Published October 8, 2015
In light of recent comments by former Second Mile Vice Chairman Bruce Heim, I'd like to submit the following:
Heim made comments recently after being disinvited from the Penn State football game coin toss. He indicated that he did not think Jerry Sandusky had done anything wrong; Sandusky showering with kids was not considered unusual; and he did not think at the time that Sandusky was a pedophile.
These comments raise important questions with respect to the entire Sandusky matter.
Penn State reported the 2001 shower incident to The Second Mile, Sandusky's employer. The 2001 statute was followed, even exceeded, by Penn State. Thus, there was no cover-up or "conspiracy of silence" by Penn State.
Conversely, The Second Mile violated the law when it chose not to report the 2001 shower incident to child protective services. The Second Mile leadership also consciously withheld Penn State's report from its board of directors.
Why, then, were the Penn State administrators charged with failure to report and a cover-up? And why, as mandated reporters, were the leaders of The Second Mile not charged at all?
The Office of Attorney General should drop the charges against the Penn State administrators immediately. It has no case, and it never did.
JANET PARKHILL KUDRAVETZ, Arlington, Virginia