Penn State emails point to alleged Sandusky cover-up in 2001

CNN has obtained information regarding alleged emails between several former high-ranking Penn State officials in 2001 that point to an attempted cover-up of an alleged incident of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky.

In the emails, Penn State President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley discuss the locker-room shower incident in which graduate assistant Mike McQueary allegedly saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy. They became aware of the incident when they were notified by Joe Paterno, who got the information from McQueary. Neither McQueary nor Paterno went to law enforcement.

Initially, Schultz allegedly suggested confronting Sandusky, informing his Second Mile charity and the “Department of Welfare.” However, Curley evidently exhibited second thoughts the next day after “talking it over with Joe (Paterno),” allegedly emailing Spanier about talking the accusation over with Sandusky. He adds that they should offer Sandusky “professional help,” and if he wasn’t cooperative they would report him to Second Mile and child welfare services. Interestingly, Sandusky is not referred to by name in any of the exchanges but instead as “the subject” or “the person.”

Spanier responded with his support of Curley’s idea, calling it “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” but ironically acknowledged the risk they were taking by not contacting authorities. Schultz later chimed in with his agreement, adding that they can “play it by ear” when it comes to notifying children’s welfare.

But as we know now, they never reported Sandusky.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NKW2O4BFL3CHKXG2Q44OHOTNIE George

    WOW!! It’s a good thing they didn’t sell their memorabilia!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.daniels1 Noel Daniels

    A quote from the article: “However, Curley evidently exhibited second thoughts the next day after ‘talking it over with Joe (Paterno),’ …”

    So, originally they were going to confront Sandusky and report him to the proper (state) authorities, but backed off after a second conversation with JoePa. This may explain what Paterno meant by one of his last quotes, “I wish I had done more”. The knee jerk reaction was to do the right thing, but football had become more important than anything else.

    After the university officials failed to exert their authority over him, it’s no wonder JoePa thumbed his nose at them when they asked him to retire six years later. He called the shots, but the university officials put themselves in that predicament.  

  • http://twitter.com/waraksas Stan Waraksa

    Freeh has interviewed over 400 people and his report is expected in Aug. Instead of jumping at bits and pieces of it, why don’t you wait until it all gets released? Incident 1 that we know of is the 1998 incident. The State College PD, the PSU PD, the Centre County DA, and Schultz  knew of that incident. The Centre County DA chose not to prosecute and is missing to this day. Related??? Paterno was terminated for what he knew and not going to outside authorities with it. Curley and Schultz are charged with Perjury and PSU is standing behind them. Spanier was terminated for pretty much the same thing and may be charged yet. IF Mcqueary went to the PD from the get go, all of this would be moot. He didn’t——said he was dazed.  

  • http://twitter.com/SusanShortBacon Susan Short Bacon

    whatever, McQueary did what he should have done- gone to his superior. And Joe P did the same, but as it is clear from emails, football is the most important issue here. Forget the kids Sandusky was abusing. All of these men should be punished except McQueary…he was told it would be taken care of. Had he gone to the police Penn St. would have fired him. Spainer, Shultz, Curley and Paterno should pay dearly for their choice of Sandusky over all of those underage kids. Horrible choice by the men in charge as well as Penn State and their leaders!

  • http://twitter.com/waraksas Stan Waraksa

    What e-mails? Also, I think PSU is paying dearly as a result of Sandusky.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLQCEJ3H5Q2J7CABEUVLRWSAQQ JD

    The e-mail clearly indicates that it was Curly’s idea to change his mind. The reason is that McCreary’s original story was that he did not see anything sexual. He saw a boy in the shower and then Sandusky walking out of the showers with a towel wrapped aound him. The story changed later.  The reason Curly changed his mind was because this is all that they had to go on.  When Curly told “Joe” about his change of mind, Joe apparently agreed with Curly. However. there was no cover-up. 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLQCEJ3H5Q2J7CABEUVLRWSAQQ JD

    Like you said, the 1998 incident was reported by the child’s mother to University Police; who then notified University Administration.  Children’s Services, Police, the DA all concluded that Sandusky did nothing criminal. Children Services declared the allegations “Unfounded” and cleared his file after one year.  McCreary’s father is a physician’s assistant and was chief operations officer of a large medical and surgical group practice in Centre County.  When Mike told dad what he allegedly saw in the locker room, dad’s boss, Dr Dranov was present – who was president of the same medical group. Thus, we have these two liceneed physicians who received a report that a young boy possibly suffered traumatic injury from rape and they did nothing at the time to make sure he got the emergency medical care that he would have needed.  / Maybe that is because Mike McCreary’s original locker room story was different from the current version

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RLQCEJ3H5Q2J7CABEUVLRWSAQQ JD

    Mike McCreary should be punished because he was a faculty member and the only eyewitness to an alleged crime of violence. He is 6 ft 4 in. tall, weights 240 pounds, and broke up a knife fight between students on campus. Yet, based on his story, he left the child behind with the attacker and did nothing. He picked up the phone to make a call. 911 is easeir to dial then his father’s phone number but he calls dad instead,  who said “come home and we’ll talk about it./”  What is wrong with this picture. Now..that is a cover-up!  Paterno and others received second hand information from McCreary more than 24 hours after the alleged incident occurred from  Paterno is being used as a scapegoat – there is more to this whole situation than what we know about

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6AYTXNMD2IRPEXHIKLRYCYEKZA UDontKnow

    JD.. you are in denial. If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck…its a duck. Anybody who debates on whether or not to report child abuse deserves to go to jail. I hope the remaining participants are indicted in the upcoming weeks.