Penn State emails allegedly discuss response to Sandusky incident
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- The two former Penn State University administrators who are facing charges in the Jerry Sandusky case and former university President Graham Spanier allegedly exchanged emails discussing the best way to respond to the 2001 report that Sandusky was seen in the shower with a boy, according to a report that aired on CNN Friday night.
According to the report, an email then-Senior Vice President Gary Schultz sent talked about discussing the incident with "the subject," the charitable organization -- The Second Mile -- and the state Department of Public Welfare.
CNN, citing "sources with knowledge of the case," said the four emails refer to Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, as "the subject" and "person." Sandusky was convicted June 22 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of children. A jury found that he abused 10 boys over a 15-year span.
CNN also reported that former Athletic Director Tim Curley said he discussed the situation with head football coach Joe Paterno and "am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps. I am having trouble with going to everyone but the person involved. 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."
Mr. Curley allegedly commented on getting "professional help" for Sandusky.
The report goes on to cite an email Mr. Spanier allegedly sent, saying in part, "I am supportive. 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. But that can be assessed down the road."
Mr. Curley and Mr. Schultz are facing perjury and failure to report abuse charges. They maintain their innocence. Mr. Spanier has not been charged. He is in a legal battle with the university about whether he can have access to old emails. He said in a legal suit that he needs the emails to properly respond to the investigation the university is conducting on the scandal.
First Published June 30, 2012 12:00 am