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Feds investigate if Penn State officials violated US law
msnbc.com ^ | Nov.9, 2011 | Michael Isikoff

Posted on 11/09/2011 4:09:06 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY

Federal officials will investigate whether Penn State officials violated federal law by failing to report alleged sexual abuse by the school's former football defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Justin Hamilton, a spokesman for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, confirmed to NBC News that the department was launching a probe into whether there were possible violations of a federal law called the Clery Act. It requires colleges and universities to publish and distribute information about criminal offenses -- including sex offenses -- that are reported to school authorities. Penn State officials were formally notified of the investigation in a letter received Wednesday, officials said.

"If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible tragedy for those young boys," Duncan said in a statement. "If it turns out that some people at the school knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it even worse. Schools and school officials have a legal and moral responsibility to protect children and young people from violence and abuse."

(Excerpt) Read more at openchannel.msnbc.msn.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: molestation; nambla; pedophiles; queer

1 posted on 11/09/2011 4:09:06 PM PST by Free ThinkerNY
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To: Free ThinkerNY
Anyone remember when this was the job of Grand Juries?

ML/NJ

2 posted on 11/09/2011 4:10:50 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Oh no, child molestation is a-okay if it means the school football team wins.


3 posted on 11/09/2011 4:11:17 PM PST by MeganC (Are you better off than you were four years ago?)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
not that it changes what we think of this man's character, but... while I keep seeing multiple references to "young boys", this was a college football program correct? Would that not imply that the students there are mostly over the age of 18?

I just find it very curious that there is no mention of the boy's ages in any of the stories I've seen.

If anyone here has seen the ages mentioned, please pass that link along if you would

4 posted on 11/09/2011 4:11:37 PM PST by Lloyd227 (Class of 1998 (let's all help the Team McCain spider monkeys decide how to moderate))
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To: Free ThinkerNY

This is what happens when coaches make a million a year. They are willing to look the other way at even a homosexual rape of a 10 year old boy if it means it won’t endanger their lucrative salary.

Time to cut salaries for all college coaches by 90%.


5 posted on 11/09/2011 4:13:30 PM PST by macquire
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To: ml/nj

Feds have to get involved in everything. They’re like Gloria Allred.


6 posted on 11/09/2011 4:13:49 PM PST by JennysCool (My hypocrisy goes only so far)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Feds investingating ANYBODY for breaking the law???
Who said “HYPOCRISY”? Who said “conflict of interest”?
What set of laws anyway? What country?

LOL !!!!


7 posted on 11/09/2011 4:14:23 PM PST by EagleUSA
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To: Lloyd227

Take a look at the indictment. The victims were all young boys.


8 posted on 11/09/2011 4:15:03 PM PST by Friend of the Friendless (R-Illinois)
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To: Lloyd227

They’re children. One was 10 years old. I’m new to the story myself. They apparently had children programs.


9 posted on 11/09/2011 4:15:03 PM PST by miss marmelstein (Let's have a Cain Mutiny!)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Publik skoolz can tell 11 years go ahead and have sex, even beastiality show them the nearest abortion clinic and have them write reports about different condoms, see NYC..... and now there is a question whether or not covering up child molestation might be a crime??

This country is so messed up...


10 posted on 11/09/2011 4:15:13 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

Is Kevin Jennings going to be appointed as the Safe Locker Room Czar?


11 posted on 11/09/2011 4:15:48 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: Lloyd227

These were preteens being “helped” through a charity run by Sandusky.


12 posted on 11/09/2011 4:16:00 PM PST by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Happiness)
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To: Lloyd227

No, they were boys. From the article:

“March 2002 in which Sandusky sodomized a naked 10-year-old boy in the locker room shower.”


13 posted on 11/09/2011 4:17:00 PM PST by jazusamo (The real minimum wage is zero: Thomas Sowell)
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To: Lloyd227

Grand Jury Report:

http://i.cdn.turner.com/dr/teg/tsg/release/sites/default/files/assets/sanduskygrangjury.pdf

The report mentions boys’ ages as 8, 10, 11, and up.


14 posted on 11/09/2011 4:17:19 PM PST by Palladin (Where is Ray Gricar?)
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To: GeronL

Barney frank for an example.


15 posted on 11/09/2011 4:19:48 PM PST by DWC (historian)
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To: ml/nj
The fact that there are such things as federal crimes is a crime.

This is a local and state matter.

16 posted on 11/09/2011 4:21:50 PM PST by elkfersupper (Member of the Original Defiant Class)
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To: Lloyd227

Here is the grand jury report:

http://www.attorneygeneral.gov/uploadedFiles/Press/Sandusky-Grand-Jury-Presentment.pdf

It’s 23 pages. If you don’t throw up while reading it, and make it all the way through, your questions will be answered.


17 posted on 11/09/2011 4:23:24 PM PST by free me (heartless)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

So Arne Duncan is gonna take a look at PSU, which is run by the guy who was on the short list for Duncan’s job. Snort.


18 posted on 11/09/2011 4:25:13 PM PST by mewzilla (Forget a third party. We need a second one.)
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To: Free ThinkerNY
I teach in NJ, I would be charged with a felony if I fail to report a suspected case of sexual abuse.

The law actually reads that I must report it to law enforcement.

19 posted on 11/09/2011 4:25:43 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: Free ThinkerNY

C’mon, it’s a public school, what’d’ya expect?


20 posted on 11/09/2011 4:27:35 PM PST by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Lloyd227

The grand jury reported the ages of the boys.One as young as 10 years old (that is the one who was raped in the shower, another case was when a janitor walked into a room where a young child was giving Sandusky a BJ.


21 posted on 11/09/2011 4:29:38 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: free me

I got to victim four before I got so sick I turned off my computer for the rest of the night.


22 posted on 11/09/2011 4:31:02 PM PST by mware (By all that you hold dear on this good earth, I bid you stand, Men of the West)
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To: mware

The talk is about Paterno retiring when it should be why he isnt being arrested


23 posted on 11/09/2011 4:31:33 PM PST by italianquaker ( Mr Obama inherited an AAA rating and made it AA, thnx Resident Zero)
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To: Joe 6-pack

LOL


24 posted on 11/09/2011 4:31:36 PM PST by SirLurkedalot (OccupyMinefield, you communist filth!)
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To: mware

I was so angry 2 nights ago after reading half of it I had to to the same.

Sickening.


25 posted on 11/09/2011 4:32:59 PM PST by free me (heartless)
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To: Joe 6-pack
Is Kevin Jennings going to be appointed as the Safe Locker Room Czar?

I got blasted on a lib-newspaper blog for pointing out this was homosexual rape. Everyone was fuming about the child "molester" but no one could bring themselves to mention the "H" word. The cognitive dissonance was amazing.

26 posted on 11/09/2011 4:42:27 PM PST by PGR88 (I'm so open-minded my brains fell out)
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To: Lloyd227

The boys were not from the team The ages ranged from 10-15.


27 posted on 11/09/2011 4:49:46 PM PST by SECURE AMERICA (Where can I sign up for the New American Revolution and the Crusades 2012?)
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To: italianquaker

Consider this as an example of Paterno’s chutzpah. He announces today that he will retire at the end of the football season. HE announces when he will leave Penn State. The trustees are meeting even as we speak to decide what will happen to Paterno, Spanier, and other officials. Paterno pre-empts them with his announcement. The trustees decide whether or not Paterno continues until the end of the season or is kicked out tomorrow. Paterno apparently thinks only he can decide when he leaves. Who’s boss here? He should be fired immediately. He’s a disgrace. He also has a monumental ego. If I were a trustee at Penn State, I’d kick his sorry ass out the door tonight. Tell him to clean out his desk and locker and get out.


28 posted on 11/09/2011 5:01:33 PM PST by WestSylvanian
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To: JennysCool
Feds have to get involved in everything.

Yes, this seem to me to be the responsibility of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and not the Feds. And I wouldn't be surprised if Gloria Allred tries to get involved in some way. I'm sure the phone hasn't stopped ringing for all the lawyers trying to get involved. Thank God that like Virginia Tech, Penn State is a entity of the state of Pennsylvania just like Va Tech is in the commonwealth of Virginia. A state can limit liability. This will keep the doors open at Penn State after the legal stuff is settled. Maybe that's why the Feds are trying to get involved. Hey lawyers, help me out on this one. I'm not sure about this not being an attorney.
29 posted on 11/09/2011 5:08:20 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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30 posted on 11/09/2011 5:56:31 PM PST by TheOldLady (FReepmail me to get ON or OFF the ZOT LIGHTNING ping list)
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To: WestSylvanian
He also has a monumental ego.

Yes, he has received very special treatment for a long time. Most coaches are forced to retire in their mid to late sixties. Paterno is 84. I've never heard of anyone being allowed to stay anywhere near that long. They kept him so that he could get the distinction of having the most football wins of any NCAA coach. I bet Paterno wishes he had retired in his late sixties now. Had he retired at say 70 or so, none of this probably would have happened.
31 posted on 11/09/2011 6:42:06 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: WestSylvanian
Paterno apparently thinks only he can decide when he leaves. Who’s boss here? He should be fired immediately. He’s a disgrace. He also has a monumental ego. If I were a trustee at Penn State, I’d kick his sorry ass out the door tonight.

I just thought of something else. Contrast Paterno with another(and greater) coaching legend, John Wooden. Wooden retired in 1975 at the age of 65 (can it be that long ago?). He stepped down at the right time. Wooden probably could have coached as long as he wanted or as long as his health would have permitted, but he stepped down at the right time. Paterno wanted to keep coaching way pass the time when it was time to go. I'll guarantee you that he has not been doing the major amount of coaching and that his assistants have been doing just about everything for a long time. This might have been why something like this happened. Does anybody thing this would have happened if Paterno was 55? I doubt it.
32 posted on 11/09/2011 6:50:35 PM PST by truthguy (Good intentions are not enough.)
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To: MeganC

It’s worse than that.

Penn State’s football team is worshipped like a religion. Their fans are hardcore and rabid (as are most college sports fans). PSU football fans practically “live and die” based upon the team’s success or failure every week.


33 posted on 11/10/2011 5:23:23 AM PST by Ernie Kaputnik ((It's a mad, mad, mad world.))
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To: ml/nj

I’ll bet some of the local cops and even state cops knew about Sandusky’s sexual preferences, but he was considered untouchable. Jerry was probably a running joke in some circles. This story isn’t over yet.


34 posted on 11/10/2011 5:36:09 AM PST by RedwM
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