Penn State Waits for Sex Scandal Report
STATE COLLEGE — After months of interviews and investigating the man hired by Penn State to look into the sex abuse scandal involving Jerry Sandusky is ready to release his report.
Former F.B.I. director Louis Freeh will publish his findings Thursday. There are a lot of people waiting to find out what the report says.
The Penn State community has been waiting for answers ever since former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested in November.
In late June, Sandusky was convicted of abusing ten boys as far back as the 1990s. Two more top Penn State officials are accused of covering it up.
Even the legacy of late football coach Joe Paterno may not be immune from the Freeh report.
“I’ve looked up to Joe my entire life. I don’t think I’d be able to swallow it. It’d be hard for me. That’s all I know,” said Zoe Rafferty a student at Penn State.
The Penn State board of trustees fired Paterno after Sandusky’s arrest. University president Graham Spanier was ousted too.
Trustees hired former F.B.I. director Louis Freeh to investigate how the university handled the situation. Freeh was allowed “unfettered” access to documents, emails, and Penn State employees.
“This time tomorrow, a lot of things are going to be known that standing here now are unknown,” said Matt Bodenschatz of Voices for Victims on Wednesday.
Matt Bodenschatz is a victims’ advocate. He said the Freeh report is an opportunity for Penn State and other institutions to handle reports of sexual abuse better if they happen in the future.
“Once all the guard is let down, once the pride stuff washes away. Maybe the current generation moves on. We have to set the stage so that Penn State if they want to and choose to, can be the light in this situation,” said Bodenschatz.
Some people said they are somewhat skeptical of how independent the Freeh investigation is, considering the Penn State trustees are paying for it.
In addition to the Pennsylvania attorney general, the NCAA, the U.S. attorney, and the U.S. Department of Education are investigating Penn State.