Sandusky was found guilty last month on 45 of the 48 counts charging him with
sexual abuse against 10 boys over a 15-year period and will likely spend the
rest of his life in jail after he is sentenced later this year.
Paterno was fired last November after 46 years as Penn State's head football
coach amid accusations he didn't do enough to stop the abuse. He died in
January of lung cancer.
Freeh's report was released last Thursday, eight months after he was hired by
Penn State's board of trustees to look into the university's response to the
Paterno, in Freeh's report, was among many Penn State officials accused of
concealing 'critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the
authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at
Monday's statement from the Paterno family indicated that they will review
'Following the release of the Grand Jury findings last fall, Joe Paterno
called for a thorough, fair and transparent investigation,' the statement
read. 'Like everyone else, Joe was stunned at the charges that were filed
against Jerry Sandusky. At the same time, Joe cautioned against a rush to
judgment on Penn State and its senior officials and reminded everyone that we
owed it to the victims to uncover the full truth.
'The announcement of the findings by the Freeh Group is yet another shocking
turn of events in this crisis. We are dismayed by, and vehemently disagree
with, some of the conclusions and assertions and the process by which they
were developed. Mr. Freeh presented his opinions and interpretations as if
they were absolute facts. We believe numerous issues in the report, and his
commentary, bear further review.
'Our interest has been and remains the uncovering of the truth. We have never
tried to run from this crisis or shift all responsibility to others. To help
prevent this sort of tragedy from happening again at Penn State or any other
institution, it is imperative that the full story be told.
'After the report was released, we instructed our attorneys and their experts
to conduct a comprehensive review of the materials released by the Freeh Group
as well as Mr. Freeh's presentation and press conference. We have also asked
them to go beyond the report and identify additional information that should
be analyzed. And we have asked the Freeh Group to preserve all records, notes
and other materials related to the investigation and the presentation of their
findings as we expect they will be the subject of great interest in the
'To those who are convinced that the Freeh report is the last word on this
matter, that is absolutely not the case. Since various investigations and
legal cases are still pending, it is highly likely that additional critical
information will emerge. With that said, we want to take this opportunity to
reiterate that Joe Paterno did not shield Jerry Sandusky from any
investigation or review.
'The 1998 incident was fully and independently investigated by law enforcement
officials. The Freeh report confirms this. It is also a matter of record that
Joe Paterno promptly and fully reported the 2001 incident to his superiors. It
can certainly be asserted that Joe Paterno could have done more. He
acknowledged this himself last fall. But to claim that he knowingly,
intentionally protected a pedophile is false.
'The process of reviewing the report and other relevant information is going
to be a complicated and time consuming exercise. It took the Freeh Group
roughly seven months to conduct more than 400 interviews and review three
'We do not expect or intend to duplicate this effort but we are going to be as
thorough as reasonably possible. In the meantime, our attorneys have asked
that we not make any further comment on this matter until they are ready to
provide an update on their progress.'
The university also issued a statement from president Rodney Erickson on
Monday in regard to the report.
'The 267-page Freeh Report, while difficult to digest, was a necessary step in
finding the truth and continuing our healing process as a community,' Erickson
said. 'We must not be afraid to examine ourselves, our policies and our
actions -- with the clear intent of taking corrective measures and righting
'...Although we cannot undo history, we can become agents for change and
reaffirm our core values of honesty, integrity and justice. I promise you, we
will learn from our past and take the steps that will allow us to emerge and
grow into a stronger, better university.
'As we move forward, there are many decisions that must be made -- decisions
that are not without consequences and must not be done without careful
thought. Many of these decisions involve individuals and practices deeply
woven into the fabric of our community.
'All of this will take time.
'Time to heal. Time to comprehend. Time to trust. Time to transform. Time to
regain what has been lost, and time to move forward.
'...This is not the end of the process, nor will it be the end of a number of
investigations or inquiries into the university. We will continue to cooperate
fully with all agencies and will communicate these interactions with you, our
community. We plan to analyze the many recommendations made in the Freeh
Report and begin implementing a number of them as quickly as possible.'