Penn State administrators ‘repeatedly concealed critical facts’ in Sandusky case


An independent investigation has found that Pennsylvania State administrators, including the late  football coach Joe Paterno, “repeatedly concealed critical facts” to avoid bad publicity relating to allegations that former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky could be a pedophile.

The FBI Former FBI director Louis Freeh presented the 267-page Freeh Report today. It found that the former University President Graham Spanier, Paterno and two other university officials “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.”

The university was aware of a criminal investigation as far back as 1998 in Sandusky’s sexual abuse of children, but took no action to address the issue, the Wall Street Journal reports. In June, Mr. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts related to child sexual abuse and faces up to 442 years in prison.

According to the report, Mr. Paterno, long revered as a football legend, said, “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

A previous version of this story referred to the Freeh Report as having been unveiled by the FBI. In fact the report was funded in full by Penn State University and headed by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

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Penn State administrators ‘repeatedly concealed critical facts’ in Sandusky case

  1. Disgusting!

  2. “Penn State administrators ‘repeatedly concealed critical facts’ in Sandusky case”

    So, no different from their Michael Mann whitewashing investigation…

  3. All of this could have been avoided if someone who saw something said something to the Penn State University police…Mike McQueary to that end has the most blame, although many more have their share.

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