The Good Ole Boys played their little game of cover up for 14 years while club member, now-convicted pedophile, Jerry Sandusky continued his victimization of children. Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse involving 10 victims during a span of 15 years.
Todays release of the Penn State internal investigation, conducted by former FBI director Louis Freeh, points fingers at “Good Ole Boys” Coach Joe Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. By pointing fingers, I mean to say that according to this report these higher-ups knew of Sandusky’s immoral and illicit activities and consciously chose to cover it up! I don’t know about you, but this just makes my blood boil!
Sandusky is exactly where he should be, in a Pennsylvania county jail awaiting sentencing. He will probably never see time outside of a jail cell, nor should he. He deserves to be imprisoned for life. He has emotionally imprisoned his victims, with the trauma of abuse, for the rest of their lives.
What culpability should the rest of this gang of over-paid, intentionally amnesic, lawyered-up cronies have?
Freeh’s investigation took 7 months, at a cost to Penn State of $500,000 per month. Peanuts, compared to the cost to the emotional bank accounts of the victims. As excerpted from the report by Rana L. Cash with Sporting News, this is what Freeh had to say about this investigation:
- “The evidence clearly shows in our view an active agreement of concealment,”
- Freeh was quoted as saying there were “more red flags here than you can count”.
- 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. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.
- Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky’s victims until after Sandusky’s arrest.
- In critical written correspondence that we uncovered on March 20th of this year, we see evidence of their proposed plan of action in February 2001 that included reporting allegations about Sandusky to the authorities. After Mr. Curley consulted with Mr. Paterno, however, they changed the plan and decided not to make a report to the authorities.
- 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.
- Further, they exposed this 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 on the night of February 9, 2001.
Did the concealment by the principle players in “The Sandusky Good Ole Boys Club” rise to the level of a criminal offense? Go to the link for the legal definition of Accomplice and Accessory to a Crime and you decide! http://joanjerkovich.com/
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