PHILADELPHIA—The long awaited report detailing Penn State's handling of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal is set to be released this morning. The report is expected to detail who may be responsible for not reporting some incidents and generally, where things went wrong.
There is a lot of anticipation surrounding the release of this report. Since Jerry Sandusky was convicted on June 22, many people have been looking towards the next step in the healing and blaming process for Penn State. This report, authored by former FBI Director Louis Freeh is expected to point the finger in the direction of just who may have dropped the ball.
"I think everybody at State College, Penn State wants to know what the truth is, so far it's not clear that's happened," said Lou Delattre from State College.
Sandusky was found guilty last month on 45 counts of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. The Freeh investigation was lead by former federal judge and FBI Director Louis Freeh, who was charged with examining who knew what and when about Sandusky, dating all the way back to 1998.
"Hopefully it's something we can find everything out now, correct whatever policies need to be corrected. and then try to move forward," said Penn State Alumni Richard Frank.
A big piece of the report is expected to focus on if school administrators, including Joe Paterno, tried to cover up the 2001 shower incident between Sandusky and a young boy. The sexual contact was witnessed by then grad assistant Mike McQueary. He reported the incident to Paterno and then Athletic Director Tim Curley but it was never reported to the authorities.
Emails leaked over the past two weeks indicate a possible cover-up between Curley, then Vice-President Gary Schultz and former President Graham Spanier. Joe Paterno was even mentioned in one of those emails.
"Who could have helped them and sooner and didn't should be known, no matter who that person is, no matter how high up or down on the chain," said Matt Bodenschatz from Voices for Victims.
The Paterno family is already raising red flags about the investigation. They are upset over not being given the chance to talk to the Freeh group before the investigation was published.
In a statement Tuesday, the Paterno family said, "If he were with us today, we are certain Joe Paterno would say that he wished he had done any number of things differently . . . But he would expect others to step forward as well."
The Freeh report will be released online this morning at 9 a.m. The former federal judge and FBI director will then take questions from the media in Philadelphia at 10 a.m. The report is expected to mainly focus on the culture at Penn State and making recommendations to fix any problems moving into the future.
To read the full report go to, thefreehreportonpsu.com.