Freeh Report: Allowing Sandusky to retire in 1999 let him groom future victims
The Freeh Report is unequivocal on the senior leaders at Penn State bearing the brunt of the blame for child abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky after 1998.
The report, released Thursday morning, states former PSU President Graham Spanier, former vice president Gary Schultz, former athletic director Tim Curley and former head coach Joe Paterno “failed to protect against a child sex predator harming children for over a decade.”
Additionally, the report states the men concealed pertinent information regarding Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the PSU community and authorities.
Despite knowing about the 1998 investigation into Sandusky, Penn State allowed the assistant coach to retire in 1999 as a “valued member of the Penn State football legacy.” That left the door open for continued child abuse, the report states.
…with future “visibility” at Penn State and ways “to continue work with young people through Penn State,” essentially granting him license to bring boys to campus facilities for “grooming” as targets for his assault.
Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child abuse last month.