Sex Scandal Engulfs Penn State Football Program

I wrote about this on our Penn State web site but it is worth adding here.

As a Penn State alum, the charges are sickening and shocking. If Curley and Schultz covered up sexual attacks on young boys then they need to fired immediately. Until their legal case is resolved, they should be put on leave. Penn State cannot claim to be a leading educational institution if they keep Curley and Schultz in their current positions.

From my earlier post:

Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz were both charged Saturday with perjury and failing to report what they knew about about an investigation into allegations that former Nittany Lions defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused eight young men.

Sandusky has been released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned Saturday on 40 criminal counts, the state attorney general’s office said.

Joe Paterno has not been charged authorities. In the grand jury report it is said that when Paterno first learned of one report of abuse, he immediately reported it to Curley.

Attorney General Linda Kelly called Sandusky

“a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys.”

The grand jury identified eight young men who were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky from 1994 to 2009, prosecutors said.

“It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury,” Kelly said.

Prosecutors said all of the young men first encountered Sandusky through Second Mile.

A grand jury report, which recommended charges, said the first to come to light was a boy who met Sandusky when he was 11 or 12. The boy received expensive gifts and trips to sports events from Sandusky, and physical contact began during his overnight stays at Sandusky’s home, jurors said. Sandusky was banned from the child’s school district in Clinton County in 2009, after his mother reported alleged sexual assault to his high school. That triggered the state investigation that culminated in charges Saturday.

Kelly said that seven years before that, in 2002, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in the locker room of the Lasch Football Building on campus. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.

Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.

“Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law,” Kelly said. “Additionally, there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child … or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information from the person who witnessed the attack.”

The jury said Curley lied when he testified repeatedly that he was never told Sandusky had engaged in sexual misconduct with a child, Kelly said, adding that portions of Schultz’s testimony also were not deemed credible by the jury.

Penn State president Graham Spanier called the allegations against Sandusky “troubling” but said Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support and he predicted they will be exonerated.

“I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years,” he said. “I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee.”

That is not a good enough response from Spanier. He needs to get in front of this story by putting Curley and Schultz on leave until this is resolved.

Comments

  1. Paterno should have gone to the police! I can’t believe this was covered up just so Penn State’s image was not tarnished. Mr. Paterno, being the coach with the most wins is more important than the shattered lives of these children and their families? No integrity, no class, no respect.

    • It will be interesting to see Paterno knew and when. If all he did was tell Curley and that was it, then I agree, he has to go

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