The Late Joe Paterno On Not Reporting Sandusky to Police: ‘I Didn’t Know Exactly How to Handle It’ [FREEH REPORT RELEASED]
The long awaited report put together by former FBI director Louis Freeh has finally been released. This report details, in full, what exactly took place in the locker rooms of Penn State University, who was there, and how it could’ve been prevented.
To summarize the report: it’s bad. This report calls out the most trusted leaders at the top of Penn State University: President Graham Spainer, Vice President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Tim Curley, and the late Joe Paterno. This was the most important piece of the puzzle that was missing for such a long time.
The report explains how all of the above “failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade.” The document claimed they “concealed Sandusky’s activities from the Board of Trustees, the University community, and authorities.”
Even more chilling is that the report claims that the four “further exposed [a particular victim] to additional harm by alerting [Jerry] Sandusky, who was the only one who knew [this victim’s] identity of what [Mike] McQueary saw in the shower on the night of Feburary 9, 2001.”
Why was no action taken to report Jerry Sandusky to the authorities? Here’s Paterno’s answer: “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it, and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I…turned it over turned it over to…people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did.”
Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child abuse last month.
Interestingly, multiple reports claim Louis Freeh did not interview Mike McQueary! If you remember, McQueary served as a huge prosecution witness in the recent trial of Jerry Sandusky. According to his family, McQueary made multiple attempts to reach out to the Freeh investigation.
Wow! Does this shock you just as much as this shocks me?
You can view the 267-page report in its entirety here.