At a news conference in Philadelphia today, former FBI Director Louis Freeh slapped Penn State’s handling of the victims of recently convicted pedophile and football coach Jerry Sandusky. Freeh, who was the director of the FBI for eight years, investigated the Sandusky matter for eight months and today released his 267-page report.
On June 22, Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 charges of sexual abuse of young boys. Freeh’s sharp report was critical of many who were fired in the wake of the scandal over Sandusky’s behavior, including Joe Paterno and Penn State President Graham Spanier. Freeh said that as early as 19998 Sandusky’s behavior could have been stopped. The scandal went public in late 2011.
Freeh’s report said the behavior of Penn State’s top officials, “empowered Sandusky to attract potential victims to the campus and football events by allowing him to have continued, unrestricted and unsupervised access.”
“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 at today’s press conference. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized,” he added.
Freeh’s report was harsh on Penn State’s football coach Joe Paterno in particular. Paterno died in the wake of the scandal on January 22nd at 85. The report asserted that the late and legendary coach kept the accusations quiet for fear of bad press.