Freeh report blasts Penn State, Joe Paterno, inaction on Sandusky sex abuse
Failure to act by Penn State’s most powerful leaders, including head football coach Joe Paterno, permitted Jerry Sandusky to use the university’s athletic facilities to lure boys for “grooming” as victims of his sexual abuse, according to a report from former FBI Director Louis Freeh.
In a prepared statement that preceded the release of a 162-page report, former FBI director Louis Freeh, who along with his law firm conducted an independent review of the circumstances surrounding the scandal, blamed Paterno and university officials for “catastrophic failures” that were reinforced by a Board of Trustees that had failed to create an environment of accountability.
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said in the release. “In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University .?.?.repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, the Penn State community and the public at large.”
Very disturbing, not surprising, and far from over.