Penn State emails written in code to avoid detection, use of Jerry Sandusky’s name

The emails exchanged by Penn State administrators that were uncovered by CNN have made it painfully obvious that President Graham Spanier, Vice President Gary Schultz, and athletic director Tim Curley were consciously covering up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse.

We’ve already summarized what was discussed in the alleged emails between the administrators: they considered contacting The Second Mile charity and authorities about the shower incident but ultimately decided not to (in Curley’s case, the decision was made after consulting with Joe Paterno).

One aspect of the emails that needs to be emphasized is that the men never referred to Jerry Sandusky by name. Instead, they used code words and called him “the subject” or “the person.”

Their refusal to call him by name indicates they knew they were engaging in wrongdoing. They probably used the code words so it would be more difficult to trace the cover-up. As Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports pointed out over the weekend, those email exchanges would not come up if a media outlet or person requested all Penn State communication/emails that included “Sandusky.”

I’m not sure what defense they could have at this point, but just using code names to avoid mentioning Sandusky is a strong indication they knew exactly what they were doing.

Just like we suspected, Penn State covered up Jerry Sandusky’s sexual abuse in order to protect the reputation of the school and football program. I also believe that Joe Paterno and some of the others were covering up Sandusky’s pedophilia since 1998. There is becoming less and less doubt that these men prioritized football, money, and their reputations over the welfare of children, which is utterly despicable.

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.

Jerry Sandusky admitted in interview he sought children for his sexual needs? (Video)

Last November, Jerry Sandusky conducted an interview with Bob Costas of NBC that aired on “Rock Center.” Apparently NBC only chose to play a selection of the interview for its audience, because we’re just learning that Sandusky may have made somewhat of an admission of guilt while answering a question.

Sandusky had been talking about his involvement in The Second Mile charity before Costas pressed him.

“I’m a very passionate person in terms of trying to make a difference in the lives of some young people,” Sandusky said. “I worked very hard to try to connect with them. To make them feel good about themselves. To be something significant in their lives. Maybe this gets misinterpreted, has gotten depending on … I know a lot of young people where it hasn’t. I have worked with many, many young people where there has been no misinterpretation of my actions and I have made a very significant difference in their lives.”

Costas then challenged Sandusky.

“But isn’t what you’re just describing the classic MO of many pedophiles? And that is that they gain the trust of young people, they don’t necessarily abuse every young person. There were hundreds, if not thousands, of young boys you came into contact with, but there are allegations that at least eight of them were victimized.”

The video picks things up from there and shows Sandusky’s questionable answer:

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Love letters from Jerry Sandusky to alleged victim reportedly will be read at trial

Jerry Sandusky’s child molestation trial is scheduled to begin on Monday, and a report says the former Penn State football coach will face plenty of damning evidence.

According to ABC News, love letters from Sandusky to the accuser known as “Victim 4″ will be read as testimony during the trial. ABC News was told the letters are “creepy” and that “one was written in the third person includes a lewd title and is a love story between a boy and a man.”

Additionally, Victim 4 is expected to be the first witness, and plans to show gifts allegedly given to him by Sandusky in exchange for their sexual relationship. The gifts allegedly include a set of golf clubs.

Victim 4 is the same alleged victim who claims he was sexually abused by Sandusky while on road trips with the football team. In November, San Antonio was investigating raising criminal charges against Sandusky based on his alleged abuse of the boy while in town for the Alamo Bowl.

In another significant decision concerning the trial, the judge decided not to allow the alleged victims to use aliases. Eight of Sandusky’s alleged victims are expected to testify against him. He’s facing 52 counts of child molestation charges.

Joe Paterno Was Never Fired by Penn State, Still Getting Paid

So that whole thing about Joe Paterno getting fired as head coach of Penn State’s football team? That was a matter of semantics. Though he’s no longer coaching the team, Paterno was never fired. In fact, he’s still getting paid by the school.

“Coach Paterno remains employed by the University as a tenured faculty member,” the Penn State Board of Trustees said in a statement released Thursday. “The details of his retirement are being worked out and will be made public when they are finalized. Generally speaking, the University intends to honor the terms of his employment contract and is treating him financially as if he had retired at the end of the 2011 football season.”

As Adam Hoge of CBS Chicago writes, Paterno was suspended without pay, and now that the season is over, he can retire. Unsurprisingly, the Board of Trustees responded to complaints from alumni who wonder why he was fired. This should come as no shock; Penn State created a culture where football was valued over everything, including protecting sexually abused children.

Joe Paterno Checked Up on Mike McQueary Months Later, But Didn’t Bother Following Up on Jerry Sandusky

How innocent is Joe Paterno concerning the Jerry Sandusky investigation? His list of possible excuses is thinning, and he’s looking much worse now than before.

Mike McQueary testified Friday that he told Joe Paterno what he saw in the shower, and it was apparently so bad JoePa apologized. Paterno also felt so badly he later followed up with McQueary.

“I went to his house and sat at his kitchen table and told him I saw Jerry with a young boy in the shower. That it was way over the lines and extremely sexual in nature,” McQueary testified. “The rough positioning I described but not in much detail.

“(Paterno) was slumped back in his chair, he said well I’m sorry you had to see that. It’s terrible. I need to think and tell some people about what you saw and I’ll let you know what we’ll do next.”

Yes, what McQueary told Paterno was so bad, the coach apologized to his assistant. But here is what really shows Paterno’s complete irresponsibility.

“Coach Paterno did ask me … two or three months after that… if I was OK in relation to what I saw and if I was handling it OK,” McQueary said.

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Dick Vermeil Still Believes Joe Paterno Is a Man of Class and Quality Who Was Treated Unfairly

Former Super Bowl winning coach Dick Vermeil was stunned by the allegations against Jerry Sandusky, and he feels the treatment of Joe Paterno was unfair. Vermeil was involved with The Second Mile charity for over 30 years. He even wrote the forward to Jerry Sandusky’s book.

In an interview with ESPN 760 Wednesday, Vermeil expressed shock and disappointment regarding the allegations.

“I still don’t really want to believe it to be true,” Vermeil said of the Sandusky allegations. “It’s a real downer for me. It’s disappointing as heck. I still hold hope that it’s not all true.”

Vermeil likely is hoping it’s not all true for two reasons. First, one would hope he wouldn’t want bad things to happen to the children. Two, it’s clear he felt Sandusky did a lot of good.

“I know for a fact [The Second Mile] helped a ton of kids. A lot of kids. And I know that Jerry really cared about them, in a different way than is being portrayed right now,” said Vermeil.

He also feels like Joe Paterno, who was fired as head coach of the football team a few days after the Grand Jury presentment was released, was treated unfairly.

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