Penn State Alumni Group Issues Critical Analysis of Freeh Report
Two months since Louis Freeh's report on the Jerry Sandusky child sex scandal was released, a Penn State alumni and supporters group released its critical analysis of the Freeh Report and what it says should have been its focus.
In the 57-page document, Penn Staters for Responsible Stewardship, also known as PS4RS, said the Freeh investigation should have focused on how and why five groups did not stop Sandusky from sexually abusing children despite having knowledge of allegations of sex abuse in 1998 and/or 2001. Those groups are:
- Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
- Centre County Children and Youth Services.
- State College Borough Police Department.
- Centre County District Attorney's Office.
- The Second Mile, the children's charity Sandusky founded in 1977 by which he used to meet and groom his victims.
The group, which has been critical of Penn State's Board of Trustees since November, when it fired longtime head football coach Joe Paterno, also listed several key failures of the Freeh Report, including the failure to investigate The Second Mile and the Board of Trustees.
The report states the brother of an unnamed trustee made a threat against Paterno in 2007. The brother was later voted onto the board and voted to fire the now-late coach.
The group also cites a lack of documentation to support the conclusion that Paterno and former PSU officials Tim Curley, Gary Schultz and Graham Spanier concealed Sandusky's abuse and a lack of interviews with virtually all key witnesses regarding the 1998 and 2001 shower incidents.
Schultz and Curley are both charged with perjury and a failure to report and are awaiting their Jan. 7 trial. They maintain their innocence.
Spanier has not been charged in connection with the scandal. He and his counsel have publicly denied Freeh's findings and insisted he had no knowledge of any sexual abuse allegation against Sandusky.
Paterno passed away Jan. 22 because of complications from lung cancer treatments. His family and its counsel are working toward issuing its own critical analysis of the Freeh Report as well.