2 Officials Resign in Penn State Abuse Scandal

Joe Paterno accused of not doing enough to stop alleged sex abuse
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 7, 2011 5:02 AM CST
Updated Nov 7, 2011 7:45 AM CST
2 Officials Resign in Penn State Abuse Scandal
This Saturday, Nov. 5, 2011 photo provided by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General shows former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky. Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight young men. Also, Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and Penn State vice president...   (AP Photo/Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General)

The explosive Penn State sex abuse scandal involving former longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky is spreading, as other members of the football program and school are being accused of covering up multiple suspected incidents over the years, reports the New York Daily News. Longtime coach Joe Paterno told the school's athletic director about an alleged incident involving Sandusky and a 10-year-old boy in 2002, but did not go to the police. “For him to take such a non-aggressive approach, and for him to allow Sandusky to remain part of the program, is troubling," said one legal expert. “But the bigger problem is the number of people who knew about it and covered it up."

Penn State's athletic director and the school’s vice president for business and finance have both been charged with perjury and failure to report the allegations, and face up to seven years in prison. Both are quitting in the face of the charges. Investigators charge that the school's hushing up of the allegations allowed Sandusky—who has been charged with 40 counts of sexual abuse—to molest more boys for seven more years. “It is simply common—and ethical and moral—sense" to report such behavior, said a Boston lawyer who has represented hundreds of child sex abuse victims. "Predators don’t stop until they are caught.” (Click for more.)

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