Penn State Leaders Disregarded Safety, Report Says (Video)

According to an investigation into Penn State's connection to child abuse, '...Nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.'

Former FBI director Judge Louis Freeh released his report investigating Penn State's invlovement in Jerry Sandusky's recent child sex scandal, saying that the "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."

Does this report's findings change your opinion of Penn State and how it handled Sandusky? Tell us in the comments.

"The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized," Freeh said in a statement on Thursday. "Messrs. [University Presdient Graham] Spanier, [University Vice President Gary] Schultz, [head football coach Joe] Paterno and [Athletic Director Tim] Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest."

Freeh's report, which included over 400 interviews of current and former Penn State employees, as well as "3.5 million emails," found that Paterno "failed to take any action" despite being made aware of an initial 1998 investigation into Sandusky's alleged child abuse. 

"At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building," he said in his release. "Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley also failed to alert the Board of Trustees about the 1998 investigation or take any further action against Mr. Sandusky."

Schultz is a 1967 graduate of Nazareth High School.

The full report accompanies this article as a PDF or the full report can be viewed here.

A press conference about the report will take place at 10 a.m. Thursday. Check back with Patch for more details.

Incognito July 21, 2012 at 11:10 PM
Penn State is much more than football. It is an outstanding university where students receive excellent educations that prepare them for success in future careers. Please stop targeting Penn State and its students. Oh and please stop with the jokes, you’re not funny. Take a moment to read the Freeh report, reconsider your opinion, and realize how you would feel if this were your school.
Incognito July 21, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Even though you are obviously joking, making a comment like that is despicable. It is extremely offensive and disrespectful to the victims.
Bettina July 24, 2012 at 05:32 PM
careless fills July 24, 2012 at 06:02 PM
Nadia, Although Corbett was temporaily appointed state AG for a brief time inb 1997 to complete an unexpired term, he was not elected to his own term as state AG until 2005. Other people were state AG in during the period of 98-02 when the initial complains against Sandusky were made and when McQueary witnessed the shower incident, and when the Centre County DA Gricar investigated and decided not to proceed. None of this has anything to do with the state AG at the time (and it wasn't even Corbett) since in PA, county DA's are not appopinted by the state AG - rather they are elected locally, like Lehigh Co's Martin and Northampton Co's Morganelli are! Your anger against Corbett is completely uniformed and misplaced! Corbett's office resolved the problems and delays, not caused them. Soon after the 2009 complaint entered the state system, his office subpoenaed records from PSU in January 2010. They methodically investigated using the grand jury, searching for and accumulating reports from multiple victims that were previous unknown. If they had relied on just one complaint, they prosecution wopuld have failed. Indeed, Sandusky was still found not guilty with regards to the McCreay shower observation case. Corbetts office was the only prosecution that was succesful against Sandusky.
Daryl Nerl July 24, 2012 at 06:54 PM
Please don't type comments in all caps. It's the Internet equivalent of shouting. It's unnecessary and just plain obnoxious.


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