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<span style="font-weight: bold">Penn State leaders including former President Graham Spanier and late football coach Joe Paterno covered up Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse for years to save the reputation of the school and its multimillon-dollar football program, former FBI director Louis Freeh said on Thursday.</span>

Their failure to stop Sandusky allowed the former assistant coach to continue luring victims for more than a decade, Freeh said after an eight-month investigation of the handling of the case commissioned by Pennsylvania State University trustees.

Sandusky, 68, was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

"Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims.........

"In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University ... repeatedly concealed ......


<span style="font-weight: bold">The 267-page report</span> could influence Penn State as it prepares for potential civil lawsuits. The university has already invited victims to try to resolve claims against the school. The report could also shed light on any criminal liability for two university officials charged with perjury and failing to report what they knew about Sandusky. Both have pleaded not guilty.


.........The Freeh report goes further, saying Paterno and others also knew about a 1998 criminal investigation of Sandusky in which he was suspected of misconduct with a boy in a locker room shower.

Sandusky continued preying on young boys for years, prosecutors said. At least half of Sandusky's 10 known victims were abused after 1998, and the university allowed Sandusky to retire in glory in 1999.

"The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized," Freeh said........


"Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley never demonstrated, through actions or words, any concern for the safety and well-being of Sandusky's victims until after Sandusky's arrest," Freeh said.

"Even though they all knew about the 1998 incident, the best they could muster to protect Sandusky's victims was to ask Sandusky not to bring his 'guests' into the Penn State facilities," Freeh said.

Freeh and his team conducted more than 430 interviews in its investigation, including with school staff, coaches, athletes and others, and sifted through 3.5 million emails and documents. The most damaging evidence came from the discovery of "critical" emails exchanged in 1998 and 2001.

Among the emails was a series in which top school officials discussed reporting the allegations about Sandusky to authorities, even going so far as to propose a plan. <span style="font-weight: bold">After speaking with Paterno, however, "they changed the plan and decided not to make a report" to police or child protective services</span>



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Here are a few salient points raised by and attributed to the Freeh report:

THE LEADERSHIP

• “Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University – President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno – failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. They displayed a strong lack of empathy for Sandusky’s victims ...”

• “Spanier failed in his duties … The Board (of Trustees) also failed in its duties to oversee the President and senior University officials in 1998 and 2001 …,” but the Board did not have knowledge of the 1998 and 2001 events.

• “… the Board’s subsequent removal of Paterno as head coach was poorly handled, as were the Board’s communications with the public.”

• Penn State had a lack of understanding and compliance of the Clery Act – the reporting of crimes on campus – regarding the reporting of Sandusky’s actions.

• Former assistant football coach Mike McQueary, former University Director of Public Safety Thomas Harmon, former Centre County assistant district attorney Karen Arnold, former Second Mile head Jack Raykovitz and Jerry Sandusky were not interviewed by the task force.

THE 1998 INCIDENT

• Paterno was aware of the 1998 incident involving Sandusky in a Lasch Building shower with a young boy. In an email from Curley to Schultz and Spanier at 5:24 p.m. captioned “Joe Paterno,” Curley reported, “I have touched base with the coach. Keep us posted. Thanks.” Spanier said he did not recall this email, and Paterno’s family has publicly denied that Paterno had knowledge of the 1998 incident.

• Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley did not even speak to Sandusky about his contact with a young boy on May 3, 1998, in Lasch Building.

• Schultz’s notes about the 1998 Sandusky incident: “Behavior – at best inappropriate @ worst sexual improprieties” and “At min – Poor judgment. He also notes: “Is this the opening of pandora’s box?” and “Other children?”

• Despite their knowledge of criminal investigations of Sandusky, Spanier, Schultz, Curley and Paterno “took no action to limit Sandusky’s access to Penn State facilities or took any measures to protect children on their campuses.”

• Curley communicated with Second Mile executive director Jack Raykovitz about the 1998 incident and asked Raykovitz to tell Sandusky to not bring any Second Mile boys to campus.

SANDUSKY’S RETIREMENT

• Sandusky’s retirement was not tied to that discovery of him and a young boy in that shower in 1998.

• Investigators discovered notes that “appear to be in Paterno's handwriting” related to Sandusky's retirement from Penn State in 1999. “We know this isn't easy for you and it isn't easy for us or Penn State," the notes say. “If there were no 2nd Mile then I believe you belief [sic] that you probably could be the next Penn State FB Coach. But you wanted the best of two worlds and I probably should have sat down with you six or seven years ago and said look Jerry if you want to be the Head Coach at Penn State, give up your association with the 2nd Mile and concentrate on nothing but your family and Penn State.”

• Despite telling Sandusky he would never be head coach at Penn State, Paterno did “give him the option to continue to coach as long as he (Paterno) was the coach,” a Curley email said.

• Sandusky’s retirement package was much-discussed and unusual in that he was given emeritus status, an occurrence that caused consternation for Rod Erickson, at the time the university’s provost (chief academic officer) and currently president.

• Sandusky received a near-unprecedented payout of $168,000 at retirement. He was hired back on an “emergency” basis for the 1999 season, at his former salary plus a 6 percent cost-of-living increase.

• After the 1998 season, Curley offered Sandusky a position as assistant athletic director, but Sandusky declined. There were some preliminary discussions – supported by Paterno -- about establishing a football program at Altoona under Sandusky’s direction, but a high-ranking Penn State official said raising funds for such a venture would not work. Sandusky pressed “to continue to work with young people through Penn State.”

THE 2001 INCIDENT

• In February 2001, a meeting was held with Curley, Schultz and Spanier to talk about the 2001 incident involving Sandusky and a boy, and they also “reviewed the history of the 1998 incident.”

• Curley met with Raykovitz of the Second Mile on March 19, 2001, and “shared the information we had with him.” The Second Mile leadership concluded the matter was a “non-incident” and took no further action.

• The report confirmed the February 2001 sequence of events that were leaked in the past 10 days, where the above three administrators devised a three-step reporting plan of action, but later recanted after Curley indicated he spoke with Paterno.

2011

• In April 2011, a trustee emailed Spanier, seeking more information about the grand jury investigation. Spanier responded that “Grand Jury matters are by law secret…” and said he would check with university counsel Cynthia Baldwin. In April 13, Spanier appeared before the grand jury, and on April 17 Spanier, Baldwin and then-board chair Steve Garban met.

• On Oct. 27-8, 2011, Baldwin received information on the upcoming grand jury indictment. Baldwin, Spanier, Garban and staff drafted a press statement that expressed “unconditional support” for Schultz and Curley.

• On Oct. 29, 2011 Sandusky attended a Penn State home football game and “sits in the Nittany Lion Club in Beaver Stadium.”

• On Nov. 4, 2011, former Penn State counsel Wendall Courtney emailed Schultz a newspaper story about the Sandusky charges. Schultz replies: “I was never aware that ‘Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower’ in 1998.”




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The entire Freeh Press release on the findings of the investigation:

http://www.thefreehreportonpsu.com/P...e_07_12_12.pdf

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Working exceptionally hard in a very short amount of time for an investigation of
this magnitude, <span style="font-weight: bold">my team conducted over 430 interviews of various individuals that
included current and former University employees from various departments across the
University, as well as current and past Trustees, former coaches, athletes and others in
the community. We also analyzed over 3.5 million emails and other documents.</span> The
evidence found by our investigators included critical, contemporaneous correspondence
from the times of these events.


<span style="font-weight: bold">Our investigative team made independent discovery of
critical 1998 and 2001 emails – the most important evidence in this investigation.</span> We
also confirmed, through our separate forensic review, that the correct year of the
Sandusky sexual assault witnessed by Michael McQueary was 2001, and not 2002 as
set forth in the original Grand Jury presentment.


In performing this work, we adhered faithfully to our original mandate: to investigate this matter fully, fairly, and completely, without fear or favor. We have
shown no favoritism toward any of the parties, including the Board of Trustees itself, our
client. I can tell you that at all times we felt that our demand for total independence –
the primary condition of our engagement – was respected.


We took the unusual step of not providing any draft of the report to the Board of Trustees or to the Task Force prior to its posting this morning.


They are seeing it at the same time and in the same manner as everyone else, namely by accessing the independent website we established for this purpose, www.TheFreehReportonPSU.com .

To be absolutely clear, this public release is the first
time anyone outside of our investigative team has seen this report.

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The entire report:

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Such a sad situation. So where are all the protesters in the streets now?

Blinded by "big-time" football. Do anything, steamroll anyone who might "harm" it.

Now the NCAA shoe drops. Too chicken-scat to invoke a death penalty. How about an eight year bowl ban, one for each of the pervert's victims who had the wherewithal to testify?

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And yet, there was former Penn State player Matt Millen on ESPN Thursday morning after Freeh's news conference, confidently saying that Spanier, not Paterno, deserves the lion's share of the blame. In the same breath, Millen called JoePa "a man of great character."

Enough. I don't care if you went to Penn State, played for Penn State, or were invited to Thanksgiving dinner at the Paterno house in 1985. Joe Paterno actively did the wrong thing, and because of his actions, more innocent boys were sexually abused. I also don't care why Paterno did nothing—a skewed sense of loyalty to Sandusky, fear of tarnishing his then-spotless legacy, whatever. When you fail the Morality 101 test of protecting the innocent and stopping bad people from doing bad things, the why doesn't matter. And for those of you who want to blame the "institution" of the big-school football program that becomes more important than anything else, spare me. At Penn State, Joe Paterno was the institution.

JoePa did a ton of good in his life and was assuredly a positive influence on thousands, if not millions of people. But that doesn't mean he was a good man, nor does it mean that we need to protect his legacy. He wasn't, and we don't.






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