Friday, November 2, 2012

A Big Link In The Chain

As a follow-up to my post on the Penn State travesty and the "Chain of Perverts" that led from Alfred Kinsey to Hugh Hefner to Graham Spanier to Jerry Sandusky, it does my heart good to read that Spanier, the former President of Penn State, has been charged with perjury, obstruction, endangering the welfare of children, failure to properly report suspected abuse and conspiracy. [His assistants] Curley and Schultz face new charges of endangering the welfare of children, obstruction and conspiracy.

ESPN reports:
Spanier has said he had no memory of email traffic concerning the 1998 complaint made by a mother after Sandusky showered with her son, and only slight recollections about the 2001 complaint by a team assistant who said he stumbled onto Sandusky sexually abusing a boy inside a campus shower ...  
The grand jury report indicates Curley, Schultz and Spanier told the university's lawyer they had no documents that addressed Sandusky having inappropriate contact with boys.
But Schultz did retain a Sandusky file in his office, the jury concluded, and he told his administrative assistant Joan Coble never to look at it. 
"She said it was a very unusual request and was made in a `tone of voice' she had never heard him use before," according to the jury report. 
Another Schultz assistant took the file from his office at the time of Schultz's arrest, made a copy and gave the file to him, the grand jury said. Kelly said it was eventually obtained by the grand jury ... 
Freeh's investigators uncovered emails in which the administrators discussed the 1998 complaint, including a May 5 email from Curley to Schultz and Spanier, with "Joe Paterno" in the subject line. It read: "I have touched bases with the coach. Keep us posted. Thanks." 
Spanier told Freeh's team that he believed in 2001 that the encounter witnessed by graduate assistant Mike McQueary amounted to "horseplay," although an email sent by him to Curley at that time reflected a much more somber tone. 
In that email, Spanier was reacting to a proposal by Curley in which they would not report Sandusky to authorities but instead tell him he needed help and that he could no longer bring children into Penn State facilities. 
"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," Spanier wrote in 2001. "The approach you outline is humane and a reasonable way to proceed."
Humane and reasonable indeed.

This sad and sordid story just keeps getting worse. But one thing that has not changed is the chain of perverts and the far-reaching and disgusting fallout from the work of the demented and dangerous Alfred Kinsey. When you hear about SIECUS in your public school, remember his name and the trail of destruction that leads from him, through the likes of Graham Spanier and Jerry Sandusky, right to your front door.