The Penn State scandal: Shocking & despicable

| Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011

State prosecutors say Jerry Sandusky, 67, a coaching legend at Penn State for more than two decades, sexually abused eight boys over 15 years, at least one in a campus facility. Investigators say the Nittany Lions' former defensive coordinator was a "sexual predator who used his position within the university and the community to repeatedly prey on young boys."

Mr. Sandusky, charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse, even is alleged to have used his own charitable foundation to aid his escapades, prosecutors say.

Worse, when head coach Joe Paterno reported one alleged incident (as relayed to him by a graduate assistant) to his boss, Tim Curley, the athletic director, Mr. Curley failed to report it to authorities, an indictment alleges. Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, are accused of covering up the alleged crimes, then lying about it. Curley's on administrative leave; Schultz has "retired."

Mr. Paterno, who testified before a grand jury, is not charged. But that's no absolution. He should have contacted authorities immediately.

Penn State President Graham Spanier is not without culpability. Though not charged, prosecutors say he "reviewed and approved" a measure that banned Sandusky from bringing children onto campus "without any further inquiry on his part." Outrageous.

The courts will decide the fate of Sandusky, Curley and Schultz. As for Paterno and Mr. Spanier, they must resign.

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