FILE – In this Monday, 2 May 2016, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after a hearing of the arguments on his request for a request-he wants a new trial in Bellefonte, Pa. A Penn State trustee says that he is “running out of sympathy” for “so-called victims” of Sandusky after the conviction of a former Penn State president over his handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky. The comments of All Men were reported on Thursday, March 30, 2017, by The Chronicle of Higher Education. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A Penn State University trustee, said he is “running out of sympathy” for “so-called victims” of the former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky after the conviction of the university’s former president about his handling of a 2001 complaint about Sandusky.
Penn State said the trustee is a personal call, not for the university, and the public prosecutor issued a reprimand.
The Chronicle of Higher Education, the follow-up of the former university president Graham Spanier the child endangerment conviction, reported Thursday (http://bit.ly/2nooEuK) that the former bank executive Al Lord had told the publication in an e-mail that he was “running out of sympathy for the 35-year-old, the so-called victims with a 7-digit net worth.”
Gentleman is a supporter of Spanier’s and followed his process. He is part of an alumni-elected faction on the board that has repeatedly clashed with others across the university in response to the Sandusky child abuse scandal.
Lord wondered why people who said they were victims of Sandusky “were so prominently in the trial.”
The chairman of the trustees, Ira M. Lubert, said Lord’s comment “are personal and do not represent the opinion of the board of directors or the university.” He said that the feelings of the board of directors and the university leadership were expressed in the first line of a statement released after Spanier conviction: “First and foremost, our thoughts remain with the victims of Jerry Sandusky.”
The attorney general’s office said prosecutors ” will never be ‘out of sympathy’ for victims of sexual abuse.”
“In contrast to the Heer, the jury understood how Graham Spanier failure to act, while a predator was in his middle, causing real and serious harm,” the agency said.
Spanier was found to have ignored a complaint by an assistant who said that he had reported seeing Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in a school shower. Sandusky was not arrested until a decade later, when the officers of justice received an anonymous tip about the shower incident.
Sandusky was convicted of abusing several boys, and was sentenced to decades in prison, but he insists that he is innocent and attractive. Penn State has paid out more than $90 million to settle claims by about three dozen men who say they were abused as children in Sandusky’s hands.
Spanier has said he plans to appeal.
The jury foreman on Spanier’s trial said Thursday he was the last juror to vote to convict, and feels that he made a mistake.
Retired truck driver Richard Black, of Harrisburg, said that he began to regret that the day after the verdict, saying: “We got it wrong.” He said that he had doubts about whether prosecutors proved that Spanier was told by his lieutenants that what happened in the shower was sexual. But he seemed to be ambiguous, also say: “on the basis of the evidence we got, and what we heard from people who are in the chair, we rendered a correct decision.”