FILE – In this Aug. 6, 1999, file photo, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, during the college football team’s media day in State College, Pa. Alumni-elected Penn State trustees, who successfully fought for access to records about a university commissioned a report on how the complaints about Sandusky were treated describe it as unreliable and misleading, adding fuel to a debate about the scandal that has roiled for more than seven years. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
HARRISBURG, Pa. – A small group of Penn State members that includes old defenders of the famous football coach Joe Paterno is challenging and unreliable 2012 a university study, commissioned by the Jerry Sandusky child abuse scandal.
In a 109-page report, five current and two former alumni-elected trustees say their review of a treasure trove of documents found that the school funded its own research was tainted by improper contacts with the university, the NCAA and the state, and the federal police.
Former FBI director Louis Freeh probe closed high-ranking administrators and Paterno ignored the Sandusky scandal to avoid bad publicity.
Freeh calls the group of trustees’ report “wrong, tilted, unfair, and biased.”
The curators say that it is implausible that Paterno, former university president Graham Spanier and other officials would have knowingly exposed children to harm by a pedophile.
Spanier and two other former administrators were convicted of child endangering. Sandusky is serving a 30 – to 60-year prison sentence for the sexual abuse of 10 boys.