Now that a jury has convicted Jerry Sandusky of 45 charges of child sex abuse, the focus has now shifted back to the Penn State officials who failed to report Sandusky to the proper authorities early this century.
E-mails from 2001 uncovered by CNN and NBC show that former athletic director Tim Curley and retired vice president Gary Schultz intended to report Sandusky to authorities after a Penn State graduate assistant told them he saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the team locker room shower, but changed their mind. The e-mails also show that former school president Graham Spanier supported Curley and Schultz’s plan, but worried that school officials would be “vulnerable” for failing to report Sandusky.
Curley and Schultz, who have been charged with perjury in their grand jury testimony, are now the next ones in line to enter court and answer questions. And, with lawsuits filed by the victims against the school likely pending and an internal Penn State investigation headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh on the horizon, expect things to get even uglier than they are now.
As new information surfaces as to how university officials handled things, it only serves to weaken any type of planned defense by the university’s legal team.
I’m really interested to see the results of Freeh’s investigation, which is trying to determine if the school failed to act on the early allegations against Sandusky. There’s already been a ton of incriminating evidence, and if you ask me, these recent reports seem to only be the tip of the iceberg.
There are so many questions that need to be answered; there are so many new questions developing.
It’s impossible to estimate how much damage there will be from all of this. Depending on what else is discovered, the effects can and certainly will serve as the ultimate example as to how not to handle a major crisis situation. At the risk of sounding cliche, stay tuned.
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