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.
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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.
There were over interviews that took place, such as those with several different members of the university, including athletes, members of the coaching staff and of the Board of Trustees. There were also over 3. In addition, there was also a forensic investigation, which revealed that assistant coach Mike McQueary witnessed a sexual assault in , not , contrary to what he said in his testimony. Despite many knowing about the criminal activity that was going on since , Sandusky was still allowed access to Penn State facilities.
The university didn't take any measures to prevent him from coming on campus, according to the report. If the former assistant coach had been prevented, Freeh says that some of these assaults may not have happened at all. He wanted to remain a part of Penn State athletics in some way, so he could continue to work with young people, according to the report.
Ex-athletic director Tim Curley also received authorization to re-hire Sandusky as an "emergency hire" during the season. Along with the large lump of cash, Sandusky was awarded "emeritus" rank, which allowed for special privileges, including access to the campus and locker rooms on the university's East Area.
Despite the Penn State board being made aware of the allegations earlier this year, they failed to act on the matter or demand any action from the school president, according to the report. The general counsel, senior vice president and school president also failed to bring the and allegations to the board.
The board did not have committee structures or reporting procedures on how to deal with such a major risk to the university. The board also had too much confidence in former president Graham Spanier's ability to handle these issues, and did not know how to go about filing criminal charges or firing former head coach Joe Paterno. Probably the most upsetting thing about this whole case is the fact that nobody tried to step up and stop it. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.
You can take it for what it is, but this prestigious university's reputation, along with that of one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, may forever have a black eye.
Report by Penn State alumni trustees attacks Freeh probe into Jerry Sandusky scandal
The report singles out university president Graham Spanier, vice president Gary Schultz, athletic director Timothy Curley and head football coach Joe Paterno. 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. The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized. This was not a criminal investigation, as Freeh is a private citizen.
The Freeh Report
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.