Penn State officials covered child abuse to avoid bad publicity, investigation finds

July 12, 2012

The late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and other senior officials at the university "concealed critical facts" about Jerry Sandusky's child abuse because they were concerned about bad publicity, according to an internal investigation into the scandal. The result of an 8-month inquiry by a former FBI director, the report concluded that Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley, and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a sexual predator harming children for over a decade." With the report now complete, the NCAA says Penn State must now address 4 key questions concerning "institutional control and ethics policies," as outlined in a letter sent to the university last fall. Associated Press