Jerry Sandusky Scandal

Freeh defends his report, says Paterno ‘elected not to speak with us’

Louis Freeh is standing by his report.

The former FBI director issued a statement Sunday after the release of the Paterno report to address concerns and defend his work.

Freeh called the Paterno report “self-serving,” and said his team made ample attempts to contact the key witnesses in the case including Joe Paterno, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz.

He added that then-state Attorney General Linda Kelly asked the Freeh Group not to interview Mike McQueary because it might have interfered with the criminal prosecution of Jerry Sandusky. McQueary testified at Sandusky’s trial that he had seen Sandusky in a Penn State shower with a young boy in 2001.

“Although Mr. Paterno was willing to speak with a news reporter and his biographer at that time, he elected not to speak with us,” Freeh said, adding that documents submitted by the Paternos were included in his report.

In his statement, Freeh re-issued some of his findings on Paterno’s involvement in the alleged Sandusky cover-up, including quoting Paterno’s 2011 grand jury testimony in which he said McQueary told him about conduct with Sandusky and a boy that was sexual in nature and an email from Curley that Freeh said was an agreement not to report the Sandusky accusations.

Freeh said Paterno was aware of the crimes for 13 years and “purposefully ignored” the evidence.

“I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade,” Freeh said.

“These men exhibited a striking lack of empathy for Sandusky's victims by failing to inquire as to their safety and well-being, especially by not even attempting to determine the identity of the child who Sandusky assaulted in the Lasch Building in 2001.”

Penn State also issued a statement Monday saying the university has implemented the majority of the 119 Freeh recommendations and the university continues to use the report as an internal investigation.

The university statement did not directly mention or address the claims of the Paterno report.

The Paterno report includes findings of family attorney Wick Sollers, former U.S. Attorney General and Pennsylvania Gov. Dick Thornburgh, FBI profiler Jim Clemente, and Fred Berlin, the director of Johns Hopkins Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit.

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