Judge Says Senior Penn State Officials Disregarded Children's Safety

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh says the most "saddening and sobering" finding from his group

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999, file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator. Jerry Sandusky, during the college football team's media day in State College, Pa. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)

Former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh says the most "saddening and sobering" finding from his group's report into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal is Penn State senior leaders' "total disregard" for the safety and welfare of the ex- coach's child victims.

He says that the "most powerful men at Penn State failed" to take any steps for 14 years, calling out Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, ex-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz.

The investigation concluded that the senior officials "concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse" because they were worried about bad publicity.

Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts. The scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and Spanier.


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