Monday, November 07, 2011

The cover-up could be bad; the alleged crimes certainly are worse

By now, you've likely have heard about the multiple charges former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is facing. Those charges stemmed from a grand jury investigation culminating in a hard-to-stomach report outlining examples of Sandusky's horrible behavior.

In that report, two Penn State officials are accused of perjury for failing to report what they had been told about the alleged attacks. Those men appeared in court today.

The attorney general's office might not be done pointing the finger of complicity at other Penn State officials.The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests any new comments might call into question the actions of the university's president.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly said today that Pennsylvania State football coach Joe Paterno is not a target of the investigation into the alleged cover-up of child sex abuse that has rocked the school.
But she said she could not comment on Penn State President Graham Spanier, leaving open the possibility he is.
Kelly said Paterno had cooperated with the investigation of his former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual assault of eight young boys in the past 15 years.
Officials have alleged that several of the victims were assaulted in the football locker room showers at Penn State campus.
Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said there "aren't many heros" in this investigation.
"This is not a case about football, this is not a case about universities - this is a case about children who had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it," Noonan said.
The Associated Press adds that while people such as Paterno might not be charged, their actions might not have been sufficient to stop the abuse Sandusky is accused of delivering.
Football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials didn't do enough to try to stop suspected sexual abuse of children at the hands of a former assistant football coach, the state police commissioner said Monday.
Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, state police Commissioner Frank Noonan said, "but somebody has to question about what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child."
He added: "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone. Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility to call us."
Over time, we will learn more about an cover up the university's leaders attempted. And if there was one, we will yet again be reminded that covering up wrongdoing is never acceptable. 


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