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Anthony Lubrano: 'Time to Ask Louis Freeh for Our Money Back'

by on February 24, 2013 2:57 PM

Penn State trustee Anthony Lubrano released his own statement on the Freeh report Sunday and said he believes it is time to ask former FBI director Louis Freeh for 'some or all' of the "millions paid to him by Penn State." 

Lubrano cites the Paterno report, compiled by four independent experts and released two weeks ago, as the main reason for his statement. 

"As my Board of Trustees colleagues Al Clemens, Ryan McCombie and Adam Taliaferro have already stated, this analysis of the Freeh Report raises a number of extremely serious and troubling questions," Lubrano said. 

"The Freeh Report purports to be the result of something that it is not — a full and complete investigation. As a result, it does a disservice to all those parties it was intended to help—the victims, the university and the community at large.

"At the time of Louis Freeh's engagement in November 2011, we were told that 'he has complete rein to follow any lead, to look into every corner of the university to get to the bottom of what happened and then to make recommendations that will help ensure that it never happens again.'

"In fact, under the terms of the engagement letter between Freeh and the Penn State Board of Trustees on behalf of the Special Investigation Task Force, Freeh was " perform an independent, full and complete investigation of the recently publicized allegations of sexual abuse at the facilities and the alleged failure of PSU personnel to report such sexual abuse to appropriate police and government authorities.

"We now know that this did not happen," Lubrano said via a press release. 

"Putting aside its inaccuracy and unfairness, the Freeh Report is far from complete and as a result, I believe Penn State is entitled to a refund," he said. 

According to Penn State's 'Progress' website, Penn State has paid more than $13 million to internal investigations firms, which includes Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan/Pepper Hamilton LLP, since the grand jury report indicting Jerry Sandusky as a child predator was released in November 2011. 

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Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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