PSU board forms special committee
The Penn State University board of trustees on Friday announced the formation of a special committee to investigate the school’s handling of the child sex abuse scandal.
Board member Ken Frazier was selected to head up the committee, tasked with looking into how school officials responded to the allegations levied at former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
"[The board] has made it clear that sexual abuse — in particular, child abuse — is completely unacceptable in any setting," Frazier said, according to The Daily Collegian. "We will do everything in our power to assure that we give … the best indication that we’ve looked at everything."
Interim Penn State President Rodney Erickson, addressing the first public meeting of the 32-member board since the scandal broke, said Friday his "heart aches" for the victims and predicted "it will take all of us some time to come to grips with the full magnitude of all the damage that has been done."
"Healing cannot occur until we understand how responsibilities to these children failed, and how we can prevent such tragedies in the future," Erickson said.
Erickson’s remarks came as the university begins to pick up the pieces after Sandusky was charged Saturday with molesting eight boys over a period of 15 years. The former defensive coordinator met his alleged victims through a charity program called The Second Mile, which he founded in 1977 to assist troubled youths.
Pennsylvania governor Tom Corbett, who was the state’s attorney general in 2009 when officials first began building a case against Sandusky, called for the investigation to address the links between the university and The Second Mile.
The fallout from Sandusky’s indictment has rocked Penn State and raised furious questions about who knew what — and when. The tsunami that followed his arrest took down legendary football coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier, both fired from their positions, along with athletic director Tim Curley and vice president for finance and business Gary Schultz, who were charged with perjury and stepped down.
With emotions still running high, the university announced late Thursday that assistant football coach Mike McQueary, who testified to a grand jury that he witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in a school shower in 2002 but did nothing to stop it, would not attend Saturday’s home game against Nebraska due to "multiple threats" against him.
Meanwhile, police in San Antonio, Texas, announced they were investigating the possibility of building a criminal case against Sandusky over an offense that allegedly occurred during a Penn State bowl game 12 years ago, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The San Antonio case, according to the grand jury indictment, allegedly involved a teenager identified in the indictment as "Victim 4" who was listed as a member of Sandusky’s family party during the 1999 Alamo Bowl.