Freeh Report: Penn State leaders disregarded safety and welfare of Sandusky victims
In a press release made available just minutes before the independent investigation into Penn State University, the Freeh report states that former head coach Joe Paterno and university officials knew about the 1998 investigation into Jerry Sandusky when allegations of child molestation were brought to them by assistant coach Mike McQueary in 2001.
The report, which was commissioned in Nov. 2011, states that the most senior leaders at Penn State had “total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims.”
Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of child molestation on June 23.
The report also details what happened with the senior leaders after McQueary came to Paterno with what he saw. There was evidence of a proposed plan to alert authorities on March 20, 2001, the report states. But that plan was ultimately changed after then-athletic director Tim Curley consulted with Paterno.
Based on the evidence, the only known, intervening factor between the decision made on February 25, 2001 by Messrs. Spanier, Curley and Schulz to report the incident to the Department of Public Welfare, and then agreeing not to do so on February 27th, was Mr. Paterno’s February 26th conversation with Mr. Curley.
The report states the “most important evidence in this investigation” was email correspondence found from 1998 and 2001 among the leaders at the university.
There were more than 430 interviews conducted for the report, as well as more than 3.5 million emails and other documents analyzed.