STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (Indiana's NewsCenter) - An investigation launched by Penn State University's board of trustees finds top school officials covered up sexual abuse by former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky on young boys for over a decade.
In a report released Thursday, Louis Freeh, a former FBI director hired by the board to review the university's handling of allegations against Sandusky, skewered former university president Graham Spanier, former finance vice president Gary Schultz, former athletic director Tim Curley and former head football coach Joe Paterno for not doing more to stop Sandusky from having sex with children.
"The most powerful men at Penn State," Freeh said at a press conference to unveil his investigative team's findings, "failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized."
Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 sex abuse counts last month. He will likely serve the rest of his life in prison.
Schultz and Curley resigned in November after being charged with perjury over testimony given to a grand jury in the Sandusky case.
Spanier and Paterno, who died Jan. 22, were fired by trustees in November.
Paterno's family responded to the Freeh's findings within hours of the report's release.
"Joe Paterno wasn't perfect," the family said in a statement. "To think, however, that he would have protected Jerry Sandusky to avoid bad publicity is simply not realistic."
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