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. – Louis Freeh
THE FREEH REPORT is out.
From the Daily Beast’s Diane Diamond:
Freeh, speaking after release of his team’s 200-pagereport, was more decisive. “Penn State failed to implement the provisions of the Clery Act, a 1990 federal law that requires the collecting and reporting of the crimes such as Sandusky committed on campus in 2001.” Freeh added that on the day of Sandusky’s arrest, “Penn State’s Clery Act implementation plan was still in draft form,” despite the fact that then-President Graham Spanier had held his post since 1995. (Punishment for violation of the act, named for Jeanne Clery, a Lehigh University freshman who was raped and murdered in her campus residence in 1986, is $27,500 per violation and the possible suspension from participating in federal student-aid programs.)
However, following a Pennsylvania jury’s overwhelming finding that Sandusky was guilty of 45 of 48 sex crimes, the most confounding non-development is why Penn State has taken no steps to make good on its verdict-night pledge to set up a response system “The purpose of the program is simple—the university wants to provide a forum where the university can privately, expeditiously and fairly address the victims’ concerns and compensate them for claims relating to the university.” Penn State’s public-relations team took pains to make sure that promissory statement was included in the media’s late night verdict reports on June 22.
How Joe Paterno lived with himself I don’t know, but it’s not a far stretch to say once the grave evil of Jerry Sandusky broke wide, what he knew just might have killed him.