PSU Trial Shows Missed Chances; Cover-Up Suspected

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Monday, June 18, 2012

The eyewitness testimony that confronted jurors in Jerry Sandusky’s child-molestation trial this week was disturbing not only for its graphic descriptions of sex with boys, but for what it said about the people who surrounded and maybe even protected the once-revered Penn State assistant coach.

Eight accusers took the witness stand and described how Sandusky molested them in campus showers, hotel bathrooms, a basement bedroom, a sauna used by the football team — right under the noses of his friends, colleagues, family members and acquaintances.

The Sandusky story, the way authorities have framed it, is one littered with missed chances to stop a rapist who preyed on children for years.

Prosecutors have hinted that top university officials knew far more about Sandusky’s alleged proclivities than they have let on, submitting a document Monday that says Penn State’s former vice president — himself facing charges related to the scandal — maintained a file on Sandusky a decade ago. A Penn State trustee told The Associated Press he now suspects a cover-up.

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