In two paragraphs the P-G editorial board frames what's happened:
It is sickeningly familiar, these allegations that a previously respected member of the community committed unspeakable acts against boys, and that other men in positions of power looked the other way.I take a lot of swipes at the Tribune-Review's editorial board but today they get it right:
This time it is Jerry Sandusky, longtime defensive coordinator for the Penn State Nittany Lions' storied football program and the founder of an organization that is supposed to help vulnerable youths, who is charged with repeatedly using his position to abuse eight boys over a 12-year period.
Worse, when head coach Joe Paterno reported one alleged incident (as relayed to him by a graduate assistant) to his boss, Tim Curley, the athletic director, Mr. Curley failed to report it to authorities, an indictment alleges. Curley and Gary Schultz, Penn State's senior vice president for finance and business, are accused of covering up the alleged crimes, then lying about it. Curley's on administrative leave; Schultz has "retired."Despicable shame. On everyone involved.
Mr. Paterno, who testified before a grand jury, is not charged. But that's no absolution. He should have contacted authorities immediately.
Penn State President Graham Spanier is not without culpability. Though not charged, prosecutors say he "reviewed and approved" a measure that banned Sandusky from bringing children onto campus "without any further inquiry on his part." Outrageous.
The courts will decide the fate of Sandusky, Curley and Schultz. As for Paterno and Mr. Spanier, they must resign.