To add to what Paul wrote below, what happened at Penn State:
But the report also alleges much earlier instances of abuse and details failed efforts to stop it by some who became aware of what was happening.
Another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him in fall 2000, the grand jury said.
And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.
Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.
“Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law,” Kelly said.
There’s no indication that anyone at school attempted to find the boy or follow up with the witness, she said.
With regard to the other presentments, I wish to say that Tim Curley and Gary Schultz have my unconditional support. I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years. I have complete confidence in how they have handled the allegations about a former University employee.
Tim Curley and Gary Schultz operate at the highest levels of honesty, integrity and compassion. I am confident the record will show that these charges are groundless and that they conducted themselves professionally and appropriately.
The scenario in which powerful people with “honesty, integrity and compassion” could have failed to alert the authorities about credible allegations — and allegations, let’s remember, that they themselves found credible enough to impose informal sanctions — that children were being sexually assaulted by one of their employees is not specified. And let’s also be clear that Paterno may have had a legal responsibility to report these allegations to the proper state authorities and unquestionably had a moral obligation to report them. And, of course, Spanier himself apparently approved the policy that Sandusky was prevented from bringing children into the athletic building without making further inquiries, so one hand washes the other. Now that’s integrity!