Freeh: Penn St. disregarded children's safety
Updated: 07/12/2012 02:12 PM
By: Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA -- Former FBI director and federal Judge Louis Freeh said the most "saddening and sobering" finding from his group's report into the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal is Penn State senior leaders' "total disregard" for the safety and welfare of the ex-coach's child victims.
He said that the "most powerful men at Penn State failed" to take any steps for 14 years, calling out Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, ex-President Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz.
The investigation concluded that the senior officials "concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse" because they were worried about bad publicity.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 criminal counts. The scandal led to the ouster of Paterno and Spanier.
Report: Sandusky retirement not connected to abuse
The Freeh report about Jerry Sandusky and Penn State says investigators found no evidence linking his 1999 retirement to a 1998 police investigation triggered by a woman's complaint that the assistant coach showered with her son.
A chapter in the report issued on Thursday says the university's then-president Graham Spanier promised the prestigious ``emeritus'' status to the football team assistant coach, but others voiced concerns it wasn't appropriate.
The report discloses Spanier also approved a lump-sum payment of $168,000 to Sandusky, which other officials said may have been unprecedented.
Sandusky's retirement soon after the investigation has prompted questions about whether the two were linked.
Nike taking Paterno's name off child care center
BEAVERTON, Ore. -- The president of Nike Inc. said he has decided to change the name of the Joe Paterno Child Development Center, a child care facility at the company's headquarters.
CEO Mark Parker said Thursday he was deeply saddened by the news coming of the Louis Freeh investigation on the child sex abuse scandal at Penn State. Freeh said Paterno and other top school officials disregarded the welfare of Jerry Sandusky's victims as they failed to report abuse allegations against the longtime assistant coach.
"It is a terrible tragedy that children were unprotected from such abhorrent crimes," said Parker.
Nike founder Phil Knight, who defended Paterno at the coach's memorial service, said "it appears Joe made missteps that led to heartbreaking consequences."
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