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Report: Former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno and other top university officials acted with “total disregard” for the children sexually abused by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky because of their fear of “bad publicity,” a report by the university’s internal investigation said today.
The report was released at the conclusion of the investigation led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, who was hired to find out why officials who knew of child molestation accusations failed to stop Sandusky or report him to police.
The report said that Paterno, along with officials Tim Curley, Gary Schultz, and former president Graham Spanier, “repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities,” and it blamed those four men for failing to stop Sandusky and protect other children from his harm. Read the full report.
The four officials showed a “striking lack of empathy” for the victims of Sandusky’s abuse and empowered the former assitant coach to continue abusing, the report said.