The results of Penn State's internal investigation into the Sandusky scandal, led by former federal judge and FBI ex-director Louis Freeh was released today. The report runs 267 pages and more than 400 people were interviewed, though former Penn State coach Joe Paterno was not one of them.
According to the report, Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials covered up child sex abuse allegations since 1998, out of fear of bad publicity. "Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State," said former FBI Director Louis Freeh. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
The report says Paterno was part of a larger problem at the university, a top-down culture where interests of the University were repeatedly placed over the welfare of the victims.
Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of sexual assault last month, after a trial that included testimony from eight men who said Sandusky abused them as boys, sometimes on campus, and used his prestige as a university celebrity to manipulate the children.
Anne Danahy, covers Penn State for the Centre Daily Times in State College, PA.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report