The highly anticipated Louis Freeh Report has been released. Freeh is a former FBI director who was hired by the Penn State Board of Trustees in November of last year when former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was accused of molesting several young boys. The university was accused of not doing enough to prevent it. Louis Freeh and his team must have not gotten much sleep over the past several months.
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But, much like other critiques of the Freeh Report before it, it mostly asks its readers to reconsider existing evidence rather than delivering new revelations that upset fact patterns as they have emerged over the last decade. The alumni findings. They note, in their review of the interview transcripts, that 44 out 64 persons asked felt that Paterno, while a powerful football coach and key figure at Penn State, stayed in his lane when it came to university governance and observed a chain of command with the athletic director and president.
Accepting that as fact, the trustees argue that in telling a then-retired Sandusky after the now-infamous shower incident witnessed and reported by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary that he was no longer permitted to bring children onto Penn State facilities, Spanier and company reasonably thought that the issue was handled. Report to the Board of Trus The pushback. That decision, prosecutors would later point out, gave Sandusky seven more years of freedom and resulted in the molestation of at least four additional children.
Curley and Schultz both served short prison terms and are currently on parole. Spanier is asking the Pennsylvania Supreme Court to hear an appeal of his case. Reaction to the leaked report was strong. Freeh declined an interview request from PennLive Tuesday.
But in a statement shared with PennLive, Freeh labelled the alumni trustees a "gang of deniers Penn State, in a statement signed on to by President Eric Barron and current Trustees Chairman Mark Dambly, stressed that the alumni report represents only the personal opinions of its authors. It "does not represent the position or opinions of the Penn State board of trustees or the university in any way. Sandusky is currently serving to years in state prison.
It was not immediately clear Tuesday what comes next. The alumni trustees have shared their findings with the full board in prior executive sessions, but those discussions have not yet led to any renewed public discussion by trustees of the Freeh Report, which the alumni wants the full board to formally renounce.
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Penn State child sex abuse scandal
When they got elected, they sued the university and won access to the hundreds of thousands of interview notes and documents that Freeh, also a former judge, used to prepare his report, then spent hundreds of hours poring over them. Get the news you need to start your day. Its release continues what has been an unending battle for those who believe that the former Penn State leaders perhaps made some misjudgments about how to handle Sandusky but did nothing intentionally wrong, and that a vaunted football program was scapegoated. Even its airing has been contentious. After the university leadership sat on the report, given to them last summer, alumni trustee and Chester County businessman Anthony Lubrano bought ads in the Centre Daily Times and paid for a plane to fly over Beaver Stadium during football games pulling a banner that asked Penn State president Eric Barron, "What are you hiding? Release the Report!
The Freeh Report
The Penn State child sex abuse scandal concerned allegations and subsequent convictions of child sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky , an assistant coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions football team, over a period of at least fifteen years. The scandal broke in early November when Sandusky was indicted on 52 counts of child molestation , stemming from incidents that occurred between and Additionally, three Penn State officials — school president Graham Spanier , vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley — were charged with perjury , obstruction of justice , failure to report suspected child abuse, and related charges. The Board of Trustees terminated the contracts of Paterno and Curley. NCAA President Mark Emmert stated that the sanctions were levied "not to be just punitive, but to make sure the university establishes an athletic culture and daily mindset in which football will never again be placed ahead of educating, nurturing and protecting young people. The Paterno family retained former Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to conduct a review of the Freeh report, which concluded that the report constituted a "rush to injustice" that could not be relied upon   and that Freeh's evidence fell "far short" of showing that Joe Paterno attempted to conceal the scandal, but rather that "the contrary is true". In November , Corman released emails showing "regular and substantive" contact between Freeh's investigators and the NCAA, suggesting that Freeh's conclusions were orchestrated.