Specific emails from the upcoming Freeh report on Penn State’s response to allegations of sexual abuse of young boys at the hands of Jerry Sandusky have been leaked for the past week or so.
Come later this week — Thursday, to be exact — the entire investigation should be made available, according to multiple reports. That means the release of the investigation led by former FBI chief Louis Freeh would occur one day before Friday’s PSU Board of Trustees meeting in Scranton, Pa.
According to Dan Wetzel of Yahoo! Sports, it won’t just be former coach Joe Paterno in the Freeh crosshairs, either.
“The role of the iconic Paterno, the winningest coach in major college football history, no doubt will be a focus for the media and public,” Wetzel writes. “But the expansive, exhaustive investigation… has delved into all aspects of the situation, a source says.
“A source reiterated that no one and nothing escapes responsibility.”
Paterno, along with former president Graham Spanier (pictured, left), VP Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curely, has been a primary subject of the aforementioned emails leaked to CNN. Those emails indicate a cover-up by PSU admins of the Sandusky allegations last decade.
Spanier,who has filed suit against the university and faces a hearing next month, told Freeh investigators last week that he denies any knowledge of Sandusky’s child abuse.
“Selected leaks, without the full context, are distorting the public record and creating a false picture,” attorneys Peter Vaira from Vaira & Riley and Elizabeth Ainslie from Schnader Harrison Segel & Lewis said in a statement.
“At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues.”
“Given the seriousness and complexity of this case, everyone should be demanding the full truth, not just carefully selected excerpts of certain emails,” the Paterno family statement read.
Give it a couple more days and the Paterno family, like many others, will get their wish.