The much anticipated Freeh report, detailing Penn State’s knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, is now public. The former FBI director took the school, its top brass and Joe Paterno to task over its handling of the matter.
Eight months, 400 interviews, and thousands of hours of examination have come to a conclusion.
The Freeh Group unveiled a much anticipated report on Penn State’s knowledge of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” said former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
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. He claims four individuals hold the most amount of responsibility, ex-President Graham Spanier, Athetic
Director Tim Curley, former Vice-President Gary Schultz, and legenday coach Joe Paterno.
“What is significant and shocking is that the four of them, the most powerful people at Penn State University, made a decision to conceal this information,” Freeh said.
The report focuses on two specific incidents where Sandusky was witnessed sexually abusing children on campus. One of those abuses was the 2001 shower incident between Sandusky and a young boy and it was witnessed by Mike McQueary. The second incident was a 2000 incident where Sandusky was witnessed by a janitor molesting a boy. The janitor never reported what he saw for fear of retribution.
“If that is the culture on the bottom. God help the culture at the top,” said Freeh.
The 267-page report insinuates Paterno knew more than he ever admitted. While Freeh regrets never
interviewing Paterno before his passing, he believes his legacy will suffer.
“He probably made the worst mistake of his life,” Freeh said.
Still, former players believe Paterno is being unfairly targeted.
“I think we will be hearing more in the future regarding this subject. I have faith that more truth will come out as time goes on,” said Brian Masella, former PSU player from 1972 to 1975.
Even with the release of the Freeh report, this is not nearly the end of the line for this story. Many people speculating civil litigation will begin. Also some charges could be possible. Some speculating Graham Spanier could face charges. Of course that decision is up to Attorney General Linda Kelly and her staff.