By Charles Thompson cthompson pennlive. 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. Report to the Board of Trus
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In an investigation lasting more than seven months, Louis J. Freeh, a former director of the F. The trustees, who hired Mr. The failure of top officials to stop Mr. Freeh wrote. The findings have implications for universities across the country, experts said, particularly those where popular sports programs can take on outsize influence. Neal, president of the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.
And where athletics are involved, I think there is an urgent question whether some institutions have lost touch with their purpose. Erickson, said they accepted the findings and the blame, and said change was already under way. Frazier, a member of the Penn State board of trustees, on Thursday after the release of a report by Louis J.
At a news conference, Mr. Erickson did not answer directly when asked if there had been excessive reverence for the football program. Karen B. Peetz, a trustee for two years and the chairwoman of the board since January, was asked if Mr. Paterno should still be venerated on campus.
Spanier, who was forced out last fall, released a statement saying that some of Mr. Spanier did not know until last year of any child abuse allegation against Sandusky. But they did not address the point made by Mr. Freeh that when concerns were raised about Mr. Sandusky, in , in and again last year, Mr. Spanier kept the board in the dark. Freeh found that the board did not follow the common practice of having the president report routinely on looming problems and legal liabilities. Freeh wrote, Mr.
Freeh that the board was little more than a rubber stamp for the administration. Yet last year, when the first news reports were published of a criminal investigation into Mr. Sandusky, saying that Mr. Spanier and other officials had testified before a grand jury, only one trustee insisted that Mr.
Spanier tell the board about it. Officials gave the board a cursory briefing weeks later, with Mr. Spanier assuring them that the problem was minor and the trustees not demanding more, Mr. Freeh reported. The Jeanne Clery Act, enacted in and named for a student who was raped and murdered at Lehigh University, requires colleges to pull together information on crime from a variety of sources and warn the university community about potential threats.
The law holds a wide range of college employees — including coaches — responsible for contributing to that reporting. But at Penn State, Mr. Freeh found, officials did not know until recently that anyone but the campus police had that obligation, and the police paid little attention to the law until The first plan for complying with the law was drafted in , but it still had not been adopted when Mr. The football program, Mr. A former Penn State senior vice president, Gary Schultz, and Athletic Director Tim Curley face criminal charges under that statute, along with charges of perjury.
The episode involved occurred in , when a graduate assistant coach, Mike McQueary, reported that Mr. Sandusky had sexually assaulted a boy in a locker room shower. Whether or not Mr. Spanier understood the nature of the charge, e-mails uncovered by Mr. Freeh show that Mr.
Spanier, Mr. Schultz and Mr. Curley agreed to report the episode to the state child welfare agency. But they did not. Freeh quoted an unnamed senior official as calling Mr. The impression that Mr. Paterno had more power than the officials ostensibly above him is not new.
In , Mr. Spanier and Mr. Curley — who, in theory, could fire the coach at will — told Mr. Paterno he should retire; Mr. Paterno refused to go, and that ended the discussion.
The Freeh Report
Sandusky retired in , but kept an office at the school and used its facilities, where there were several reported sightings of him assaulting young children on campus. Sandusky was found guilty on June 22 of 45 criminal counts relating to the assault of 10 boys over a year period. Freeh said his team conducted interviews and pored over 3. No one spoke to Curley, Schultz or Paterno to complete the report, instead relying on documents and emails. Curley and Schultz both face criminal charges for failing to report allegations of child abuse against Sandusky to law enforcement or child protection authorities in In a January interview with the Washington Post , Paterno tried to explain his rationale for not reporting Sandusky. Curley and Schultz stated that the "humane" thing to do was to "carefully and responsibly assess" the best way to handle the allegations against Sandusky, but reported nothing to anyone.
In Report, Failures Throughout Penn State
I provide commentary on political economy, police and prosecutorial abuse, and whatever else might come to mind. Let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream. The university, he intoned, was directly responsible for permitting Jerry Sandusky, the former football team defensive coordinator and now a convicted child molester, for preying on young "troubled" boys. So far, the media response has been lockstep not only in its condemnation for Penn State and the late Joe Paterno, the legendary coach who won more games than any other NCAA Division I football coach in history, but also in its praise for Freeh. However, before the media and legal world goes on to paint Louis Freeh in the most heroic terms, I would remind readers that probably any one of us could have written that report and made the same damning comments made by Freeh and his underlings. It hardly is heroic to come upon a situation after the fact and to write those things which apparently were obvious in hindsight. No, I am writing in order to let readers know that this "heroic" Louis Freeh has some serious baggage of his own, baggage that includes covering up murders, whitewashing the most hideous domestic massacre since Wounded Knee, publicly making wrongful accusations, and further turning the Federal Bureau of Investigation into an entity that James Bovard accurately has called, "A Stasi for America.
Freeh Report rebukes PSU for concealing abuse
The report concluded that Paterno, president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade. Sexual abuse might have been prevented if university officials had banned Sandusky from bringing children onto campus after a inquiry, the report said. Despite their knowledge of the police probe into Sandusky showering with a boy in a football locker room, Spanier, Paterno, Curley and Schultz took no action to limit his access to campus, the report said. The access, the report states, "provided Sandusky with the very currency that enabled him to attract his victims. He said the collective inaction and mindset at the top of the university trickled all the way down to a school janitor who was afraid for his job and opted to not report seeing sex abuse in a school locker room in