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Spencer: Another child sex saga, different result
Delaware County Daily Times ^ | 7-29-12 | Gil Spencer

Posted on 07/29/2012 10:33:25 AM PDT by FlJoePa

In light of the actions taken by the NCAA in the Penn State scandal, here’s a question for you: Do you think that if a professor of, say, economics, was discovered to be a serial sex abuser of young boys, that the university’s economics department would be shut down?

If you answered “of course not,” I think you’re right. It would be ridiculous to do any such thing.

But if you answered “that depends,” then you might want to consider the case of Scott Ward, a University of Pennsylvania marketing professor who just a few short years ago was sentenced to 25 years in prison for possession of child pornography.

Kiddie porn, however, was the lesser of Professor Ward’s crimes against children. Ward was a serial child molester. And officials at Penn and its prestigious Wharton School knew it — or should have — for years. And even knowing about Ward’s penchant for sexually abusing children, the school kept him employed and even helped finance his sexual access to kids overseas.

The story of the “brilliant” Professor Ward was chronicled in a 2007 issue of Philadelphia magazine.

The piece begins in 2006 with Ward being busted by immigration agents after returning from a trip to Thailand, where he enjoyed copious amounts of sex with prepubescent boys. Fortunately for prosecutors, he brought home the DVDs to prove it.

It wasn’t the first time Ward had been charged with sex crimes against children.

Some 13 years earlier, the good professor was charged with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a minor, but found not guilty.

He continued to teach at Wharton.

Three years later, he was accused of soliciting sex from a 23-year-old undercover state trooper posing as a 15-year-old boy. Ward pleaded guilty to promoting prostitution and the attempted corruption of a minor.

And he continued to teach at Wharton.

After his arrest in 2006, federal agents went to Ward’s office at the university’s Huntsman Hall and found 80 images of Ward fondling a 15-year-old boy. The very presence of those photos made the campus itself a crime scene.

The university’s response to calls from reporters about Ward and his alleged crimes was, “No comment.” All media inquiries were effectively stonewalled.

And what happened?

Well, here’s what didn’t happen: The university didn’t hire the former head of the FBI to investigate how Ward managed to elude detection and stay employed at the school despite his numerous arrests and rather obvious problem.

If the school investigated itself for its handling of the matter, it didn’t make the results of that investigation public.

Other than the excellent story in Philly mag, there was no great media campaign to make the university come clean about how and why it protected a known child molester for years.

As pointed out in the story:

“In 1993, Ward had been the subject of a sting at his Ardmore mansion, where several teenage boys lived with him, and he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old there as often as 100 times. But after two highly publicized trials, he was sentenced to just five years of probation, during which time he continued to teach at Wharton and to travel — on Penn’s dime — to Thailand and other hot spots where the touch of a young boy could be had for a price.”

So not only did U of P look the other way while Ward engaged in hundreds of crimes against children in this country, it subsidized his kiddie sex trips abroad.

Again from the story:

“Though he taught only 22 courses from 1999 through 2005, Wharton still paid for him to teach at its partner school in Bangkok — an especially baffling arrangement, since right there, in his CV filled with research on kids and his consulting jobs overseas, is the blueprint for his lifestyle, one made possible in large part by his connection to Penn.”

So here we have an Ivy League school not only refusing to deal with a known pedophile in its midst, it enables him to continue to sexually exploit dozens (hundreds?) of poor children in foreign lands.

And yet, no outside agency — not the Ivy League, not the U.S. Department of Education, not any university accrediting agency — has found the necessary chutzpah to demand the University of Pennsylvania cough up $60 million with the goal of helping sexually abused children.

Ward was every bit the star at Wharton that Jerry Sandusky was at Penn State. Like Sandusky, Ward also founded a nonprofit program for at-risk kids. But he was different in one respect: Ward was far wealthier than the ex-football coach. He made millions serving as a marketing consultant and by being on various corporate boards.

He used his wealth, smarts and his social status as an esteemed Penn professor to discredit his pathetic accusers and to elude justice for years. And yet, if his colleagues had any problem with that, there is no public record of it.

By 2005, Ward had finally become enough of an embarrassment for Penn to take the extreme action of reducing him to the status of professor emeritus. He was arrested and locked up for good a year later.

So I ask you, where’s the outrage at Penn? Where’s the lynch mob for those department heads and administrators who knew (or “should have known”) that Ward was a sexual predator but took no effective action to stop him?

Where’s the independent investigation that might turn up emails that suggest one, two or three of his colleagues knew about his crimes, but didn’t want to report them for their own bizarre reasons?

Finally, I’d very much like to know where one of Penn’s most esteemed graduates, Pulitzer-prize-winning author Buzz Bissinger, stands on all this. After all, no single person in America has publicly expressed more outrage and disgust over the failures at Penn State University.

In his columns and TV appearances, Bissinger has not only applauded the sanctions against Penn State and the crippling of its football program, he has led the campaign to vilify the late Joe Paterno as a “dictator” and dangerous egomaniac. He has made clear that he finds the culture of big time college football sickening and directly blames it for the failure of nerve that allowed a sexual predator like Sandusky to run amok.

So what explains the culture at his own alma mater that allowed Professor Ward to continue his own decades-long crime spree?

If Buzz Bissinger weighed in on the Ward case, I couldn’t find it. But I would love to hear him explain why PSU should pony up $60 million for its allegedly protecting a pedophile and the Wharton school should not. Why PSU’s football program should be eviscerated and the academic institution that protected Ward by means of tenure and due process should not. And why not.

I don’t expect Bissinger to admit that his contempt for the culture of college football and all things Paterno has poisoned his view of this case. But more fair-minded journalists ought to have resisted throwing in with this torch and pitchfork crowd.

As this story continues to unfold, a few more decent souls may come to regret running with this rampaging herd of independent minds.


TOPICS: Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: academia; homosexualagenda; ivyleague; moralabsolutes; pedophile; upenn; wharton

1 posted on 07/29/2012 10:33:36 AM PDT by FlJoePa
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To: FlJoePa

“Though he taught only 22 courses from 1999 through 2005, Wharton still paid for him to teach at its partner school in Bangkok — an especially baffling arrangement, since right there, in his CV filled with research on kids and his consulting jobs overseas, is the blueprint for his lifestyle, one made possible in large part by his connection to Penn.”

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This is just a guess ... but it sounds like this prof had a very good “friend” or “friends” — with benefits — in the Wharton administration, who protected him. (Possibly they shared similar interests? Yuck.)


2 posted on 07/29/2012 10:37:57 AM PDT by Hetty_Fauxvert ( "Be Breitbart, baby!")
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To: FlJoePa

What’s your point? Your Alma Mater should get away with it because Penn got away with it?


3 posted on 07/29/2012 10:38:35 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: FlJoePa

Similar but not the same. For one PSU signed a contract with the NCAA governing it’s sports bodies to adhere to NCAA by-laws. The NCAA only governs academics so far as only the student athlete is concerned. PSU is being punished for that. If they don’t like it they can drop the NCAA and see how far they get with out them. Therefore you can’t cry that the UPenn should be treated the same or PSU Athletic Department should be held to the same standards. Secondly the money is to only come from football, not from the state or the school per se. PSU took in a record 200 Million from donors last year in light of the sicko scandal.


4 posted on 07/29/2012 10:42:04 AM PDT by aft_lizard
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

My thoughts exactly. He somehow dodged every charge or got the lesser sentence of what he was charged with to begin with.

Sandusky on the other hand was charged with 48 of the what 51 charges?

Plus Sandusky was actually abusing the kids on campus.


5 posted on 07/29/2012 10:43:49 AM PDT by Morgana (This space for rent. Cheap.)
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To: EEGator
and Penn is a private University ... Penn State not so much

It makes the deeds no more forgivable but it become a private matter beyond the criminal

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6 posted on 07/29/2012 10:43:57 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: FlJoePa

Fine then. Burn Wharton to the ground, too.

You sound like a petulant child. “But he did it first!”

Penn State, all of it, every square inch, should be wiped from the face of the Earth. Paterno’s corpse should be dug up, set on fire, and the remains left for wild animals to consume.

Sandusky should be executed by a firing squad composed of his victims and their families armed with flamethrowers.

Once no stone stands upon another at that monstrous place, bring in bulldozers to wipe the Earth clean. Then sow the ground with salt.

Then the NCAA should wipe the name of Penn State from its’ record books forever.


7 posted on 07/29/2012 10:46:14 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: FlJoePa

Just another disingenuous strawman argument from a Pedo State apologist.


8 posted on 07/29/2012 10:51:35 AM PDT by SVTCobra03 (You can never have enough friends, horsepower or ammunition.)
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To: FlJoePa

Scott Ward (D-Pennsylvania) and John Sandusky (D-Penn State) perhaps explains why Pennsylvania hasn’t voted Republican in a Presidential election since 1988.


9 posted on 07/29/2012 11:08:00 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: Lurker

Sounds good to me.


10 posted on 07/29/2012 11:09:29 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Obama does not have the work ethic to be Anti-Christ.)
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To: FlJoePa

I’m all for punishing those individuals at Penn State who committed or covered up these crimes.

Fire them, lock them up when convicted, etc. If they had the death penalty for such crimes I’d be fine with that.

But punishing those presently involved with the football program at Penn State as if they are somehow personally responsible for what happened before they got there is a miscarriage of justice.


11 posted on 07/29/2012 11:09:30 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

Life ain’t fair. Let them transfer to other institutions without penalty. Problem solved.

L


12 posted on 07/29/2012 11:12:56 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: FlJoePa

This is every bit a culture of corruption story as was PSU. There should be a who knew what and when investigation, and those individuals should pay. I’m sure there are many there that really did not know anything and should stay.

However, there needs to be a plan to prevent this from happening again.

Nothing will motivate them, unless it associated with a $100 million or greater judgement. If ever there was a time when we need lawyers, this is it.


13 posted on 07/29/2012 11:20:12 AM PDT by cicero2k
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To: cicero2k

U Penn endowment : $6.58 billion


14 posted on 07/29/2012 11:22:11 AM PDT by EEGator
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To: Lurker

Lurker,

You didn’t have a “/sarc” in your post so I honestly don’t know whether you were making a feeble attempt at sarcasm. But if you weren’t trying to be sarcastic, you are expressing a very troubling set of beliefs (even if you were exagerating their extent).

I don’t know where you live, but if your “justice” recommendation for Penn State were universally applied, the next time a pedophile was found out in YOUR community, the “avengers” (of which you seem to cast yourself a member) would have the insurance companies cancel the coverage of everyone in the town. Your fellow “avengers” would then level EVERYTHING in your community (whether belonging to the guilty or to the community’s innocents). Then they would sow the ground with salt.

But of course you, as a member of the “avenger elite” (and like ruling elites everywhere), would claim exemption from this retribution against the innocent. Then you could stand amid your untouched property and proclaim “Behold MY JUSTICE and tremble”.

I hope you have a better day and future than you’re wishing on the Penn State community. Well.....maybe I don’t.


15 posted on 07/29/2012 12:19:45 PM PDT by House Atreides
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To: FlJoePa
Very flawed argument.

The economics department at Penn does not come under the oversight of the NCAA. If it did, this article might have a point.

16 posted on 07/29/2012 1:29:54 PM PDT by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: FlJoePa
Still all upset that the public is beginning to hold child rape as a serious crime eh?

Give it up.

The good old days you long for ain't coming back.

Hopefully Penn College will get theirs too.

17 posted on 07/29/2012 1:36:16 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: little jeremiah; wagglebee

Pedophile apologists are busy today.
Today’s line: “But he got away with it for a long time! Waaaaahhhh.”

Boo hoo.


18 posted on 07/29/2012 1:44:28 PM PDT by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: FlJoePa
BTW - I hope you noticed that Graham Spanier already got a new job.....

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2911224/posts
19 posted on 07/29/2012 2:05:32 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: FlJoePa

Time for you to back off and shut up, FlJoePa...you are defending the indefensible. Were Paterno still alive, he should go to prison for his coverup and enabling tactics.

Others part of the cover up, should also all be charged, convicted and go to prison...Spangler especially.

And no, Pedophile State there in Un-Happy Valley is not getting the shitty end of the stick. They all saw to it that Sandusky was allowed to reserve that for the boys who were his victims.


20 posted on 07/29/2012 2:14:11 PM PDT by GGpaX4DumpedTea (I am a Tea Party descendant...steeped in the Constitutional Republic given to us by the Founders.)
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To: Hetty_Fauxvert

I would say that your assessment was correct.


21 posted on 07/29/2012 2:15:21 PM PDT by sport
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To: FlJoePa

Everybody keeps focusing on football but in my opinion this was an epic failure in law enforcement as well. Has anybody heard of “Ray Gricar”?? Anybody want to guess how many times “Ray Gricar” was mentioned in the Freeh report?


22 posted on 07/29/2012 2:19:06 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

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23 posted on 07/29/2012 3:09:08 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner !!! Want to guess how many members of the Board of Trustees were blamed in the Freeh Report ?


24 posted on 07/29/2012 3:16:35 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen

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25 posted on 07/29/2012 5:59:42 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: FlJoePa

Buzz Bissinger is a loudmouth who belongs on VERY late night talk radio. Same for Dan Bernstein (Chicago).


26 posted on 07/30/2012 12:18:27 PM PDT by Winged Hussar (http://moveonpleasemoveon.blogspot.com/)
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To: Kid Shelleen

All the board members were blamed in the Freeh Report.

Maybe you should read it again.


27 posted on 08/01/2012 6:13:42 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: outpostinmass2
thanks ; I did read it again. Most of what saw was the board might have been delinquent in its over sight duties but the report clearly states several times they were not informed of the sandusky situation. How many members of the board were named in the report and how many were fired or charged?

Do you think anybody on the Board of Trustees had an inkling of what was going on?

28 posted on 08/01/2012 6:46:31 PM PDT by Kid Shelleen (Beat your plowshares into swords. Let the weak say I am strong)
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To: Kid Shelleen
The Freeh report states that the board was not aware of the Sandusky situation and did not inquire into the matter until news reports were broken. Spanier never gave them any information even after he met before the grand jury.

No one on the board was fired, one has quit. The Freeh report names the board members.

How many people in State College knew about Sandusky?

29 posted on 08/02/2012 6:17:39 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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