Report: Penn State Disregarded Children’s Welfare During Jerry Sandusky Investigation


UPDATED: Thursday July 12, 2012 10:19 AM

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.

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“Our 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,” Freeh said in a statement. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”

The report says president Graham Spanier, football coach Joe Paterno, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

The investigation concluded that the senior officials "concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse" because they were worried about bad publicity.

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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