Freeh report: Paterno knew of 1998 Sandusky investigation
The late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew of the 1998 criminal investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse involving Jerry Sandusky, according to the Freeh report.
Findings from the independent investigation conducted by Louis Freeh, the former FBI director, indicate Paterno was made aware of the investigation, followed it closely, “but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching stuff for almost 30 years, and had an office just steps away from Mr. Paterno’s.”
“At the very least, Mr. Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building,” the report said.
Sandusky was convicted last month on 45 of 48 charges that he sexually abused 10 boys, sometimes in the Lasch building.
The Freeh report said Paterno, former university President Graham Spanier and former top administrators Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, “never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.”
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