Joe Paterno and the balance of power among athletics, school administrators and trustees.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts. The scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and the school's president.


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1hubresident(12 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I don't think that you can make a statement like Paterno was involved in the scandal unless you were there and you lived it. The man did more for that community and College than anyone will ever be able to live up to or beat. If the cover up was anywhere it will be with the President of the College! Paterno took players into his home and taught them what is was to be a man. Turned their lives around and taught them to be responsible adults through a football program that was GREAT! Yes, I feel sorry for what happened to those boys (and I don't know what their home life was at the time they were being sent to see Sandusky) but it was not Paterno that was charged with the abuse. Once I have reported an incident, can I take the law into my own hands? And I am sure Sandusky was very sly about what he did and said in front of the Penn State Staff after he was suspected. It was not Paterno's job to bring down Sandusky. That job is Administration's and the law enforcement agency. Investigate and document what Paterno did for the students (that's why there was such an out pouring of love when he died) in his 40 some years with the College. Sandusky was a sick F--- and the people that are responsible for his actions was Sandusky himself. Why are we not knocking the door down on Sandusky's wife, who obviously knew that her own child was being abused! If anyone is an accomplise, she is and should be charged appropriately!

If I was the parent of any of these children that were abused I would have pursued Sandusky until he paid for what he did and everybody would have known right there and then! Not YEARS LATER. When someone hurts or attempts to hurt my child I am on them right now to see that it won't happen again. So don't lay the blame on someone that can no longer speak for himself. Look at WHAT HE DID DO FOR ALL THOSE KIDS THAT WILL ATTEST THEIR LOVE FOR HIM! RIP JOE PA

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2Freeatlast(1991 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hey it is for sports , FOOTBALL
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Get over it and play ball , That is all that matters ,is it not .

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3republicanRick(1169 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Classic life lesson - unchecked power and having to answer to no one will always bring down a man. Joe Paterno, while doing many great things, would allow no one to question him.

Sad ending. Penn State worshipped this false God to a fault. Now it turns out he covered up one of the most heinous crimes ever.

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4grog8797(21 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

Hubres you are a disgrace to imply it is the parents fault but let Paterno off the hook because of the good things he did elsewhere in his life. Typical response from of a sycophant. Realize that most of the victims were too ashamed to tell anyone what happened. JoePa may have done much good in his life, but his huge mistake of ego allowed some innocent kids to be raped and that is indefensible. This is a lesson to us all about the abuse of power and avoiding the temptation to look the other way rather than take the hard road. Would Joe have ever allowed any of his players to make up lame excuses or take the easy way out? I doubt it.

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5shutyourface(246 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I think Hub must be just like Sandusky after those comments.

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6walter_sobchak(1922 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

hubresident,
What time is it on your planet? This issue was all about protecting the PSU football program and the money it generates. Like all major universities, the football program is responsible for generating the vast majority of funding for the entire athletic budget. All of the administrators knew this and are equally to blame.

I admire Joe Paterno and what he stood for at PSU. He was the one coach that I would have most wanted my sons to play for. But, facts are facts and the evidence is in. Joe Pa knew about the 1998 investigation of Sandusky with respect to sexual abuse. The, in 2001, Mike McQuery notifies him that he saw something inappropriate in the locker room shower. Now, while he did not actually see Sandusky inserting his penis into the young boys anus, he did describe actions and sounds that would be wholly consistent with Sandusky anally raping an apparent minor. Do you need someone to draw a picture? I always wondered why Sandusky left the coaching position in 1999 when he was doing a good job of coaching. I would speculate that JoePa wanted him out of his program because where there is smoke, there is fire.

Jerry Sandusky's presence on the campus was directly tied to the PSU football program. While it is not in any way an indictment on the individual players, it is on the program as a whole. Football at Penn State was the lure used by Sandusky to attract boys into his deviant ways. It is unfortunate that the legacy of JoePa will be forever tarnished by this but all it takes for bad things to happen is for good men to do nothing. And, don't hand me that crap that Joe reported the event to his superiors and let it take its course. He should have done more. That he owed to his current players and staff and, most importantly being left out, Sandusky's victims!

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7cambridge(3031 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

walter....That's two things we agree on.

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8JudyJones(148 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

The similarities between the sex abuse cover up at Penn State and the Philly Archdiocese are astounding. The cover up goes straight to the top. How do these high ranking officials live with themselves?

It is completely unconscionable that so many adults knew about Sandusky sexually abusing kids, and yet not one of them went to help the children.
There cared more about their jobs, their image and their institutions. And look what has happened?

The victims of Sandusky, Penn State, and of the Philly Archdiocese are to be admired for their courage in speaking up and getting predators and those who cover up these crimes against kids, locked up and kept away from children forever. The victims are the brave souls who care about protecting kids.
The laws need to be changed to protect innocent kids, There are many more officials who need to be put behind bars.

Hopefully everyone who saw, suspected, or was harmed by Jerry Sandusky or anyone in the Philly Archdiocese will find the courage to speak up, contact the police, and start to heal.

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511. snapjudy@gmail.com,
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests,) is the worlds oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.
SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word priest in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc.

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96675409(37 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This era of homosexuality and Jerry's chapter in it have not yet come to a conclusion. His supporters are behind the scenes putting together his final chapter. As memories fade a judge will be sought to release Jerry. Far too many see nothing wrong in his behavior.

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