The picture above is from the PennState.Scout.com’s now scrubbed 2007 article on former Penn State Def. Coordinator Jerry Sandusky’s charity Second Mile. The scrubbing is notable because PennState.Scout.com, a property of Rupert Murdoch’s Fox Interactive Company, purports to be an independent source of news about Penn State athletics in it’s masthead:
If allegations are true, Pennsylvania State University President Graham Spanier knew about Jerry Sandusky’s use of Pennsylvania State University Athletic Department facilities to sexually assault boys since 2002 and the Athletic director knew of Sandusky’s crimes since 1998.
And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.
Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.
“Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law,” Kelly said.
There’s no indication that anyone at school attempted to find the boy or follow up with the witness, she said.
Curley denied that the assistant had reported anything of a sexual nature, calling it “merely ‘horsing around,'” the 23-page grand jury report said. But he also testified that he barred Sandusky from bringing children onto campus and that he advised Penn State President Graham Spanier of the matter.
The grand jury said Curley was lying, Kelly said, adding that it also deemed portions of Schultz’s testimony not to be credible.
Schultz told the jurors he also knew of a 1998 investigation involving sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with a boy in the showers the football team used.
But despite his job overseeing campus police, he never reported the 2002 allegations to any authorities, “never sought or received a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002,” the jurors wrote. “No one from the university did so.”
Sandusky was barred from bringing children on to the campus, and yet he could continue to use Campus facilities for his charity golf tournament in 2007. The report notes that long time head coach Joe Paterno immediately reported the incident to his boss, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. University President Spanier knew of these allegations while Curley sat on the allegations. Oddly enough Curley was charged with violating state law by failing to report the incidents to authorities but Spanier wasn’t. Spanier then released the following tone deaf statement:
The university president, Graham B. Spanier, who the grand jury said had been made aware of the 2002 incident, said in a statement that he stood behind the two officials.
“I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years,” Mr. Spanier said. “I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former university employee.”
A graduate assistant for the team told the grand jury he alerted Mr. Paterno in 2002 that he had seen Mr. Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the shower at the Lasch Football Building on the Penn State campus. The graduate student told the grand jury he went to Mr. Paterno’s home the next day and described what he had seen. Mr. Paterno, in turn, told Mr. Curley.
In 2002, Penn State officials were alerted they had a pedophile using their facilities and football program to lure and molest children and then leveraged this access to the football program to bribe the children into silence. It’s 2011 now and Sandusky is just now being charged. It’s unacceptable that Spanier didn’t demand action from his subordinates and it’s equally shameful that Paterno would simply comply with minimum reporting policy and not demand Sandusky turn himself before Paterno, Curley or Spanier did.