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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Joe Paterno’s head coaching career at Penn State began on Sept. 17, 1966 with a win over Maryland, and it ended Wednesday night, at the end of an extraordinary day, in the middle of an emotionally wrenching week, with a telephone call from the heads of the school’s Board of Trustees.
While Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly says that her office won't file charges against Joe Paterno for not reporting the alleged child sexual abuse by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, the 84-year-old coach could eventually face criminal charges for perjury, obstruction of justice and violating the state's Child Protective Services Law. Paterno could also become a defendant in civil lawsuits filed by Sandusky's alleged victims. Those lawsuits could allege that Paterno negligently failed to prevent a third party with whom he had a supervisory relationship (Sandusky) from committing abuse
Originally posted by jibeho
reply to post by Salamandy
He should have gone straight to the police instead of to the warm laps of the Athletic Directors office. Did he follow up on the issue?
Originally posted by nixie_nox
reply to post by mugger
This is why I am trying to figure out if the school forced them to cover up.
I hadn't realized this had become such a devisive issue between those who think Paterno is guilty or if he did the right thing.
I am sure laws are going to be passed soon about reporting of abuse.
If he was aware of child abuse and rape, even if he reported it, how did he not get Sandusky outed and prevented him from being around children. By being inactive, he put other kids in danger.edit on 10-11-2011 by nixie_nox because: (no reason given)