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article imagePenn State legal problems escalate with emails surfacing

By Gar Swaffar     Jul 1, 2012 in Crime
Graham Spanier, Gary Schultz, and Tim Curley, all formerly employed by Penn State are facing increased allegations of knowledge of the sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. Emails are surfacing to indicate the problem was known early on.
The conviction of Jerry Sandusky on 45 counts of child sexual abuse may only be the beginning of the legal battles for Penn State University.
CNN reports it has had emails read to a reporter, which outline the depth of knowledge regarding the allegations of Sandusky's sexual abuse history.
The email threads run between Graham Spanier, the Penn State President fired for his part of the abuse allegations, and Gary Schultz, plus Tim Curley, former university vice-president and athletic director, respectively.
Aside from the issue of an incident in 1998, which was investigated, but resulted in the police not lodging charges against Sandusky, the emails allegedly speak to the issue of 'vulnerability' of Penn State if the allegations surfacing in 2011 aren't reported. In the emails, "the subject" is Jerry Sandusky, while "Charitable Organization" is Sandusky's Second Mile organization.
In the CNN report, one statement by Spanier is quoted as being: "The only downside for us is if the message (to Sandusky) isn't 'heard' and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it,"
The email thread began on Feb. 26, 2001, from Schultz to Curley noting he presumes that Curley has "got the ball" The "ball" in this case is a three part plan to address the issue with a process to, "talk with the subject asap regarding the future appropriate use of the University facility," ... "contacting the chair of the charitable organization" and "contacting the Department of Welfare,"
The next day, on the 27th however, Curley sends an email to Spanier and copies Schultz with concerns regarding the proposed three part plan. "After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe (Paterno, former Head Coach) yesterday, I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps."
Curley then apparently decided it was a better choice to keep the problem as an internal process, instead of reporting to child welfare or the police.
Curley, in that email, suggested he would be "more comfortable" discussing the problem with the subject.(Sandusky) Curley also told Spanier he would inform Sandusky the university had knowledge of the 1998 and 2001 incidents and "there's a problem" and "we want to assist the individual to get professional help."
Curley also suggested he would be willing to work with Sandusky as long as Sandusky was "cooperative", if Sandusky was not cooperative, Curley spoke about notifying both the Second Mile and outside authorities.
Curley then asked if the plan was acceptable to Spanier.
Spanier replied a short time later that the plan was acceptable.
State law requires notification, to authorities, of all alleged incidents involving minors.
A source, which CNN alleges has knowledge of the case, indicates Curley refers to an incident in 1998. That would appear to directly contradict the testimony to the Grand Jury which Curley gave. Both Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury.
It was only approximately six months later, after the incident in 2001, when Victim 5 was molested at Penn State. Sandusky was found guilty of unlawful sexual contact with Victim 5, along with 44 other counts on June, 22nd of this year.
The legal staff for Penn State appears to have only begun the defense of the university in connection to the decade long pattern of abuse by Jerry Sandusky. Civil litigation against all parties concerned will almost certainly result in a continuing barrage of lawsuits filed by each of the alleged victims.
With the latest revelations of what would appear to be a cover-up, the list of defendants to face litigation has increased to perhaps include Graham Spanier, the former Penn State President.
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