Corbett breaks silence on Penn State

    Governor Corbett says for more than two years, he’s been holding back voicing his disappointment in how Penn State has handled sexual abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

    The governor wouldn’t comment on the job status of Penn State University President Graham Spanier, or head coach Joe Paterno.

    Corbett oversaw the investigation while he served as state Attorney General, before becoming governor.

    He says on one hand, there’s the legal question of how allegations of sexual abuse were handled, and on the other hand, there’s the moral issue.

    “I was, I am personally disappointed in the lack of action and had to contain that for the last two plus years,” said Corbett.  “The board is going to address that.”

    Corbett adds a child predator is “the worst type of person in the world,” so he wants Penn State’s Board of Trustees to act swiftly.

    The governor is a voting member of the board and says he’ll share his opinion about how to handle the scandal when he meets with trustees Thursday and Friday.

    Joe Paterno has announced his retirement at the end of the football season.

    His statement says it’s so the board spends not a “single minute” discussing his status.

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