During his investigation, federal judge Louis Freeh and his team interviewed over 400 former and current Penn State employees. (Photo : REUTERS)
In the latest developments of what has been called the worse college sports scandal of all time, former FBI director Louis Freeh will unveil the findings of his investigation to determine the level of liability Penn State University holds in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
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Penn State trustees hired Freeh and his law firm eight months ago to dissect the decision-making process of top university administrators who failed to report highly serious accusations against Sandusky for over a decade. Since his hiring, Freeh's team has interviewed over 400 current and former PSU employees, everyone from trustees to janitorial workers.
"We picked Judge Freeh in large part because he has no connections to the university. In fact, he has no connections to Pennsylvania to speak of," said trustee Ken Frazier, head of the committee addressing the scandal. He said he believes Freeh will successfully be able to determine "who knew what, when. We have someone who can make a report on wherever the evidence leads."
"We look forward to seeing the report on Thursday and reviewing Judge Freeh's recommendations," said PSU spokesman David La Torre.
The family of late head coach Joe Paterno has questioned the fairness of the investigation and responded hastily to any suggestion of Paterno's involvement or knowledge of Sandusky's crimes. In a Tuesday statement, the family called Sandusky a "master deceiver," and repeated previous claims that Paterno "did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile."
"When the facts come out, it will be clear that Joe Paterno never gave [former PSU athletic director] Tim Curley any instructions to protect Sandusky or limit any investigation of his actions," they wrote.
The lengthy comments prompted one Twitter user to write, "Paternos issuing statement after statement. This is what guilty people do."
Another prime player in question is former PSU president Graham Spanier, who initially refused to take part in Freeh's investigation. He later agreed to an interview in Philadelphia.
"He has wanted the Freeh Group to create an accuate report and has been determined to assist in any way he can," said Peter Vaira, Spanier's lawyer. "At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct, or criminality of any kind."
Nobody has been granted early access to the Freeh report. University trustees, law enforcement officials, and the public will find out what it contains at the same time - 9am Thursday morning, where you can find it at http://thefreehreportonpsu.com/.