The New York Daily News reports that Joe Paterno did indeed know about Jerry Sandusky molesting a young boy in the shower and, according to emails from 2001, apparently talked his superiors into not reporting it to the police and handling it internally instead.
Newly uncovered emails in the Jerry Sandusky case show that Penn State officials were on the verge of blowing the whistle on him — but changed their minds after talking to coach Joe Paterno.
The missives, obtained by CNN, seemingly contradict the late Paterno’s claim that he alerted higher-ups to a report of Sandusky showering with a boy and had nothing to do with the matter after that…
The emails were sent in 2001, two weeks after assistant coach Mike McQueary found Sandusky and a boy in a shower – and three years after another shower incident.
They reveal that Penn State administrators planned to alert Sandusky’s Second Mile charity and the state Department of Public Welfare, but dropped that idea after consulting with Paterno.
“After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps,” Curley wrote to Schultz and Spanier.
The officials even acknowledged in the emails that not raising the red flag about Sandusky’s conduct could land them in hot water “down the road.”
But Curley expressed support for getting “professional help” for the defensive coordinator.
“I would be more comfortable meeting with the person and tell them about the information we received and tell them we are aware of the first situation,” he reportedly wrote.
Spanier said he was “supportive” of that approach, according to CNN.
“The only downside for us is if the message isn’t heard and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,” he wrote presciently.
Ya think? It’s the same problem that the Catholic Church has long had, refusing to report molestation to the police. And just like in all those cases, the pedophile was therefore allowed to continue to victimize more kids.