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Report: Penn State had ‘total disregard’ for victims

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing the former assistant football coach to prey on other youngsters, according to a scathing report issued Thursday on the scandal.

‘‘Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,’’ said former FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was hired by university trustees to look into what has become one of sports’ biggest scandals. ‘‘The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.’’

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