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Freeh stands behind findings in new interview


It's been just over one year since Penn State's internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal came down hard on the university and its top administrators.

Since then the Freeh Report has drawn increasing criticism from groups loyal to the school and legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno.

The man who headed up the investigation, former FBI director Louis Freeh is defending the report that bears his name.

In an online interview with Fortune Magazine, Freeh said he's pleased how well it's held up.   He admits there have been criticisms about interpretations but said there has not been one disputed fact.

The Paterno family and some trustees have called the report incomplete, claiming key figures in the scandal were never interviewed.   

Freeh says he understands the criticism.

"Could we have done another 50 interviews?  Of course, said Freeh in the magazine article.  Could we have done another six months of work?  Yes.  But we felt we had all the necessary facts that the board needed to make their decisions."

The Freeh report was the basis for the NCAAs unprecedented sanctions against Penn State.

It also led to additional charges against three top Penn State administrators.

On Monday, a hearing in Harrisburg will determine if former university president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and finance officer Gary Schultz will stand trial.

The three are charged with perjury, child endangerment and failure to report suspected abuse.  

6 News will have live reports Monday, starting with 6 News at Sunrise.   Gary Sinderson leads the coverage as he has since this story broke.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times