Freeh Heads Penn State Probe, Madonna Sees Massive Cover-up
Meanwhile, Franklin and Marshall College Center for Politics and Public Affairs Director Terry Madonna says he has little doubt that people at Penn State knew about Sandusky’s alleged inclinations long before a grand jury report accused him of molesting young boys.
“I think there was a massive cover-up. I read the presentment and try to read everything I can. I don’t think this can go on for this long a time, with the innuendo and the accusations for a decade, and not have a cover-up.”
Doctor Madonna, who has spent most of his adult life on college campuses, says the Penn State case illustrates how big sports money at big schools has perverted the values of higher education. Montgomery County State Representative Mike Vereb says Sandusky’s bail, of $100,000 unsecured with no cash required, is too low when you consider the seriousness of the charges.
“I’m not an attorney, but the bail is ridiculous. Bail is only to prevent flight, but I think it also plays a role when it comes to the safety of other potential victims. His house borders an elementary school, and the playground is on that side of the school. I’m not saying he’s going to walk over to the playground, but it’s like putting an AA meeting next to a wine and spirits store or a beer distributor. It just doesn’t make sense.”
Vereb says fired Penn State President Graham Spanier’s first reaction was to defend the men a grand jury accused of covering it up and to blame the victims. He says that attitude, voiced and encouraged by Spanier, must change. He appeared Friday on the WNPV talk program Comment Please by Univest, and Doctor Madonna appeared Monday.