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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — An internal investigation into the child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State concludes that top school officials, including longtime football coach Joe Paterno, hushed up allegations against Jerry Sandusky for fear of bad publicity.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says the investigation he headed found that “the most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

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Free says the “most saddening and sobering finding” of the eight-month inquiry was “the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State.”

Along with Paterno, the report faults former Penn State President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. It says they “repeatedly concealed critical facts.”

The report says abuse might have been prevented if they had barred Sandusky from bringing children to campus after a complaint prompted a police inquiry in 1998.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing on 45 criminal counts for abusing 10 boys.

Curley and Schultz are awaiting trial on charges of lying to a grand jury and failing to report abuse. Spanier and Paterno were fired, and Paterno died months later.

The family of the late coach says Paterno “never interfered with any investigation” and would never have covered up for a child predator.

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  • Guest1234

    I attended PSU football camp as a young boy and Coach Sandusky was nothing but a gentleman. I can’t believe the way you people are dragging his name through the mud. Shame on all of you

  • Pharaoh

    Really? He was a gentleman towards you? How nice. I guess in your eyes all the raping and molesting he did to others doesn’t count. The jury must have gotten it wrong too. Obviously you feel that people who find this sick and repulsive shouldn’t say anything bad about this fine older gentleman. You’re just lucky you weren’t his type.

  • Guesttofferson

    How many little boys have YOU corrupted? Sounds like you may have the same problem to not be able to understand it. What a CREEP!

  • Guest2020

    My cousin molested my sisters and never touched me. That doesn’t make him any less of a monster. You probably just weren’t in Sandusky’s range of preferences.

    As for dragging his name through the mud–he is a convicted felon. He drug his own name through the mud when he raped those little boys.

  • 1981duke

    They all knew,all need to go.

  • Guest1234

    Why does everyone make Sandusky out to be such a monster?? I just don’t understand

  • Guest51

    I really hope that this was a failed attempt at humor

    Pretty tasteless comment, and should not have made it through the moderator.

    This story should not be joked about in the least, it totally shocked my overall positive beliefs in human nature. From Sandusky’s acts, to the cover up to protect football and money at Penn State, to that grad student who didn’t have the b**ls to stop Sandusky in the shower. They should all be held accountable.

    To allow this monster to continue to abuse these boys is unfathomable to me, it shows hows far society has fallen and where our priorities are to allow football and money to be more important than children being molested and raped in showers.

  • ChefnSurf

    … or you’re a very sick individual. What a repugnant thing to say!

    Either way, you should get some help.

  • Tracie C

    This was a futile attempt at a question to get people to respond to you because you don’t have friends due to your apparent lack of intellect?

  • 1981duke

    A sad story,sick to say the least.

  • Guest461

    …horrific and perverted behavior should face the same, identical punishment that Sandusky is getting!!! They are in the very same category to allow this man to ruin the lifes of so many young boys for the rest of their lives. Absolutely incredible and indescribable what some humans are capable of!!!

  • Das Weibstück

    They should all be charged with something ! Putting football above the safety of little boys ??? Beyond disgusting !

  • Ouch

    “Report: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse to avoid bad publicity”

    How’s that working out for you, Penn State?

    See, in the end, it’s like that Despair poster that says: “Maybe the purpose of your life is just to serve as an example for others.”

    Most leadership courses involve case studies looking at the failure of someone in a critical position to do the right thing. Penn State…case study #1. Really too bad for all the alumni (but #1 are the victims).

  • SurfCityTom

    but, it is unfortunate Coach Paterno is not alive and able to defend himself. Every story has been heard except his.

  • Guest2020

    We can tell by his own words that at the very least he knew about it and kept silent.

  • Rick Wilson

    Penn State should not be allowed to have a football team for at least one year per victim. If the NCAA does not act swiftly and decisively, they never need to impose sanctions against anyone ever again. SMU was given the “death penalty” for paying players. This does not even register on the radar when compared to what Penn State officials allowed to continue to happen. Heartless, soulless people putting embarrassment and football above the welfare of children.

  • Peyton Garrett

    What a sad commentary on what was once regarded as an impeccable sports institution. No more. To turn your head on something like this, Shame, Shame, Shame. I wonder if it had been one of these administrator’s kids what the reaction or no action would have been. These people are now made complicit on several counts. Boy this will deplete the athletic endowment. Rightfully so.

  • Vog46

    Todays news indicates the NCAA may be leaning towards a death penalty type punishment. I agree with this to a point. The football program bears most of the responsibility. A low level Asst Coach noted a high level Asst Coach abusing kids and the Head Coach was persuaded to keep quiet – by? Yep people in overall charge of the entire university.
    So why limit the punishment to just football? Is there a way to punish university officials without hurting the non football playing students?
    I would hope that someone would find a way to do this because the administration bears the ultimate responsibility.

    Best Regards


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