Skip to comments.Freeh Report on Penn State and the Sandusky Scandal Released Today
Posted on 07/12/2012 6:16:38 AM PDT by iowamark
The independent report by Louis Freeh and his law firm, Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan, LLP, into the facts and circumstances of the actions of The Pennsylvania State University surrounding the child sexual abuse committed by a former employee, Gerald A. Sandusky, will be available at 9am today. Mr. Freehs statement is available now by clicking on the Download the Press Release link below.
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Maybe I'm not the only one wanting to read it now...
In my opinion........this will just be a reason for many to continue to attack the late Joe Paterno. In our society, we always need to find a “reason” why criminals do what they do. Jerry Sandusky is going to spend the rest of his life in prison. He’s the criminal. Many need to be able to point a finger at someone and say, see! it’s his or her fault for the criminal.
I wonder why the PAG is involved in that way...
Those who knew that Sandusky was molesting children in Penn State buildings and did nothing to stop him are guilty as well.
I don't care about the "reason" why Sandusky did what he did.
If it had been one incident, it's all on the perp, and be done with it.
I DO care about the reason why JoePa and others let it go on and on and on. When it happens over and over and over, then it's NOT just the perp, it's a lot of enablers involved, too.
And if you lock up Sandusky and change nothing else, then nothing will have changed.
Hopefully, the forthcoming lawsuits will bankrupt Pedd State and its football program shut down permanently.
--- You say that singularly, as if there is only one.
The most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sanduskys child victims.
TOTAL and CONSISTENT DISREGARD
Tell me there are not other criminals there.
Who knew? You’re sure that someone knew? Mike McCreary supposedly saw something, told his father......not the police. Did Jerry Sandusky’s wife know? What about the charity he was involved in? Did the children tell their parents? They knew?
Jerry Sandusky is the guilty one here. He’s going to prison, most likely for the rest of his life. The children are going to sue the deep pockets of someone, most likely the University, which will pass along the costs to future students.
Like I said, in our society, for some unknown reason, there’s always a need to blame someone OTHER than the criminal. Could he have been stopped? I don’t know. Could his wife have stopped him? His adopted son now claims that he was molested, too. Did the rest of his family know? His close friends? The people at the charity?
Joe Paterno is dead and buried, he can’t defend himself, which is why he’ll be attacked. Jerry Sandusky is going to prison, where he belongs.
Try this on for size:
Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President‐Finance and Business Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. These men concealed Sanduskys activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities. They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sanduskys victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well‐being, especially by not attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001. Further, they exposed this child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the childs identity, of what McQueary saw in the shower on the night of February 9, 2001.
Still think that there's only one criminal ?
The Pennsylvania State University’s football program won’t be shut down. The football program didn’t molest the children, the former coach did. Jerry Sandusky met the children through a charity.
Jerry Sandusky was correctly found guilty and will go to prison.
Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sanduskys child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State.
The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.
Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sanduskys victims until after Sanduskys arrest.
The criminal is Jerry Sandusky. He’s going to prison, HE molested those children and was found guilty.
I could be mistaken, but Graham Spanier and Gary Schultz are under indictment? Or being charged? Or some legal procedure. Maybe they too will be found guilty. If so, then they go to prison, too.
Joseph Paterno is dead and buried.
Jerry Sandusky is going to prison. HE is the criminal. HE molested those children.
1. Joe was saving the football program and the integrity of the school.
2. Joe was protecting his son Jay in hopes that he would get the head coaching job.
BTW Sue Paterno knew everything.
You're still claiming that there's only one person guilty.
theres always a need to blame someone OTHER than the criminal.
As I said, molest one child once, shame on you. Molest several children several times over a decade, and shame on you and all your "friends".
Of course there will be lawsuits.
I suspect most of them will be settled to avoid lengthy trials.
I have a difficult time believing that knowledge of these actions were limited to only the PSU family.
As pointed out by Freepers before, how is it that Sandusky, who retired from coaching at a fairly young age, apparently didn’t receive any offers to coach from other institutions?
I'm not arguing that Sandusky is not a criminal. But you seem to be arguing that he is the ONLY one.
Lots of friends of Jerry Sandusky claim they didn’t know. His family, too. They need to go to prison, too? As a mother and wife, I’ve wondered how Mrs. Sandusky could have possibly NOT known what was going on in her own home.
Look, don’t think that I am defending, any any way, Jerry Sandusky. He molested MANY children and for that he was found guilty and will, rightfully, probably spend the rest of his life in prison. I am truly sickened at the thought of that individual touching ANY child.
So, poor Joe Pa "can't defend himself"? Seems to me, then, that that puts him pretty much in the same position as that boy who was being sodomized in shower in a Penn State facility.
Surely, the boy warrants a bit more sympathy than Joe Paterno, at this point? Unless, that is, you think that the boy should have just "taken one for the team"?
Should you ever tire of embracing the cult of Penn State football, might I perhaps suggest an alternative? Say, Scientology?
Sorry swpa_mom, but the evidence in mounting that JoePa knew of at least some of the sexual activity Sandusky had with CHILDREN, and decided to do precious little about it. If the email release from last week is accurate, he ACTIVELY talked other folks at Penn State out of going to the cops.
I’m sorry, but having a false “perfect” image of someone does a disservice to all those who suffered due to JoePa’s inactivity and PRO-ACTIVE intervention in keep the police out of this, to save the image of Penn State.
And no, this is not simply “his or her fault” it’s THEIR fault. MULTIPLE people. There are sins of commision AND omission. There are also laws against a coverup, which is what was going on here. And when the subject of the coverup is allowed free reign to rape boys IN THE PENN STATE FACILITIES, even after incidents were brought to light over the years, then that says A LOT.
If you don’t want to hear about it, and understand how your attitude can allow thing like this to happen, then I”m sure you can find and join a group of teens ready to turn over some cars and light some fires over this as well.
Most on campus knew it. An ice cream shop even had the Sandusky Cake with the nuts on the bottom.
Well, that didn’t take long.
I hadn't considered that angle.
The report says he was hired back, after his "retirement" as an "emergency" move.
Wonder what that was about? Maybe he threatened to expose somebody else?
Nah, not likely. Would mean self-incrimination.
Do you think other universities knew of his doings and STILL kept quiet?
If a man fails to perform this most basic duty, then he fails as a man. Case closed.
Paterno failed as a man. There can be no other conclusion made.
I understand you're a woman. So why are you excusing/rationalizing/minimizing the inaction of a man (Paterno) who failed to perform his moral duty to protect children?
Respectfully, I don't understand your position regarding the morality of this issue.
Coaches are a fairly tight fraternity, I think they all knew that there was something about Sandusky that kept them away from him.
Not necessarily, and it was a mistake for me to say "all your friends" in my analogy. But I believe that there were friends who enabled this.
Look, dont think that I am defending, any any way, Jerry Sandusky.
I don't think that. You've made it clear that you think he's guilty.
My only point is that he's not the only one who's guilty, and possibly Saint Joe is guilty, and we shouldn't close the book simply because Sandusky is in jail.
I played golf with Sandusky five times in 15 years while contributing to his fund.
I interviewed Joe about 10 times during that time.
I never saw this coming.
Sandusky told me he didn't take another football head coaching job because his roots would always be in State College. I think we now know why he didn't move.
This doesn't go on as long as it did without some very powerful people protecting Sandusky.
Please know that my replies will end after this one.
Once any conversation goes into personal attacks, I just walk away, I’m no longer interested in the conversation.
Have a nice day.
There were rumors and I am sure people heard them.
With child molesters however, people won’t admit to hearing the rumors.
For instance when the Tiger Wood’s story broke everyone in the media or golf and sports social network claimed to have prior knowledge or knew first hand. They just kept the stories “in house”.
Paterno was complicit. He should be rightly attacked for his extreme negligence. His legacy should be dismantled.
Read the report. It sums up what any sane person thought when this all went down. It was a cover-up at the highest levels of Penn State... a cover up instituted to protect Penn State’s untouchable “culture” and it’s precious revenue stream.
Who cares about some disposable kids? Certainly not Joe Paterno.
Yet many in the Penn St. administration knew what was going on, and chose to remain silent. People very high up in the food chain in Happy Valley. That includes Joe Pa. This is his legacy. He condoned a serial child molester’s behavior, on and off campus.
Don’t confuse the poor lass with facts.
I know you jopa worshippers have a hard time grasping that fact.
Sandusky would have been in prison long before if JoPa had done what any decent man would have done, turn him in to the police.
The football program came first.
Agreed. It just that simple.
Joe Paterno knew. And he did nothing. The report even stated that Paterno and crew contacted Sandusky to tell him about the allegations from Mike McQuerry. Paterno never even bothered to find out about the child, whether he was alive or not. His first act was to contact Sandusky, a man who Paterno knew was accused two years early of doing the same thing. No what I think, I think Sandusky killed that child he molested in the shower shortly after being tipped off by Paterno.
That’s the other disturbing thing to consider, if indeed there was a “pedophile ring”, those don’t exist over a long period of time, without some bodies being buried somewhere.
I believe Pennsylvania filed a bill or made a law recently making it a crime not to report child abuse.
Massachusetts had to place a law on the book after the Catholic priest molestations. We call it the Cardinal Law law.
It's a shame that this case wasn't prosecuted years ago, when Paterno might have been punished as well.
I suspect most of them will be settled to avoid lengthy trials.”
Hopefully the NCAA will sanction and expel PSU football for many many years. Joe P was an enabler; big time!
Every current PSU player should be allowed to transfer to other schools without having to sit out a year.
Jerry Sandusky was correctly found guilty and will go to prison.
The very important point you and some other Jo Pa and Penn State defenders are missing is that Sanduskys predilections for sexually molesting young boys under his care and charge was not exactly an unknown to some Penn State officials, including Paterno going back to at least 1998. While Sandusky may have met his victims through Second Mile, he abused many of them while on the Penn State campus and during Penn State football games as acting as a Penn State employee in various parts of the country.
Paterno totally ruled Penn State and what he said went; whether that was covering up for football players engaged in on or off campus criminal offences; riding rough shod over university rules and other officials to keep those matters quiet and insisting on disciplining players himself by things such as merely making them clean up the stadium after a game when they should have been booted out of the university or even to have faced criminal charges, to, after testifying to the grand jury that after he (Paterno) reported Mclearys accusations to his superiors, had no further involvement what so ever when the emails in the Freech investigation indicates that Paterno did intervene after his initial report to his superiors, Curley and Schultz and ultimately Spanier, and contrary to his grand jury testimony he convinced them to go easy on Sandusky and not report his crimes to the authorities.
Judging from the lack of any (reported) offers from other Universities, strongly suspect many others outside of PSU had to have known something.