Freeh responds to new report; defends his conclusions
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Former FBI director Louis Freeh is standing by his conclusion that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno and three top administrators concealed child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
Freeh responded Sunday to a new critique released by Paterno’s family that called Freeh’s report last July inaccurate and unfounded, resulting in a “rush to injustice.”
Freeh says in a statement he respects the right of the Paterno family to conduct a media campaign in an effort “to shape the legacy of Joe Paterno” but the coach should have done more to stop Sandusky.
Freeh cited grand jury testimony in which Paterno said a graduate assistant relayed to him a 2001 allegation against Sandusky of a “sexual nature” with a child.
He said Paterno’s attorney was contacted for an interview with the coach, who died in January 2012.