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Penn State holds town hall amid abuse scandal

 

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State's new president says the university will raise the visibility of ethics "to a new level" following child sex abuse charges against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Rod Erickson said at a town hall forum Wednesday in State College he hopes everyone at the university understands "we learn to do the right thing the first time, every time."

Sandusky is charged with abusing eight boys over a 15-year span. Two administrators have been charged with lying to a grand jury and failing to report a 2002 allegation to authorities. All three say they are innocent.

Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno was fired amid mounting criticism that school leaders should have done more to report allegations. Former president Graham Spanier departed under pressure.

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By GENARO C. ARMAS

Associated Press

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