CNN will not be able to get copy of a 1998 campus police report pertaining to sexual misconduct allegations against ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a university lawyer reportedly told the outlet.
Penn State's status as "a state-related institution" and not a "state school" protects the university from having to release public records like most public institutions, according to Amy Elizabeth McCall, an assistant general counsel.
"Because the 1998 investigation did not result in any criminal charges, it is not criminal history information and the university's police are thus required by law to keep that information within the police department," McCall wrote in a letter to CNN.
Penn State does receive state funds so Pennsylvania's "right-to-know" doesn't apply in the Sandusky matter. They reportedly listened in to a May 1998 conversation in which the mother of one of the accusers told the ex-Nittany Lions assistant to distance himself from her son.
"I understand. I was wrong," Sandusky told the mother, according to the grand jury report. "I wish I could get forgiveness. I know I won't get it from you. I wish I were dead."
Local and state law enforcement authorities stopped looking into the again until recently.
Sandusky, facing about 50 sex abuse charges for alleged actions over 14 years says he's innocent, only saying he may have "horsed around" with children.
He denies sexually abusing them.
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