According to an internal investigation, the most powerful officials at Penn State actively worked to cover up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse and rape of children, failing to protect them against a sexual predator for more than a decade.
Notably, Penn State’s Board of Trustees commissioned former FBI director Louis Freeh to investigate how child molester Jerry Sandusky — for years one of Paterno’s most trusted and loyal assistants — could have committed his awful crimes under the noses of university officials.
While, the answer is simple and shocking: Those officials simply looked the other way. Sandusky retired in 1999, but kept an office at the school and used its facilities, where there were several reported sightings of him assaulting young children on campus.
Sandusky was found guilty on June 22 of 45 criminal counts relating to the assault of 10 boys over a 15-year period. Earlier, these men concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community and authorities,” the report stated. “They exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky’s 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,” when then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary reported witnessing Sandusky sexually assault a young boy in a locker room.
In this respect, those four powerful officials include Paterno, who died earlier this year of lung cancer. Almost literally a sainted figure in the world of big-time, big-money college sports, Paterno became aware of seriously inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with young boys at least 14 years ago, according to Freeh’s report. Paterno’s inaction was shameful. Everyone with any connection to these events must share that wish. But to note that Joe did anything to prevent the facts from being known is a deliberate distortion of the truth.