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Freeh: Paterno and others failed to protect Sandusky's victims

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PHILADELPHIA (WHTM) -

A Penn State internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has found the university's most powerful men failed to protect children victimized by the former assistant football coach for 14 years.

Former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh said Thursday that Penn State president Graham Spanier, head football coach Joe Paterno, vice president Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley "never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest."

Freeh said Penn State officials planned to go to authorities after a former graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, said he witnessed Sandusky with a young boy in a locker room shower, but after Curley consulted with Paterno they changed the plan and decided not to make a report.

"Their failure to protect the February 9, 2001 child victim, or make attempts to identify him, created a dangerous situation for other unknown, unsuspecting young boys who were lured to the Penn State campus and football games by Sandusky and victimized repeatedly by him," Freeh said.

Freeh said Spanier, Paterno, Schultz and Curley further exposed the child to additional harm by alerting Sandusky, who was the only one who knew the child's identity, about what McQueary saw in the shower.

"In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University - Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large," Freeh said.

The investigation also found that the four men also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky after an incident with a young boy in a Penn State football locker room shower.

"The evidence shows that Mr. Paterno was made aware of the 1998 investigation of Sandusky, followed it closely, but failed to take any action, even though Sandusky had been a key member of his coaching staff for almost 30 years," Freeh said.

Freeh said even though the four all knew about the 1998 incident, the best they could do to protect Sandusky's victims was to ask Sandusky not to bring his "guests" into Penn State facilities.

You can read the full report here: http://www.abc27.com/link/573149/the-freeh-report

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