Reporting Jim Melwert
By Jim Melwert
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The results of Penn State’s internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal were set to be released Thursday morning.
The investigation, led by former federal judge and FBI director Louis Freeh, interviewed hundreds of people to learn what Penn State officials did or didn’t do after allegations against Sandusky began surfacing about 14 years ago.
Sandusky was convicted on 45 criminal counts in June.
Among those scouring the report when it comes out at 9 a.m. will be attorney Tom Kline who represents one of the victims who testified against Sandusky that he was assaulted in a Penn State Locker room.
“Specifically we will look to see if it addresses the many issues that remain unaddressed in this matter,” Kline says. “Including the 1998 so-called resignation of Mr. Sandusky in the height of his career.”
Kline says he expects the Freeh report will be — in his words — a resource manual and a guide book for him and other lawyers who are looking into this.
Whether or not the Freeh reports alleges there was an intentionally cover-up by the university remains a big question.
A Penn State spokesman declined our request for an interview.
The report is also expected to heavily focus on former coach Joe Paterno.
The investigation — or at least how it’s been handled has been criticized by Paterno’s family. The question the fairness of the report after — they say — leaks of emails and information questions again, in their words, were intended to smear Paterno and other officials.
A letter Paterno wrote less than a month before he died has been made public. In it, he defends the football program, writing, “This is not a football scandal and should not be treated as one.”
Former athletic director Tim Curley and university Vice President Gary Schultz are awaiting trial on charges they lied to a grand jury, and that they failed to report to authorities the assault witnessed by Mike McQueary.
And, the NCAA is still reviewing the matter, saying it will decide on whether to take action at the “appropriate time.”