Monday, November 30, 2015

Corbett speaks on Penn State scandal

Gov. Corbett, who was attorney general as the child-sex-abuse case against a former Penn State assistant coach unfolded, publicly addressed the scandal for the first time this morning.

Corbett speaks on Penn State scandal


Gov. Corbett, who was attorney general as the child-sex-abuse case against a former Penn State assistant coach unfolded, publicly addressed the scandal for the first time this morning.

During the investigation, Corbett watched as university officials continued to fail to act, despite information about allegations, including one eyewitness account.

“I am personally disappointed in the lack of action and had to contain that for the last two years," Corbett said.

On Saturday, ex-defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was arrested on 40 counts of sexually assualting minors.

Corbett said if he had been the witness to the alleged sodomizing of a 10-year-old boy in a Penn State lockerroom, he certainly would have called police.

That witness, a graduate assistant, told head coach Joe Paterno, who told two campus officials, who were themselves arrested on charges of failing to report the abuse and lying about to authorities.

Paterno announced he will retire at the end of the season, declaring he felt "devastated" and "I wish I had done more."

Penn State's board of trustees “needs to act quickly and strongly” to get its house in order and the university's investigation needs to be “above reproach," the governor said.

Corbett said he would not be surprised if more charges are filed. At least one additional victim has come forward, he said.

Otherwise, he declined to answer a single question about the investigation, or his role in it.

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