Penn State had 'total disregard' for victims, report says

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Who knew Penn State was the home of three stooges: Curley, Joe and Spanier?

That would be funny if the Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal were not so sick and wrong.

Former FBI director Louie Freeh says his investigation found Penn State’s top administrators had total disregard for the welfare of children, and put the interest of the football program ahead of common decency.

'Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard  for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,' Freeh said in releasing his 267-page report,  'The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.  Mr. (Graham) Spanier, (Gary) Shultz, (Joe) Paterno and (Tim) Curley never demonstrated through actions or words any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest. '

Freeh’s report says Penn State former president Spanier, then-senior vice president Schultz and athletics director Curley, along with football coach Paterno, deliberately covered up Sandusky’s child abuse.

A jury convicted Sandusky in June of sexually abusing young boys over a 15-year period. He’s awaiting sentencing.

Penn State’s board of trustees fired Paterno after learning he told his bosses about Sandusky getting caught having sex with a boy in a team shower, but didn't tell cops. Paterno found out about it from graduate assistant Mike McQueary. Freeh has given alleged e-mails and a Sandusky file to authorities.

'We don`t have the benefit of having spoken to Mr. Paterno, as I believe he intended to do,' said Freeh. 'However, we have a statement that he made with respect to the conversation when (McQueary) first advised him of what he had seen in the showers on the night of February ninth, Friday night.  And Mr. Paterno’s quote was ‘You did what you had to do, now it`s up to me to decide what we want to do.’ I think that’s a very telling and a very important and critical statement.'

Of course a big question is what the NCAA will do. Seems pretty strange that taking a recruit to lunch can lead to sanctions, but raping boys in the team shower gets a free pass.

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