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Was There A Coverup? Report On Penn State Scandal May Tell Us

Filed by KOSU News in US News.
July 12, 2012

“What happened, if anything, that allowed Jerry Sandusky to do what he did over many years?”

“Was there an active coverup?” by Penn State officials.

What did legendary coach Joe Paterno know and when did he know it?

As NPR’s Tom Goldman said earlier on Morning Edition, those are some of the key questions that we may get answers to at 9 a.m. ET. That’s when former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his team of investigators release results of their investigation into the university’s handling of reports that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had been sexually abusing young boys, sometimes on the school’s campus.

Sandusky was convicted last month of 45 counts of sexual abuse involving 10 boys over a 15-year period.

The scandal over his actions and allegations that Paterno and other university officials didn’t do enough to raise an alarm about what was happening, led to the firing last fall of Paterno and the school’s president at the time, Graham Spanier.

Paterno died in January. His family says he never tried to cover up anything and has said that email leaks about what is in the report — especially those indicating that Paterno may have wanted the Sandusky matter to be handed internally, by the university — “have raised questions about the fairness and confidentiality of the investigative process.”

The Freeh report is due to be posted here at 9 a.m. ET.

Freeh is due to hold a news conference at 10 a.m. ET.

We’ll be updating with news from the report.

For background on the Freeh investigation, see this story from Harrisburg’s Patriot-News.

And that newspaper’s extensive coverage of the scandal (for which it won a Pulitzer Prize) is collected here. [Copyright 2012 National Public Radio]

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