Local Clergy Abuse Survivors Applaud Penn State Prosecutions

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The former president of Penn State University is now facing charges for his role in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal and the move is being welcomed by local clergy abuse survivors.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier has been indicted for lying to investigators about what he, and the university, knew about allegations against Sandusky.

David Clohessy of St. Louis is national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.

“We don’t believe the threat of any punishment will deter any child molester so what we have to do is use punishments to deter people who help child molesters and we think that’s what the prosecutors are doing here,” Clohessy said.

“Clearly, what happened with Sandusky was not a mistake, an oversight, a misjudgement. It is very very clear from the emails that top officials, including the president, took steps to hide these terrible, terrible crimes.”

Additional charges were filed against two other university officials for actively trying to cover up the crimes.

Clohessy says this is precisely what will prevent future child sex crimes and cover-ups, holding employers responsible for reporting suspected child sex crimes.

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