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A report released today blasted senior members of the Penn State administration -- including head coach Joe Paterno and
President Graham Spanier -- for their response to allegations of sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
Sandusky was convicted on June 22 of 45 criminal counts of child sexual abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year period.
Sandusky retired in 1999, but kept an office at the school and used its facilities. He awaits sentencing in the fall.
Louis Freeh, former director of the FBI and chief investigator of the inquiry, said in remarks Thursday morning.
The evidence shows that these four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky relating to
suspected sexual misconduct with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower. Again, they showed no concern
about that victim. The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed
it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for
almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s.
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. 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. None of them even spoke to
Sandusky about his conduct. In short, nothing was done and Sandusky was allowed to continue with impunity.