Background[ edit ] Jerry Sandusky was an assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team from to The grand jury hears cases in full but does not have the authority to indict. State attorney general Linda L. Kelly prepared a presentment which included credibility determinations about the testimonies received before the first grand jury for the second grand jury. This second grand jury heard testimony from Victim 3,  Victim 5, and Victim 6. Kelly said that during the investigation there was an "uncooperative atmosphere" from some Penn State officials.
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In an investigation lasting more than seven months, Louis J. Freeh, a former director of the F. The trustees, who hired Mr. The failure of top officials to stop Mr. Freeh wrote. The findings have implications for universities across the country, experts said, particularly those where popular sports programs can take on outsize influence.
Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni. And where athletics are involved, I think there is an urgent question whether some institutions have lost touch with their purpose.
Erickson, said they accepted the findings and the blame, and said change was already under way. Frazier, a member of the Penn State board of trustees, on Thursday after the release of a report by Louis J. At a news conference, Mr.
Erickson did not answer directly when asked if there had been excessive reverence for the football program. Karen B. Peetz, a trustee for two years and the chairwoman of the board since January, was asked if Mr. Paterno should still be venerated on campus.
Spanier, who was forced out last fall, released a statement saying that some of Mr. Spanier did not know until last year of any child abuse allegation against Sandusky. But they did not address the point made by Mr. Freeh that when concerns were raised about Mr. Sandusky, in , in and again last year, Mr. Spanier kept the board in the dark. Freeh found that the board did not follow the common practice of having the president report routinely on looming problems and legal liabilities.
Freeh wrote, Mr. Freeh that the board was little more than a rubber stamp for the administration. Yet last year, when the first news reports were published of a criminal investigation into Mr. Sandusky, saying that Mr. Spanier and other officials had testified before a grand jury, only one trustee insisted that Mr. Spanier tell the board about it. Officials gave the board a cursory briefing weeks later, with Mr. Spanier assuring them that the problem was minor and the trustees not demanding more, Mr.
Freeh reported. The Jeanne Clery Act, enacted in and named for a student who was raped and murdered at Lehigh University, requires colleges to pull together information on crime from a variety of sources and warn the university community about potential threats. The law holds a wide range of college employees — including coaches — responsible for contributing to that reporting. But at Penn State, Mr.
Freeh found, officials did not know until recently that anyone but the campus police had that obligation, and the police paid little attention to the law until The first plan for complying with the law was drafted in , but it still had not been adopted when Mr.
The football program, Mr. A former Penn State senior vice president, Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim Curley face criminal charges under that statute, along with charges of perjury.
The episode involved occurred in , when a graduate assistant coach, Mike McQueary, reported that Mr. Sandusky had sexually assaulted a boy in a locker room shower. Whether or not Mr. Spanier understood the nature of the charge, e-mails uncovered by Mr. Freeh show that Mr. Spanier, Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley agreed to report the episode to the state child welfare agency.
But they did not. Freeh quoted an unnamed senior official as calling Mr. The impression that Mr. Paterno had more power than the officials ostensibly above him is not new. In , Mr. Spanier and Mr. Curley — who, in theory, could fire the coach at will — told Mr. Paterno he should retire; Mr. Paterno refused to go, and that ended the discussion.
In an investigation lasting more than seven months, Louis J. Freeh, a former director of the F. The trustees, who hired Mr. The failure of top officials to stop Mr. Freeh wrote. The findings have implications for universities across the country, experts said, particularly those where popular sports programs can take on outsize influence. Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
Penn State child sex abuse scandal
His father Arthur served in the field of youth service programs for over 30 years, mostly as director of the Brownson House in Washington, Pennsylvania , a community recreation center for children. He improved the facilities there by adding a new playground, gym, outdoor basketball court, and a renovated football field. He managed the Washington baseball team that won the Pony League World Series championship , the only team from Washington to win that championship. Arthur was inducted into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame in
Full text of Freeh Report into Penn State scandal
The Freeh Report