Freeh Report: Sandusky regularly observed showering with youths before 1998

Thursday July 12th, 2012

Before the first investigation into child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky in 1998, several staff members and football coaches had seen the former assistant coach showering with boys in the Penn State locker room.

According to the Freeh Report, the independent investigation in the Penn State child abuse scandal, none of the individuals interviewed about what they saw prior to 1998 went to authorities.

In May 1998, police were alerted to an allegation that Sandusky had sexual assaulted a child in the Lasch Building (the East Area locker room) at Penn State.

Leaders at Penn State, including the former president, vice president, athletic director and head football coach, were kept informed of the investigation though never told the Board of Trustees. Vice president Gary Schultz asked in an email "Is this the opening of pandora's box? Other children?"

Ultimately, no charges were filed against Sandusky, and he was allowed to retire from Penn State football in 1999 after nearly three decades as an assistant. President Graham Spanier, Schultz, athletic director Tim Curley and head coach Joe Paterno never spoke to Sandusky after the 1998 incident, the report states.

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