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Sandusky Prosecutors Speak for First Time to 60 Minutes Sports: No Evidence of Paterno Involvement in Cover Up

by on September 04, 2013 7:55 AM

Two key prosecutors in the Jerry Sandusky trial tell their story to 60 Minutes Sports, speaking out for the first time about their investigations.

They claim Penn State obstructed justice for years but add there's "no evidence" to suggest that former football coach Joe Paterno was involved in a cover up.

The interview with former chief deputy attorney general Frank Fina and lead prosecutor Joseph P. McGettigan III is scheduled to air on 60 Minutes Sports on Showtime at 10 p.m. Wednesday. A segment was broadcast on CBS News Tuesday evening.

Fina says he didn't realize at first what was happening at Penn State.

Fina says, "You have a massive multi-billion dollar entity, that at the time we don't realize -- but we would come to realize it -- may not be fully committed to disclosing what the reality is ... we come to realize they were actively obstructing our investigation." Fina goes on to say that the obstruction of evidence went on for many years.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier, retired senior vice president Gary Schultz and former athletic director Tim Curley allegedly covered up Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys to protect the university's reputation.

All three men are charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and endangering the welfare of children and are awaiting trial.

All of them are strongly proclaiming their innocence.

The Freeh Report, commissioned by Penn State, found that Spanier, Curley and Schultz concealed information about Sandusky's child abuse.

"Now they're going to be tried on that... But I investigated that case, they deserved to be charged, and I hope justice will be served there." Fina says.

Fina and McGettigan say they were "astonished" by the alleged cover up of serial child sex abuse.

McGettigan explained the administrators' thinking this way, "Some of the thinking on the simplest level ... 'Well that was then, that was Jerry Sandusky or someone else. This is now. Let's move on, We are Penn State."

Asked if he thought Paterno was involved in a cover up, Fina said, "I did not find that evidence."

"I don't see any need to judge him beyond his own words. He (Paterno) said it best," says Fina, "He said: 'I didn't do enough... I should have done more.'"

In a statement released in November of 2011, Paterno said, "This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.”

In his last interview with Washington Post reporter Sally Jenkins, in January 2012, Paterno said, “I didn’t know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did. It didn’t work out that way.”

Steve Bauer was the Managing Editor of Steve and his wife Trina are longtime area residents. They reside in State College along with a wacky Golden Retriever named Izzy.
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