Former FBI Director Louis Freeh's law firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan said Thursday that Penn State University's leadership, including former head coach Joe Paterno, took practically no action to protect children from former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
The report was released three weeks after Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sex abuse.
Freeh, who led a Penn State-funded independent investigation, said in a release that his team analyzed 3.5 million emails and documents, uncovering key information about Sandusky's sexual assaults of victims.
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State,” Freeh said in a statement. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
With this information uncovered, Freeh and his law firm recommend that Penn State create a compliance program and committee to watch over the university board. The school has already put into place two policies to protect children, including more thorough background checks for employees and a training program on child abuse, but Freeh suggested the school continue to evaluate its culture and make additional changes.
In April, Penn State hired Edelman and Harrisburg, PA-based La Torre Communications for corporate communications and media relations assistance. The university's board of trustees previously worked with Ketchum. Kekst & Co. has handled media relations for the probe into the Sandusky matter.