Today, charges were formally filed against former Penn State President Graham Spanier. He faces eight charges including conspiracy to commit perjury, failing to report child abuse, obstructing justice, and endangering the welfare of children.
We are glad that these new charges have been filed. This is precisely what will prevent future child sex crimes and cover ups: when callous officials face real penalties for protecting predators. All too often, employers fight “mistakes” and “oversights” and “omissions” when in fact they have taken careful deliberate steps to hide heinous crimes. It’s crucial that more prosecutors charge employers with refusing – not failing – to report suspected child sex crimes. It’s crucial that law enforcement not let deceitful officials use misleading euphemisms to mask their deliberate wrong doing.
This is about prevention and less about punishment. It’s more about being prudent and less about being punitive.