It is likely that only a few reporters have ever read the Freeh Report from cover to cover and it's also likely that most reporters read the Executive Summary at the most. I suspect that the majority of reporters who condemned the alleged actions of PSU did so based on Louis Freeh's grandstanding press conference.
As a result, most reporters left the press conference believing that many boys were abused on PSU's campus after the incident in 2001 and that the abuse continued up until the point Sandusky was arrested. This was because of Louis Freeh's irresponsible and unsupportable comments regarding Sandusky's abuse on campus from 2009 to 2011.
Here's Freeh's factually challenged response to Dave Marcheskie, ABC 27 News, question about 2009 to 2011:
The following break down will separate fact from fiction.
"He's frequently observed in the Lasch Building working out."
FACT: The Freeh Report provided mentioned that some members of the Athletic Department staff questioned Sandusky's use of facilities after the news reports of the grand jury investigation. In addition, I confirmed with former players that Sandusky was working out in the Lasch Building up until the time of his arrest.
"He's at bowl games with youths."
FICTION: The Freeh Report presented no evidence to support Sandusky taking youths to bowl games from 2009 to 2011. No testimony or evidence was presented at the trial to support this statement.
"Many of the colleagues observe him showering with boys in the Lasch Building."
FICTION: The Freeh Report presented no evidence that coaches saw Sandusky showering with boys from 2009 to 2011. No testimony or evidence was presented at trial that showed Sandusky has showered with any youths after 2001.
"Don't report that. Don't think there is anything untoward about it"
FICTION: The Freeh Report presented no evidence of coaches witnessing Sandusky showering with boys in that timeframe, thus there was nothing to report nor what there anything for them to think about.
"He's showing up at these camps."
FICTION: The Freeh Report presented no evidence that Sandusky participated or ran a Second Mile camp on PSU's campus after 2009. In fact, the Freeh Report, page 108, specifically excluded the years 2009 to 2011 in its report. Quote: "Between 1999 and 2008, the Second Mile operated six one-week long summer camps at the University Park campus...."
"Camps by the way which Penn State supported and contribute to in terms of their operations."
FICTION: Based on the Annual Reports and financial statements of The Second Mile, Penn State was fully paid for the food and lodging associated with the camps held on the University Park campus. Penn State University (University Park) was not listed as an "in-kind" donor for 2009 (the last year the statement was made public). Also, none of the Sandusky victims ever testified to being abused at a sports camp on PSU's campus and only one, Victim 10, stated he was abused at The Second Mile summer camp.
"He's showing up with young boys."
FICTION: The Freeh Report provided no evidence to support the claim that Sandusky was bringing (or showing up) with young boys at the camps from 2009-2011. No testimony was offered at the trial that supports this allegation.
"Staying in dormitories with them overnight."
FICTION: The Freeh Report provided no evidence to support the claim that Sandusky stayed overnight in dormitories from 2009-2011. No testimony was offered at the trial that supports this allegation.
"There's more red flags here than you could count over a long period of time."
FICTION: Only one statement by Freeh - that Sandusky was working out in the Lasch Building - is supported by evidence. Working out is hardly a "red flag" of child sexual abuse.
Media Repeats Freeh's LiesA google search of "Sandusky + more red flags" yielded 227,000 results. This demonstrates that Freeh's press conference comments were accepted as true, when they clearly were unsupported. Had the media done its job - and not based their reports on a single source - but actually checked the Freeh Report to see if there was supporting evidence, Freeh would have been exposed as the fraud that he is.
Defamation Suit Will Expose FreehFormer PSU President Graham Spanier's defamation suit will undoubtedly reveal many of the lies told by Louis Freeh at his press conference. All of the points above, particularly the characterization that "there were more red flags than you can count," were used by Freeh to misinform the public of incidents that were "concealed" by PSU officials.
I anxiously await hearing Louis Freeh try to explain his blatant lies.
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