Official: Paterno didn't do enough to stop abuse
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - Pennsylvania's state police commissioner says football coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials didn't do enough to try to stop suspected sexual abuse of children at the hands of a former assistant football coach.
Commissioner Frank Noonan says Paterno may have fulfilled his legal requirement to report suspected abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. But Noonan says he questions "the moral requirements for a human being that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child."
Authorities accused Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing eight boys over 15 years through his charity for at-risk youth.
Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley are accused of failing to alert police to complaints that Sandusky was sexually abusing boys.
Local alumni wondered if the allegations detailed in a grand jury report are true, who knew of them and when.
According to court documents, Sandusky met the boys through the Second Mile program he founded to help at-risk children. The documents detail how the popular football coach allegedly assaulted the boys at home or in the athletic locker room and showers on campus at Penn State.
"We did a lot of fundraising for them and they are a fantastic organization,” said Sue Schoenfeld, a 1998 Penn State grad who now lives in the D.C. metro area. Her sorority worked with Sandusky’s charity. The allegations against its founder are heartbreaking, she says.
"You would hate to think it was to have access to boys but to not think that would be too much to believe,” Schoenfeld said.
Kara Bryan graduated from Penn State this May and now works at a Crystal City sports bar.
"I know Mr. Curley, I worked around athletics. It stinks these guys are going through this situation,” she said.
"Sickening this was going on while was I there," said Dana Doughtery, a mother of three boys who graduated from Penn in 1998.
An assistant allegedly saw Sandusky having sex with a 10-year-old boy in the locker room shower. He told head coach Joe Paterno who did not call police but told administrators Schultz and Curly.
Schultz and Curley were released on bail Monday after being charged with perjury and failure to report abuse.
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