“It was a calculated risk,” that Jerry Sandusky still could be victimizing boys as the investigation languished. -- Tom Corbett, who indicted Penn State officials Tim Curley and Gary Schultz for failure to stop Sandusky.
"As Governor Tom Corbett stated, 'If we were going to do this case, we had to have the best possible case ... the responsible and 'humane' thing to do was, like Governor Corbett
(said), to carefully and responsibly assess the best way to handle
vague, but troubling allegations." Curley and Schultz, through their lawyers, pointing out that they took precisely the same "calculated risk" as Corbett.
Newly disclosed emails make it perfectly clear that Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno dissuaded Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley from reporting serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky to law enforcement in 2001. The emails reveal that they, along with former Penn State President Graham Spanier, also were aware of a 1998 allegation of abuse.
Schultz, Curley and Paterno all allegedly lied to a grand jury about what they knew. Their inaction allowed Sandusky to go on to abuse at least four more boys, probably more.
These disclosures are horrifying, and everyone involved should be held accountable for their failure to act. Including Tom Corbett.
As Curley and Schultz point out, they did nothing that Corbett himself didn't do after allegations came to Corbett's attention in 2009. Corbett knew that Sandusky could be continuing to abuse children while he and his investigators did nothing to stop him for nearly three years. He admits he took a "calculated risk" with the safety of children, while he figured what course of action would be most politically advantageous.
If Curley and Schultz face criminal charges for failure to stop a child rapist, why shouldn't Corbett? A resolution buried in the House Rules Committee since December 2011 could answer that question. Rep. Brandon Neuman this week announced a discharge petition to force a vote on the resolution.
By now it's clear that prosecuting others for doing just what Corbett himself has done was Corbett's signature move as a prosecutor.
He prosecuted legislators and staff for working on political campaigns on state time using state resources, and putting political operatives on the state payroll when Corbett himself put his campaign manager and other campaign operatives on the state payroll and OAG staff spent hours working on Corbett's campaign on state time using state resources.
Now he's prosecuting others for taking a "calculated risk" that a serial child rapist would continue to rape children.