Report: PSU president thought it ‘humane' not to report Sandusky

Posted: June 12, 2012

Investigators have obtained internal e-mails that show former Penn State President Graham B. Spanier and another top university official agreed it would be "humane" not to report to authorities that Jerry Sandusky had an encounter with naked boy in a university gym shower, NBC News reported Monday.

NBC said state prosecutors are continuing an investigation and that Spanier, who was forced to resign over the scandal, could now face charges.

Two other former top Penn State officials — Gary Schultz, who was senior vice president for Finance and Business, and Timothy Curley, who was athletic director — are awaiting trial on perjury charges in the Sandusky case.

NBC said a review of internal documents and e-mails show the three discussed how to handle the allegation by former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, then a graduate assistant, that he saw Sandusky, the team's defensive coordinator, in a shower doing something of a sexual nature with a boy in 2001.

It said the documents show three ‘‘even did legal research” and that Spanier and Schultz agreed it would be "humane" for Sandusky not to report him to social service agencies.

Penn State spokesman David LaTorre said in a statement to the Daily Collegian that the e-mails were uncovered during the internal investigation of Penn State being conducted by former FBI Director Louis Freeh.

"In deference to the legal process, the University cannot comment further on specifics of the ongoing legal case as it unfolds. We continue to work with the State Attorney General, the US Attorney and Judge Freeh in their investigations into this matter," the statement said. "We will continue to cooperate fully with all legal processes to determine what happened and ensure personal accountability."

Attorneys representing Schultz and Curley said in a statement the new evidence shows their clients "conscientiously" considered what McQueary had reported to them.

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