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Penn State trustee Anthony Lubrano: Freeh report still needs to be reviewed

Penn State Board of Trustee member Anthony Lubrano talks to the media during the on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Penn Stater.
Penn State Board of Trustee member Anthony Lubrano talks to the media during the on Friday, January 16, 2015 at the Penn Stater. CDT Photo

With thousands of pages of depositions and exhibits openly available after state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, posted them to his website Wednesday, it might seem like all the information on what happened at Penn State regarding to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal was out there.

Anthony Lubrano says it is not.

The university trustee says that he and some other alumni-elected trustees are continuing their push to open the Freeh report records to find out how the Penn State-commissioned investigation into the scandal unfolded.

Lubrano said that he and fellow trustees Al Lord and Bill Oldsey will be traveling to Philadelphia on Thursday to visit the university’s counsel for the Sandusky-related matters, Saul Ewing.

Lord called for a reopening of former FBI director Louis Freeh’s controversial report last year, a request not approved by the rest of the board, but Chairman Keith Masser agreed to allow the documents to be reviewed by any trustees that wanted to explore them, subject to certain restrictions, including confidentiality agreements and protection of the identities of witnesses. Freeh’s investigators interviewed hundreds of people associated with the university and both Masser and President Eric Barron have expressed concern for the honoring the anonymity promised at that time.

Barron was hired in 2014. The report was commissioned in November 2011 under then-President Rodney Erickson and released in July 2012. Barron said after the November meeting when the board opted not to examine the report that he would do his own assessment.

The alumni trustees, on the other hand, have maintained that they need more open access to the documents.

Lubrano said Wednesday that they would be discussing the terms of viewing the documents.

Corman blamed the NCAA’s sole reliance on the Freeh report for some of the resulting problems, citing other criticisms of its results, including the Paterno-commissioned assessment by Freeh’s former FBI employee, profiler Jim Clemente.

Lubrano likewise chimed in on Corman’s thoughts about terminating NCAA President Mark Emmert. Lubrano said that he believed Emmert would not be holding his position for much longer.