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Disturbing e-mails could spell more trouble for Penn State officials

With convicted serial child sex abuser Jerry Sandusky behind bars, new questions are surfacing about what Penn State officials knew about a 2001 incident involving the former assistant football coach's encounter with a boy in the shower - and whether they covered up the incident.

Sandusky sexually abused other boys in the years after the 2001 incident and before his arrest.

CNN does not have the purported e-mails. However, the alleged contents were read to CNN.

The messages indicate former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other former university officials knew they had a problem with Sandusky after a 2001 shower incident, but apparently first decided to handle it using a "humane" approach before contacting outside authorities whose job it is to investigate suspected abuse.

"This is a more humane and upfront way to handle this,' Gary Schultz, who was a university vice president at the time, allegedly wrote.

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  1. Jane

    I agree with Josh......every person associated with this, no matter how small or large, needs to be fired and held accountable for actions taken or not taken.

    July 3, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
  2. Keith

    Fire them? That would simply reward their monstrous actions. These men commanded six and seven figure salaries for a decade following this cover up, which apparently directly enabled multiple rapes of young vulnerable boys. To merely fire them, and let them walk free with their pensions and significant wealth after enabling such vile acts would be a moral crime in itself. Clearly the reason they covered up the rapes (without even acting to prevent future rapes), was to protect the massive financial emipire that was the Penn State football program. These men cared more for the money, fame and power than they did for the plight of defenseless orphans (that's not even hyperbole). To let them walk would simply justify their corrupt actions. They would walk away with $millions more than if they had acted decently, and allowed the program and it's fund-raising to take a hit back in 2001. No, they need to not only be fired, but prosecuted as the felons they are. Let all three of them live in isolated prison cells for the rest of their days next to Sandusky and give their estates to the victims. That would be a far more reasonable course of action.

    July 2, 2012 at 8:47 pm |
  3. ron conway

    This is absolutely horrid. Penn State has seemingly been under the guidance of men with the lowest moral conscience. They knew what had happened, what was going happen, that it was a disgusting act, however if they cover their own behinds all was fine in their world. It may be time to consider suspending the accreditation of an organization held responsible for educating youth that has been this deliberately negligent. If the leadership is this poor at Penn State, then what do you think is instilled in your child? Social responsibility is more crucial to society then inflated grades, and on that front Penn State just flunked out.

    July 1, 2012 at 9:22 am |
  4. Quinn Kaiser

    good people don't talk in code. Good people don't hide the truth. Good people don't put football ahead of raping children. Good people don't behave like these men.

    SHAME on them. it really make me wonder just exactly what makes them tick. Who would hide these allegations and do nothing about it? What kind of animals are they?

    June 30, 2012 at 10:24 am |
  5. Ron

    Who cares ! He's convicted.

    June 30, 2012 at 7:00 am |
  6. Josh

    Fire them all. No joke. Fire them ALL.

    June 30, 2012 at 1:37 am |