Most Shared

PSU Sex Abuse Scandal

PSU Sex Abuse Scandal

 
text size

Documents released showing how Freeh was hired for PSU report

Updated: Wednesday, March 19 2014, 06:08 PM EDT

Reported By: Gary Sinderson
Written By: Marc Stempka

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Recently released emails by a group working to take a closer look at how Penn State University and the school's board of trustees handled the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal are shedding light on how the school reached a decision on who would handle their internal investigation.

The emails were released this week by Ryan Bagwell, who shared them following ongoing efforts for open records requests filed against PSU that are related to the Sandusky scandal. The emails showed trustees selected former FBI director Louis Freeh over former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff to handle the school's internal investigation.

Those correspondences also revealed how Gov. Tom Corbett played a role in the selection process.

The emails were from November 2011, shortly after Sandusky was arrested on child sex abuse-related charges and also from a few days after the trustees voted to fire former football head coach Joe Paterno and cut ties with former president Graham Spanier.

The emails show trustees Ken Frazier and Ron Tomalis were in charge of the investigator hiring process and following consultations with Corbett, Freeh was selected. At a press event in Johnstown in 2012, Corbett reaffirmed his support for Freeh.

"The hiring of Louis Freeh, which I certainly encourage, in fact, I provided his name, I don't know if others did, but I provided his name," Corbett said at the event. "The board was in a position to say 'We need this information as well as everybody else.'"

The emails also showed that Frazier initially favored Chertoff, but at a later board meeting, was updating the trustees on the work being done by Freeh.

"Judge Freeh's team also has been cooperating and interfacing with the NCAA and the Big Ten conference in connection with their respective reviews of this matter," Frazier said at a 2012 trustee meeting.

The emails showed that Frazier and Tomalis both interviewed Freeh and Chertoff on November 17, 2011, and that each meeting was four hours long. Following the meetings, Frazier sent an email to other trustees and to then university general counsel Cynthia Baldwin about the investigator search process.

Additionally, the emails show former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani contacted the investigator search committee and that Corbett also had a conversation with then attorney general Linda Kelly about her office conferring with the investigative team.

Kelly was appointed attorney general following Corbett's election as governor in 2010 and oversaw the Sandusky prosecution.

Emails also mention Rep. Patrick Meehan, of the Philadelphia area, wanted to see congressional representation on the investigators search committee, but that idea was rejected.


Documents released showing how Freeh was hired for PSU report


Advertise with us!

Related Stories

Who's Who in the Jerry Sandusky Case

  • Joe Amendola

    Joseph L. Amendola is Jerry Sanduskys defense attorney. 

     He established a private law practice in 1982 and has defended many high profile cases in Centre County. Since Sanduskys arrest Amendola has argued the 52-counts of abuse charges against his client are not specific enough to take to trial. Amendola has said that Sandusky is innocent of the charges, and that he flat out denies any sexual conduct and the allegations of prolonged abuse. Amendola said some of the acts described by victims -- like touching or naked shared showers -- might have been misinterpreted by the alleged victims.

  • Judge John Cleland

    In 2011, Judge John Cleland was assigned the case of former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, who stands accused multiple counts of child molestation. 

    Cleland was appointed judge following the recusal of all the judges on the Centre County Court of Common Pleas.  The judges stepped aside to prevent any bias or perceived bias in their affiliation with Penn State University or the Second Mile Charity founded by Sandusky.

    Cleland received his undergraduate degree from Denison University and in 1972, his J.D. The National Law Center of The George Washington University, 1972.

    Cleland began his legal career as a law clerk for United States District Judge Barron P. McCune. After that, he went into the private practice in law until his appointment to the McKean County Court of Common Pleas in 1984. 

    He served on the court from 1984 to 2008. That year, he was appointed an interim judge on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. After one year on the court, he became a senior judge for the courts on which he had previously served.

  • Linda Kelly

    Attorney General Linda L. Kelly was nominated by Governor Tom Corbett to take over his role as Pennsylvanias top law enforcement officer.  She took the oath of office on May 27, 2011.

    Kelly has been a prosecutor for more than 30 years, serving as both an assistant district attorney in Allegheny County and most recently as senior litigation counsel as Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania.

    Kelly is the first woman to lead the Office of Attorney General since it became an independent elected office in 1981 and Kelly is only the second woman to ever serve as Pennsylvania's Attorney General.  

    Kelly has handled the prosecution of a variety of other crimes including racketeering, narcotics cases and illegal gambling operations. She has prosecuted and supervised a number of cases based on investigations by the Internal Revenue Service, Postal Inspector and Federal Bureau of Investigation.

    Kelly is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a bachelor's degree in English, and the Duquesne University School of Law.

    She and her husband, Paul, are the parents of a daughter, Kate, who is a recent graduate of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

  • Jerry Sandusky

    Jerry Sandusky was born in Washington, Pa.   He played football at Penn State from 1963 " 1965, eventually becoming a member of Joe Paternos coaching staff.   Sandusky was the defensive coordinator on Penn States two national championship teams 82, 86.    He retired in 1999.  His last game was a memorable one, being carried off the field after his defense shutout Texas A&M in the Alamo Bowl.

    Sandusky founded the Second Mile Charity in 1977.   President George H. W. Bush praised the organization as a "shining example" of charity work in a 1990 letter that encouraged others to volunteer in community organizations.

    On November 4, 2011, a grand jury indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of sex crimes against young boys.  Those crimes allegedly took place from 1994 to 2009 taking place at his home, on the Penn State campus and other locations.  The attorney generals office claims Sandusky used Second Mile Charity to lure his victims.

  • Frank Noonan

    Frank Noonan was nominated by Gov. Tom  Corbett on January 18, 2011, to be Commissioner of Pennsylvania State Police and was confirmed by the State Senate on April 12, 2011.    

    Frank Noonan is a career investigator with more than 30 years of experience.  He began his career in 1971 as an FBI agent, investigating public corruption, drugs, bank robberies and kidnappings.   Noonan took a lead role in the Sandusky child abuse investigation. 

    After the arrest,  Noonan said the investigation was about more than football and Penn State.  He said, the case is about children who have had their innocence stolen from them and a culture that did nothing to stop it or preventing it from happening to others."

  • Tim Curley

    Tim Curley faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

     The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   According to the Grand Jury presentment, former head coach Joe Paterno contacted Tim Curley about the suspected abuse.    Curley has plead not guilty to the charges. 

     Curley grew up across the street from the University Park Campus and worked as a Penn State bat boy.  In 1993, Curley was named athletic director and oversaw massive growth of the sports program, millions in donations, 21 NCAA championships and 64 Big Ten titles. 

  • Gary Schultz

    Gary Schultz faces charges of perjury and failure to report suspected child abuse. 

    The accusations surround alleged Victim Two who was reportedly seen in a Penn State locker room shower with Jerry Sandusky.   Schultz has pleaded not guilty to the charges. 

    For 14 years, Schultz served as the vice president for finance and business.  He also oversaw several departments including police, human resources and legal services.  Last year, Schultz attended the opening of the Gary Schultz Child Care Center.  After his indictment, his name was removed from that building.

  • Dottie Sandusky

    Dorothy Dottie Sandusky is the wife of Jerry Sandusky. 

    The couple married in 1966.  They took in numerous foster children before adopting six children of their own.


 
Advertise with us!

Sandusky Case: Grand Jury Presentments (WARNING: Material is graphic)

1st Grand Jury Presentment

2nd Grand Jury Presentment

Washington Times