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Posted on 11/07/2011 4:27:06 PM PST by MontaniSemperLiberi
Football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials didn't do enough to try to stop suspected sexual abuse of children at the hands of a former assistant football coach, the state police commissioner said Monday.
Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said, "but somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child."
He added: "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us."
Paterno, who recently became the coach with the most wins in Division I football history, wasn't charged and the grand jury report didn't appear to implicate him in wrongdoing. He has called the criminal charges shocking and troubling.
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Paterno should be fired immediately. I’d charge him with criminal conspiracy.
What? And cause a distraction that might cause Penn State to lose a ball game? Are these people nuts?
I agree. Paterno knew about the allegations, reported them, and then let things slide. How he could have a monster like that on his staff for so long after fining out about the allegations is shocking. Allegations are just theat, allegations, but Paterno had a moral responsibility to find out that they had been investigated and either confirmed or ruled out.
I wonder how many are going from Penn State to State Pen
Yes! I’ve been a PSU fan almost my entire life and this is just so sickening to read about. And that Paterno barely did the minimum to stop this.
FYI, Sandusky had retired from coaching in 1999 & the incident reported to Paterno happened in 2002. So, Sandusky was no longer on his staff. Not that that excuses Paterno.
(Sandusky has access to the Penn State facilities for his charity work after he retired.)
Isn’t this a “no s**t Sherlock” statement - JoePa may have no criminal liability but doesn’t he have a huge MORAL obligation hanging over him? What’s so sad is that it takes an immense scandal for this to come out. If even only a part of this story ends up being true, JoePa’s legacy should be forever tainted. It puts some of the NCAA violations in perspective - this isn’t an NCAA issue, but suddenly getting free tattoos seems a lot less of a big deal when we’re talking about a cover-up of serial child abuse and the destruction of the lives of several boys. So sick.
Sandusky was on the staff at the time of the 1998 incident and investigation.
Sandusky didn't retire. We now find out that Sandusky was forced out after the first time that Penn State found out that he was molesting young boys. And he was then given coach emeritus status, and an office, with keys to athletic facilities, and was allowed to bring boys to Penn State events and to athletic facilities after hours.
And his charity work consisted of . . . how do I put this lightly? . . . 'anally raping' ten-year-old boys in the football showers as part of The Second Mile program. That was in 2002. The incident was reported to Paterno the morning after it happened. Paterno waited until the next day to report it to Curley, the Director of Athletics.
And it was never reported to the University Police or any police, and Sandusky was permitted to keep his keys to athletic facilities.
I am so thankful that he said that. More pepole - especially men - have to say it loud and clear. Adults have a moral responsibility to protect kids from adult perverts. The innocence of kids should be respected and protected.
The link is not working.
You’re right. The article has at least been shifted around on their web site. I doubt it has been pulled because it was originally from the AP. A google search shows the article in other places.
More will come out and it’s early to cast aspersions on JoePa. However, it does not look good. It looks like he did the minimal required to protect himself. It looks like he could not bring himself to really go after an old friend that he suddenly finds out is a real sicko. It looks like after he did his duties, he didn’t follow up to make sure something was done about Sandusky.
Just a note for you guys. Not that it pertains to this incident. However, Joepa is supposed to be a big time conservative and one of his kids ran for Congress in 2004 as a Republican and lost.
I used to have an very high opinion of Joe Pa. I read his autobiography something like twenty years ago. After I married into a Penn State family I found that the adoration was far above what any human was worthy of. The exception was my wife’s grandfather who dropped his season tickets in the summer of ‘84 when JoePa spoke at the Republican convention.