Wednesday, January 15

McChesney Diary Confirms Freeh & OAG Misconduct

Former Freeh Team member Kathleen McChesney's diary confirmed that the PA OAG supplied her team with the PSU emails and the Schultz file

Ray Blehar
January 15, 2020, 3:27 PM EST

Yesterday, Ralph Cipriano of released a bombshell report confirming this blog's previous reporting that Louis Freeh's team was handed the emails and the Schultz file by the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General (PA OAG).

Kathleen McChesney, one of the key investigators into the Sandusky matter at Penn State University, kept a detailed diary of the activities of the 2011-2012 investigation. 

At one point in the diary, McChesney wrote in reference to the email evidence:

"Records - IT: Team working with Atty general, will receive in stages."

On April 2, 2012, McChesney wrote in reference to the Schultz file:

"AG documents received re: Curley and Schultz."

Our August 13, 2013 story confirmed that Kimberly Belcher twice refused to hand over the Schultz file to Freeh's team and instead gave it to the PA OAG in  April 2012.  She also testified that Schultz's legal team provided their copy of the file to the OAG one day earlier.

Belcher's testimony is seemingly confirmed by the diary, in which McChesney wrote:

"Fina got papers from two different sources."

Circling back, McChesney's diary (i.e., "AG documents received re: Curley and Schultz.") also may confirm our reporting that the Athletic Department had maintained a file on Sandusky and that the so-called "Schultz secret file" may have contained information gathered from both the Finance and Athletic Department offices.

Email confirms Freeh, Frazier, and Tomalis waited for leaked emails to be leaked to the press
As Cipriano's blogpost correctly pointed out, the transmission of these materials from the PA OAG to Freeh's team constituted illegal leaks of secret grand jury information.

The illegal leaks go a long way to explain why Freeh spun a yarn about his team discovering the emails and the Schultz file.  To be clear, the only cover-up at PSU was the one being conducted by Freeh and members of the Special Investigations Task Force (SITF).

Emails revealed that individuals from the SITF and the Freeh team were waiting for the leaked information to be further leaked (by the OAG) to the press and for the targeted PSU officials, especially former President Graham Spanier and former legendary head football coach Joe Paterno, to be convicted in the court of public opinion.

Not only was the Freeh investigation a sham, but it became part of Pennsylvania's system of injustice.


  1. Just how did Kathleen McChesney's diary get into the hands of Sandusky's lawyers?

    When is PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro going to announce an investigation into all these grand jury leaks? haha

    1. Tim,
      I don't know how McChesney's diary got into the Lindsay's hands, but I'm happy that it did -- and that he shared it with Cipriano.

      "haha" is right. Shapiro won't do anything with this...however, the diary shows that the misconduct took place in Pennsylvania and Delaware. As such, the Feds should be called in to investigate.

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