Report: New documents suggest Sandusky cover-up at PSU
University officials had knowledge of sexual abuse
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- Date Jun 13, 2012
University officials had knowledge of sexual abuse
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Serious allegations emerging today of a cover up at the highest reaches a Penn state university.
As that university's former coach Jerry sandusky is now being tried on child sex abuse charges.
State prosecutors are now saying that new documents released in the case suggest that Penn State's former president's.
Not to mention vice president and athletic director of those two weird he knew about -- -- -- this the president here Spaniard on the left.
Was aware of mr.
send us these alleged transgressions.
For more than a decade.
It would not be quote humane.
-- reports and dusty to police.
So could this man now face criminal charges of his own.
-- now Wendy Murphy former prosecutor and victim's rights advocate.
And might bake up sports reporter for the daily national dot com Mike let me start with you want the facts are different but it -- -- for the legal analysis.
This is disgusting to me that -- the allegations are that the president of the university was told of the 2001.
Alleged rape for which send us he's on trial among other crimes right now.
Was told about it and that his reason for not going to be authorities was it would be inhumane to sand -- he.
If you could actually believe that he and athletic director.
Can't Tim Curley -- on that email exchange together and you have to keep in mind that's -- dusty was already out of the program at that time.
He was not insisting coach he was still involved he was still at the practice facility.
We still saw him there all the time but from their standpoint they're probably looking at it from the fact that Penn State -- like a corporation.
If this leaks just look at the firestorm and look at everything that came down on them.
Now when it happens -- about what would've happened ten years ago they had ten years of growth they had ten years of revenue.
They were looking at the football program as if it was a -- That sent -- time we know about this -- Spencer air Spaniard who's now gone and in the wake of the sandusky -- get a he's gone from the university what do we know that because one.
You have to think EU BU.
You would be inhuman to -- here an allegation that a about a little boy was being raped by one of your former football coaches -- -- decided let's not tell police it would be inhumane to the rapists.
-- you can't get into his mind but you have to keep in mind that.
-- -- was someone that was around the team the entire time so they became friends they became familiar with each other.
It's almost as suspension of disbelief in some way the same thing.
With Joseph Paterno why with all that evidence from many many years ago did he not come forward because he didn't want to believe -- they didn't want to believe that sandusky was capable.
Of all this and they just compounded it year to year to year by not bringing this to the forefront there could just how many more victims happen.
In -- tenure and -- -- no one who knew was to be excused but you know you can you can almost say there's a difference between the head football coach who -- with send -- -- all those years at least had information that this is not in his -- this isn't the person -- now.
First is the head of the university Wendy head of the university supposed to be looking out at university never mind a little boys.
And you tell me whether this guy could now face criminal charges for failing to report this to the cops.
Who you bet and he should and I think he well.
Six -- a lot more six months ago I wrote an article for the patriot ledger explaining exactly why grams on your should face criminal charges -- it would -- pretty clear to me back then.
The grand jury probably thought he lied when he said.
I was told the shower incident was just -- worst play even -- turn out everybody got I don't -- he told the grand jury know.
I told the university president this was a sex crime a sexual assault.
And then we never prosecutors back and -- -- his return would target of your investigation you've -- I am gonna go after my charge and they said now.
Are you looking to charge -- -- you the president answer silence I think they've known for a lot of time that -- buying -- probably committed perjury.
Definitely -- this op and -- you know forgive me but.
The word -- main.
Cover up for universities that they can avoid -- -- All I'd like to see a jury make a ruling on that -- -- Here's an allegation of child rape.
And -- and that kind of decision you're the head of the university you hear an allegation of child rape.
And you decide they -- main thing to do -- to protect.
The alleged rape -- What now and I I want us did we haven't heard comment from my spot here on this so you know we'll see it don't know charged them right yet but what kind of charges could come -- I think at least three.
Very clearly three charges perjury.
For lying to the grand jury because he said he bought it the rate was harmless horse play and that's clearly not what's reflected in the email.
He could also face I'm just simple failure to report charges you know -- Curley and Schultz the the two underlings.
Who are facing charges for failing to report he failed to report to and under Pennsylvania a lot like at like in every state but buck stops with the -- inch marriage he -- been charged Stephen -- -- Curley Schultz if you ask me because he was obligated.
Under Pennsylvania lots of -- -- -- lot.
-- interestingly enough and in Pennsylvania they have -- very generous.
On criminal corporate liability law where if the corporation.
Through its leadership high ranking officials creates a -- of criminal activity by the corporation.
Can be prosecuted and grants under.
Would be the want to show up and -- bottom end of the criminal defendant in that case I'd love to see that want to see that.
In this case there is a heightened responsibility when it comes to children and the need to protect children.
And there is no excuse for not doing it we continue to watch the send ASCII trial which in which the details emerging a terrific to be repeated -- daytime TV.
It does not look good right now for Jerry sandusky but we shall see -- thank you both so much thank you.