Sandusky inquiry remains 'very active'
By Kevin Johnson, USA TODAY 7/13/12
Pennsylvania prosecutors are developing "new information" in their continuing investigation into former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky and how the university handled the initial allegations against the now-convicted pedophile, a spokesman for the state attorney general said Friday.
Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for Attorney General Linda Kelly, described the inquiry as "very active" after Thursday's release of a scathing internal investigation of the university headed by Louis Freeh. The former FBI director found that top Penn State officials concealed information related to Sandusky's abuse of children dating back to 1998.
Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last month and is in a central Pennsylvania jail awaiting formal sentencing.
Some of the information being reviewed by prosecutors, according to court documents filed in a Harrisburg court last month, are e-mails and other correspondence that reference an incident in 1998 in which Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing a boy in a university shower-room. The correspondence, which references communication involving university President Graham Spanier, Athletic Director Tim Curley, now on leave, retired university vice president Gary Schultz and head football coach Joe Paterno, was only recently turned over to prosecutors, according to court papers.
Some of the information was turned over to prosecutors by investigators working for Freeh. The cache includes e-mail references to Paterno's apparent knowledge of the incident in 1998. That information was not available to prosecutors when Paterno told a grand jury he was not aware of any allegations of misconduct involving Sandusky apart from an incident in 2001, when Paterno was told by football assistant Michael McQueary that Sandusky was involved in sexual activity with a young boy in a university shower-room....
Frederiksen declined to elaborate on the focus of the criminal inquiry, but he said Freeh's report "reinforces our findings that there was an effort by top administrators at Penn State to conceal the truth."....
Attorneys for Spanier, Curley and Schultz have challenged Freeh's report, saying their clients did not conceal information about Sandusky's activities. Paterno's son, Jay, said Freeh's conclusions were based on "incomplete information." "Joe did not cover up for Jerry Sandusky or conceal information," the son said.
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