A series of 2001 emails — now key to the government’s case — show that the men at least considered the situation serious enough to warrant contacting police. They ultimately rejected the idea, opting instead to bar Sandusky from bringing children on campus, to urge the former coach to submit to counseling and to inform his children’s charity, the Second Mile, of the allegations.“The only downside for us is if the message isn’t ‘heard’ and acted upon,” Mr. Spanier wrote, signing off on the decision. “We then become vulnerable for not having reported it.”All three men had been informed in 1998 about another investigation led by Penn State’s campus police into a report that Sandusky had showered with and potentially abused a different boy. That case never led to charges, but Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz corresponded frequently with then-police Chief Thomas Harmon about the progress of his investigation. Mr. Spanier was copied on at least two of those exchanges.Mr. Schultz kept his handwritten notes on the 1998 investigation in a locked file that investigators found years later. “Other children? Is this opening of Pandora’s box?” he had written.
March 13, 2017 at 10:14 PM EDT