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Penn State to renovate facility where Sandusky abuse took place

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Wisely, Penn State is renovating the showers and locker room of the Lasch building on Penn State’s campus — the site where former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abused multiple victims.

University spokesman David La Torre announced the move Friday, but plans to renovate the building have been in development since last Novemeber when Sandusky was arrested. However, the renovations can’t actually begin moving forward with the project until all legal proceedings in the case are over.

Sandusky filed a notice yesterday appealing his conviction on 45 counts of child-sex abuse, the same day as the release of the Freeh report investigating Penn State’s actions in the Sandusky scandal. The report was most critical of former coach Joe Paterno, as well as athletic director Tim Curley, as well as former VP Gary Schultz and former president Graham Spanier. Curley and Schultz are facing perjury charges, and Spanier is set to appear in a Centre County court next month for a hearing in his lawsuit against PSU.

Additionally, legal experts told the Associated Press that if Paterno were alive today, he too could be facing criminal charges.

The decision to renovate the Lasch building and essentially wipe clean the horrific events that took place there was a necessity, and one of many moves Penn State needs to take to move on from the worst sports-related scandal in, well, ever.

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38 Responses to “Penn State to renovate facility where Sandusky abuse took place”
  1. herbiecane says: Jul 13, 2012 8:24 PM

    By “renovate”, do you mean “raze”?

  2. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 8:49 PM

    Ben

    I concur totally that Paterno statue should not be left to stand alone. His fellow achievers, AD Curley, VP Schultz, Pres. Spainier, and trustees should all have statues in a huddle with pockets of free tickets, scholarship vouchers, overflowing with cash. Students at penn st. (capitalized?) for years to come could reflect upon the footbal dept. research and published reporting from the court trials and criminal investigations. Research findings could provide insight into how to use power, influence, intimidation to get 10 year olds into nonconsenting sexual activites. How could any reasonable fanatic or loyal supporter want to throw the first stone at such useful appropriate behavior? Jim Tressel afterall let his players and coaches sell memorphilia, Pete Carroll failed to keep the parents of his players from taking payments, and SMU got the death penalty for over zealous alums. Sandusky was merely right next door and performing his research in teh campus locker room. Sandusky and Paterno (in honorarium) can publish research on how to win football games by raping minors in the locker room.
    A statue – really?
    Was Freeh not a key hero in the Waco incident that burned to the ground an activity that put childeren in danger? I think he may have earned the right to cast the first stone. The Bible has many life lessons from the Hebrews and flollowers of Christ that are 5-7000 years older than the relatively new cults of the past 1500 or 150 years. Even the writings of the new religious cults would not direct lack of admonishment to those that look the other way to the rape of minor children.
    A statue. Really?

  3. ghengy says: Jul 13, 2012 8:57 PM

    @ hopalong

    First of all, learn paragraphs.

    Second, WTF is “memorphilia?”

    Louis Freeh is no HERO! He is responsible for the murders of 80 men, women, and children at Waco, and another 160 in Oklahoma City and Ruby Ridge. He has earned nothing, and your post is so filled with ignorance its laughable.

    memorphilia? LOL This reminds me of the study that was done several years that concluded that people who complain the loudest online about child abuse, have themselves either been abused, or ARE abusers themselves. Sorry.

  4. herbiecane says: Jul 13, 2012 9:00 PM

    hopalong- the word “statue” wasn’t even IN this story…

  5. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:15 PM

    herbicane

    Thank you for your response. My comments were in response to the earlier story about the Paterno statue – “Bobby Bowden agrees Paterno statue should be taken down”.

    I thought renovating or razing the entire facilities where the Sandusky abuse took place under the watchful eyes of Paterno and the Penn State authorities to be extreme. Are the facilities really to blame for the Sandusky abuse? I regret the confusion between the statue (one commentator suggested that the Joe Paterno statue be placed in the Sandusky shower rape stalls) and the facilities.

    In any case, the statue, the facilities, or the entire Penn State campus is not to blame for the Sandusky abuse that occurred under the watchful eye (granted at a very advanced age) of Joe Paterno.

    Does Penn State really want to celebrate and continue the Joe Paterno tradition of child rape?

  6. florida727 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:34 PM

    “Louis Freeh is no HERO! He is responsible for the murders of 80 men, women, and children at Waco, and another 160 in Oklahoma City and Ruby Ridge. He has earned nothing, and your post is so filled with ignorance its laughable.”

    ————————————————–

    You might want to do a Google search on “Janet Reno”.

  7. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 9:46 PM

    ghengy

    Thank you for your response.

    I appreciate your enlightenment about the importance of paragraphs in writing for blogs. You are absolutely correct that improper gramar will reduce the credibility of the message.

    Memorophilia (proper spelling) is defined by some more learned than myself as, “A specific object with the ability to evoke an emotion or feeling in remembrance of a certain memory.”
    My reference is to the NCAA penalties invoked on Ohio State for the sale of less than $5000 of merchandise to fans by football team players that prompted the resignation of Jim Tressel.

    I was drawing a comparison the the several hundreds of thousands of dollars that Penn State paid Jerry Sndusky to rape 10 year old boys under the supervision of Joe Paterno? Do you, Mr. ghengy believe that Penn State and Joe Paterno got good value for the money spent?

    I was unaware that the former head of the FBI (serving both Republicans and Democrats with high accreditation) had ever been charged, much less convicted of the wrongul killing of another human being with malice aforethought (murder). It shocks me that Penn State would place a murderer in charge of the investigation and the report if he had actually been found guilty of the crimes that you assert.

    I may have been the victim of abuse (certainly not rape) as a child. I played high school football outside of Philadelphia and was hit much harder than I would have liked more times than I can remember. I would have liked the persons in authority (coaches and referees) to have found the hits, taunts, and obstruction of my path to have been abusive. In my case, I chose the contact, I had the opportunity to hit back, and authorities did not cover up the incident for their own financial and legacy benefit.

    The 10 year old boys raped in the Penn State locker rooms were not old enough to consent, were not in a position to fight back , and the authorities looked the other way. If Penn State chooses to continue to “act in concert” and look the other way without severe penalty for the Penn State academic community and from the NCAA, may God help them.

    The Sandusky/ Paterno/ Penn State football case is a simple abuse of authority with extremely outrageous acts on victims. blaming the victims, the prosecution, the investigators, or anyone other than the perpetrators serves no purpose.

    Thank you.

  8. Deb says: Jul 13, 2012 9:48 PM

    I was hoping they’d do this–and agree with herbicane that razing the facility might be the best option. Penn State should move forward without ghoulish reminders of this horror and the people who enabled it.

  9. ghengy says: Jul 13, 2012 9:50 PM

    @ hopalong

    “Memorophilia (proper spelling) is defined by some more learned than myself as, “A specific object with the ability to evoke an emotion or feeling in remembrance of a certain memory.”

    There is no such word as memorophilia. I didnt bother reading any further because only more ignorance could follow that statement. Sorry.

  10. herbiecane says: Jul 13, 2012 9:53 PM

    Ok, hopalong- would YOU want to take a shower there??

  11. fissels says: Jul 13, 2012 9:59 PM

    Whats this about Sandusky abuse?

  12. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 10:07 PM

    florida727

    Thank you for your reponse. I am also not a fan of Janet Reno. I believe she served as AG without sufficient experience and her management of the Waco conflict was a immense loss of civil rights and mistreatment of American citizens by government authourities.

    Whereas, it is my limited understanding that Louis Freeh prosecuted organized crime, was nominated by Republican George Bush to a federal judgeship, served as an Army reservist lieutenant before being requested by Bill Clinton to assist as head of the FBI.

    Having gone to high school outside Philly, I find his birth in New Jersey (that they had beautiful beaches and we did not and had to drive hours to get to them) and going to Rutgers unforgiveable. Staying on as head of the FBI under George W. Bush and now exposing criminal child rapists, I surmise in your opinion makes him reprehensible.

    By all means, lets attack the messenger, Louis Freeh, and all that he served with friendly fire, and think that this will diminish the egregious acts of Jerry Sandusky carried on under the watchful eye of Joe Paterno.

  13. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 10:27 PM

    herbiecane

    If I needed a shower, I probably would not have a problem. I am an adult and like to think I could handle an old pervert like Jerry Sandusky. I could at a minimum punch him in an appropriate location, and run. I only hope his boss, the head football coach of Penn Sate, would not be lurking in the shadows, contributing to any danger that I might encounter in the shower. On second thought, if the highest paid individual on the Penn St. campus could not provide any insurance of the safety of even being on campus, I or anyone else probably should assume that unsafe , uninsured conditions are part of the facilities at Penn State. Why would trustees (loosely used term) trust the safety to anyone much less children to an 80+ employee?

  14. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 13, 2012 10:33 PM

    Memorophilia! Love it! And rename the band the “Mighty PSU Rhythmic Slappers”!

  15. showerswithsandusky says: Jul 13, 2012 10:38 PM

    How about some kind words about JoPa, Deb? You’ve been a huge sympathizer for HIS sorry ass. Funny how you flip you judgmental hag. Go to hell and spoon with YOUR 4eyed buddy!

  16. herbiecane says: Jul 13, 2012 10:48 PM

    hopalong-

    You miss the point. I asked if you’d want to shower there. I thought this would be obvious, but- Jerry Sandusky won’t BE there! He’ll be in jail. With his new tickle monsters.
    I merely asked if YOU would grab a shower there, since you didn’t like my idea to raze the joint.
    To which you asked if I thought the building was to blame for the rapes, which I didn’t dignify with a response.
    I, personally, would rather stink than shower in the same locker room where such evil took place.
    (yes, hopalong, I realize the shower won’t try to rape me…)
    If I were a PSU alum/player/fan (I’m neither), I’d want any vestige of Sandusky and his enablers removed with great haste. Not because of what the building is (or did, on your planet), but what it symbolizes.

  17. djstat says: Jul 13, 2012 10:53 PM

    Too bad a statue honoring the powerful coach who did nothing to stop Sandusky is still standing

  18. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 13, 2012 10:57 PM

    1. Announcement of changings to lasch building coming soon

    2. BOT announces change starts and it starts today

    This $hit should have started minimum a year ago and maximum 98. I’ve never seen a board who has their head so far up their asses. If you tell me they don’t of any investigations? Then they are completely incompetent

  19. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 11:05 PM

    horses721
    herbiecane

    You are correct, Mr. herbicane. I was confused by the earlier posts about the Joe Pa statue and the site of the Sandusky shower rapes.

    Whether to raze the facilities and the statue or to allow standing in effigy, would serve the proper admonishment of the Penn State football cult is unclear.

    I appreciate that your statments and recognizing the issue. A state uninversity is not entitled to a NCAA football program and should be shut down one year for each known victim whether the facilities and statue are razed rained on with disgust.

  20. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 13, 2012 11:14 PM

    danny

    Come on be fair. Where else in the country could you expect such high level college research of the impact of rape on 10 year old boys to occur? Penn State contributed the facilities, the supervision of its head football coach, paid Sandusky, and provided the watchful eye of the unfortunate janitorial staff that had to witness and clean up for Sandusky, to this research for over a decade.

    Would you not have the NCAA and the college trustees should have statues right up there with Joe PA? How could you have a college education without big time football raping minors?

  21. rickrock6661982 says: Jul 13, 2012 11:47 PM

    Cleaning that place is about as fun as cleaning the carpets of a strip club

  22. herbiecane says: Jul 13, 2012 11:47 PM

    Oh, geez. And I engaged this nimrod in a conversation…
    Apologies all around.

  23. ukeone says: Jul 14, 2012 12:01 AM

    Renovation, huh? Does Jerry Sandusky get to pick-out the curtains and the dish patterns? Give me a break! Here is ol’ PSU doing what it does best: “let’s just change the wrapping paper, boyz!”

  24. jimsjam33 says: Jul 14, 2012 10:17 AM

    Charles Manson , Ted Bundy , O. J. Simpson , Jeffery Dahmer , or Jerry Sandusky .

    Question . Who did more to ruin and destroy lifes ?
    In the Sandusky case the victims get to re-live the torture and shame everyday in the inner sanctum of reality .

    Bring back the guillotine !

    Yes , destroy the building !

  25. orthomarine says: Jul 14, 2012 10:56 AM

    Castrate Sandusky, put him in bubbas boom boom room, raze that building, remove the statue, allow players to transfer without penalty, and shut down that program

  26. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 14, 2012 11:33 AM

    Who is Lasch anyway? He must be really pissed if hes still around. I would ask for my money back.

  27. kozbee says: Jul 14, 2012 12:46 PM

    Tear down and rebuild it on better ground.

  28. Deb says: Jul 14, 2012 1:18 PM

    @showerswithsandusky …

    I’ve posted many comments ripping Paterno, so that nonsense about me sympathizing with him must come from the same part of your brain that imagines “showerswithsandusky” is a name that oozes empathy for a pedophile’s victims.

    You’re just pouting because I asked you to give it a rest about Paterno when you ranted about him–and only him–on articles concerning the other Penn State officials who were part of this cover-up. Since Paterno is dead and can’t be punished, I find it ridiculous to keep beating on that dead horse when there are live conspirators to be addressed. Constantly re-directing the conversation from the LIVE culprits is unproductive.

    I’m sure that’s way over your tiny pinhead, but we can’t dig up the guy and spit on him. Take down his statue and go after the people who are still around. Duh.

  29. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 14, 2012 1:49 PM

    deb
    @showerswithsandusky

    I agree. I am humbled by your greater insight. It is not the individual, now deceased, but the culture that created the mess.

    The coverup, the culture, and the entire program with the live culprits should be held responsible. An entire business and several hundred thousand employees were displaced for allegedly (later found not true) obstructing the investigation to determine loss of investor $$. If Arthur Andersen can be closed for not exposing the culprits at Enron, how can the continuing culprits at Penn St. and the entire institution expect to remain in business.

    Deb, you are absolutely correct. Focus on the live culprits. Who hires an 86 year old to coach teenagers? Will there be an expectation that he continue to serve from above? Go after the live culprits.

  30. Deb says: Jul 14, 2012 3:37 PM

    @hopalongccr1 …

    Thank you. Although I’m not a Penn State fan, like most college football fans, I’d always admired Coach Paterno (even though I thought he was no longer an effective coach). None of us wanted to believe he’d helped cover up something so horrific, but we know now that he did. At least he was fired from the position he loved and expressed some remorse before he died. I know it’s small comfort to the victims, but he’s gone and that’s all the restitution Paterno will give in this life. That’s why it’s better to concentrate on those who can still be punished.

    This was an institutional failure on par with the Catholic Church, and my fear is that a few officials and a dead coach will be scapegoated while the school’s other powerbrokers remain in place. Penn State is one of the nation’s oldest, most admired educational institutions, and saving that should come ahead of football. This is going to cost the school millions in addition to its reputation. And if they’re issuing statements trying to get the victims to sign settlement agreements in exchange for counseling, and debating whether they should remove Paterno’s statue, that means they still don’t get it.

    I generally oppose the Death Penalty because it punishes coaches and players who didn’t commit the infractions. But in this case, it’s perhaps necessary to right the ship. The entire Board of Trustees should be replaced, senior administrators fired, and those complicit in the cover-up should be prosecuted. The NCAA has to send a message to every program that this kind of thing won’t be tolerated, and Penn State has to remove the taint. Maybe they can accomplish that without going so far … but it’s a dire situation.

  31. thepatriotsaregay says: Jul 14, 2012 7:29 PM

    no matter what “renovations” they make. That slapping sound will still haunt the place.

  32. herbiecane says: Jul 14, 2012 10:55 PM

    I would argue the “Death Penalty” makes little sense.

    1. Unless I’m mistaken, everyone we know to be involved in the abuse/coverup has been removed from PSU. So there are no guilty people left to affect with this action.

    2. It WOULD directly harm the PSU players, the (new) coaching staff, thousands of students and fans that enjoy PSU football. It would harm the trainers, groundskeepers, concession and parking people, and media people, many of whom earn some or most of their livelihood from PSU football. And NONE of them abused these children or covered it up.

    3. The judicial system has dealt with Sandusky. It will likely also deal with Spanier, Schultz, etc.. And cancer got Paterno. Who is there? Unless you mean Jackass PSU Homer, who insisted all along that this was some elaborate conspiracy against JoePa, then than his good deeds had to be weighed against his shameful defense of The Program at the expense of the safety of children (it doesn’t).
    That minority of their fan base is the only party left to punish with the Death Penalty.
    We all have our own jackass fans. Even though, in this case, it was taken to a disgusting new low. In my opinion, punishing their ignorance isn’t worth hurting everyone else. Nor does it help the victims.

  33. nflhof says: Jul 14, 2012 11:37 PM

    They should put a plaque in the new building so new recruits can remember what happened

  34. infectorman says: Jul 15, 2012 12:33 PM

    @Deb:
    ” but we can’t dig up the guy and spit on him”

    *************

    Maybe so, but we CAN spit on his statue!

    2 thoughts:
    Can we go after the Paterno $?
    Saw a link to a story that a legal expert said that if Paterno was alive today, he could be facing criminal charges. Seems like they should be able to sue his estate for damages for some of the $ the school paid him to atone for the pain and suffering of those children, but I’m sure there will be mucho deniro for these young men in Civil suits brought against the 2nd Mile and PSU proper.

    Note 2: @ “showerswithsandusky”

    Bro, I don’t often agree with Deb, but I have to give it up to her on this one; that screen name has got to go, just like the Paterno Statue

  35. hopalongcrc1 says: Jul 15, 2012 3:53 PM

    herbiecane

    I agree the death penalty is certainly not sufficient for dealing with the atrocities of Penn State football. The University should have to bear the responsibility for not only the direct victims of the Penn State child molestation program, but those indirectly harmed by the failure of the Penn State trustees to act responsibly.

    Employees that did not know or would not have reason to have known of the Sandusky raping which could have gone on for 25 years before it became accepted as known in 1998 should be relocated to other employment and other campuses at the cost of Penn State.

    You are not correct in your statement about the virus of the Penn State child molestation (“grooming for repeated rape”) football program that the other employees did not know. The Freeh report clearly states that janitors…. were aware and feared loss of employment in deference to the Penn State child rape football cult.

    I agree with you that the current coaches and players that by happen stance wandered into the Joe PA atrocity should be assisted to get a more healthy situation as promptly as possible at the cost of the Penn State football program, the Joe Paterno estate, and the personal net worth of the Penn State trustees.

    PENN STATE FOOTBALL = CHILD RAPE

    Do you really want for loyalty or $$$ to be associated with this?

  36. chadc84 says: Jul 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    If we can’t protect our children we’ve failed as a society. It is definitely unfortunate that these players and coaches are going to have to go elsewhere for work/football but Penn State in no way deserves any revenue generated from any form of football operations for a while.
    Death penalty should be used on Penn State

  37. Deb says: Jul 15, 2012 4:53 PM

    @herbiecane …

    You have to look at the bigger picture here. This wasn’t a failure of a few individuals–it was an institutional failure. It means the system of protecting the institution above all else allowed evil to flourish within its walls. When something like that happens, it leaves a taint–and try to ensure nothing like that happens again here or elsewhere–is to take the approach the Allies took with Germany after WWII. Level it and start over.

    The Board of Trustees is still talking about whether fans will be upset about taking down a Paterno statue. Seriously? Do these people realize they’re going to be hit with multi-million-dollar lawsuits that will cripple them financially? And while that happens, enrollment will nosedive, causing further financial disruption Government committees may decide they want to know why tax money is paying out these judgments. And all the BOT is worried about is offending football fans? All this happened on their watch. They need to go, the entire AD needs to go, the entire coaching staff that worked under Paterno needs to go, and so does the entire administration. The other guys you mentioned are likely going to prison.

    I love football history and have always respected Penn State, so I’m taking no pleasure in this. But the first priority is saving a world-class educational institution and restoring its reputation. And those are the tough calls serious leaders would make to ensure PSU doesn’t carry around this episode like an albatross. Shut down the team for a year or two. Let these kids transfer to other programs. When you come back, do it with a clean slate.

  38. latchbeam says: Jul 15, 2012 8:28 PM

    Death penalty

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