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Arne Duncan ‘Mind-Boggled’ That Penn State Case Lasted ‘So Long’

November 17, 2011

Nov. 17 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan found it “mind-boggling” that children were possibly abused for “so long” by a former Pennsylvania State University assistant football coach charged with sexual molestation.

“If these allegations prove to be true, it’s clearly just a devastating and heartbreaking tragedy, and as I’ve said before it just makes me extraordinarily angry that this kind of behavior was allowed to go on for so long unchecked,” Duncan said in a Nov. 16 interview for Bloomberg Radio’s “Bloomberg EDU With Jane Williams.”

Jerry Sandusky, 67, was charged with 40 criminal counts tied to alleged sexual molestation of eight boys from 1994 to 2009. He has denied the charges against him.

Athletic Director Timothy Curley, 57, and Gary Schultz, 62, a senior vice president who oversaw university police, are charged with perjury and failing to report the allegations. Curley and Schultz denied the charges through their attorneys.

Duncan said the Education Department is sending a team to Penn State to assess whether school officials complied with laws to disclose the alleged criminal activity.

“They will do a thoughtful and thorough investigation, and we’ll just go where the facts lead us,” Duncan said.

(The interview with Duncan will air on Nov. 18 at 10 p.m. New York time; on Nov. 19 at 5 a.m., 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.; and on Nov. 20 at 12 a.m. and 7 p.m.)

--Editors: Stephen West, Niamh Ring

To contact the reporter on this story: Janet Lorin in New York jlorin@bloomberg.net; Jane Williams in New York at jwilliams202@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Jonathan Kaufman at jkaufman17@bloomberg.net.


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