Lawyers: Paterno didn't interfere or compromise Sandusky investigation


Emails between Penn State's former president, vice president and athletic director discussing what to do about Jerry Sandusky's alleged sexual encounter in the shower in 2001 may have been a coverup for the former assistant football coach.

According to CNN, more than two weeks after Mike McQueary said he saw Sandusky having sex with a young boy in the showers, emails were sent among president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley about how to handle the situation.

Sandusky was apparently not mentioned by name in the emails but in one of the emails, his charitable organization, Second Mile, did appear.

An email from Curley allegedly said, "I would be more comfortable meeting with the person (Sandusky), tell him about the information we received and tell him we are aware of the first situation."

The first situation mentioned is from a separate shower incident Sandusky had with a boy in 1998. Sandusky wasn't charged at the time, but was convicted of that charge at his trial.

President Graham Spanier allegedly emailed back to both Curley and Shultz.

Spanier wrote, "I am supportive. The only downside for us is if the message isn't heard and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road."

Lawyers for the family late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno said he did not interfere or compromise the investigation.

Family attorneys said Paterno testified truthfully in front of the grand jury before his death in January.
The then-alleged sexual assault was never reported to any outside agency.

Curley and Shultz still face charges in the case.

Spanier has not yet been charged.