Louis Freeh News Conference On Report

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PHILADELPHIA — At a news conference in Philadelphia, the head of the investigation into the Penn State scandal lamented the lack of concern for abuse victims.

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh condemned four senior Penn State officials citing the “callous and shocking disregard for child victims.”

The report blames Penn State President Graham Spanier, Senior Vice President Gary Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy Curley, and Head Football Coach Joe Paterno for failing to protect children.

“Taking into account the available witness statements and evidence, it is more reasonable to conclude that, in order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University – Messrs. Spanier, Schultz, Paterno and Curley – repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky’s child abuse from the authorities, the Board of Trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large. Although concern to treat the child abuser humanely was expressly stated, no such sentiments were ever expressed by them for Sandusky’s victims,” said Freeh.

Freeh also noted a failure of oversight from the Board of Trustees and what he called a culture of reverence for the football program at Penn State.

The full text of Freeh’s remarks can be read here.