Freeh report to be released Thursday

Penn State scrutinized over Sandusky scandal

By The Sports Xchange
POSTED: 05:19 AM PDT Jul 11, 2012 
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The independent investigation led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh into the behind-the-scenes happenings and university response to the Jerry Sandusky scandal is due to be released Thursday at 9 a.m. ET with a press conference to follow to discuss the findings.

Freeh will answer questions and detail recommendations based on the eight-month investigation in Philadelphia at 10 a.m. ET.

Freeh's wide-reaching search included documents, digital intelligence and direct questioning of Penn State employees past and present totaling at least 400 subjects since he was hired by Penn State in November.

The goal of Penn State officials wasn't to place blame but attorneys for victims in the case are pointing to the findings as a pivotal evidence discovery in assigning liability to the university, which hasn't been held culpable for Sandusky's crimes but could face multiple civil suits.

The findings could confirm multiple leaks to the national media in recent weeks, including on the day the Sandusky trial began in June.

Last week, email evidence was leaked to national media including an alleged exchange between former Penn State President Graham Spanier and other officials, including administrator Gary Schultz and then-athletic director Tim Curley discussing the morality and appropriateness of any planned response to Mike McQueary reporting to Joe Paterno that Sandusky was showering with a young boy in the football facility.

Penn State's Board of Trustees, in the public crosshairs since the Sandusky Grand Jury report was released in November and Paterno's subsequent firing, are scheduled to meet Friday in Scranton.

Sandusky is in prison awaiting sentencing after being convicted of 45 counts of criminal child sex abuse. He's facing a maximum sentence of more than 400 years.