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Penn State to release independent Sandusky report Thursday


Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky enters the Centre County Courthouse as the second day of jury selection begins in his child sex abuse trial on June 6, 2012, in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Sandusky is charged with 52 criminal counts of alleged sexual abuse of children.


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Penn State will release its independent investigation of disgraced football coach Jerry Sandusky's sex abuse on Thursday morning, the Associated Press reported.

The college hired former FBI director Louis Freeh and his firm after Sandusky was arrested on charges of abusing young boys to look into how the University handled the allegations, Reuters reported. The team has been investigating the college's role in the abuse for eight months, according to the AP. 

Freeh said in a statement Tuesday that the report will be published online Thursday at 9 a.m., and he will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. in Philadelphia to discuss his findings and recommendations for the school, according to Reuters.

Members of Penn State's board of trustees held a conference call Tuesday night in preparation for the report's release, the Boston Globe reported. Thursday's revealing of the report will be the first time it is seen by anyone outside of the probe, including the trustees, Reuters reported.

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"I think we'll find that this thing revolves so tightly around coach Paterno, and I would hope the Freeh report is much broader than that and addresses the university as a whole — and how this culture was handled or mishandled correctly — and comes to some closure on that," trustee Ryan McCombie said Tuesday, according to the Globe. 

Once the document is released, the Trustees will begin a two-day meeting in Scranton to discuss the report. 

"I'm going to be looking for what we believe will be full and complete disclosure," Harrisburg lawyer Ben Andreozzi, who represents the young man described as Victim 4 in court records, told the Globe. "It's going to be convenient for the university to release certain information but to hold back on some of the details concerning potential information that could expose them to liability."

The report comes just days after Penn State's former President Graham Spanier's lawyers told Freeh's team that he was never told about Jerry Sandusky's incidents of sexual abuse or criminal activity, CNN reported.

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"Selected leaks, without the full context, are distorting the public record and creating a false picture," Spanier's attorneys said in a written statement, according to CNN. "At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues."

Spanier and Penn's beloved head coach Joe Paterno, who died of cancer, were fired by the University's trustees days after Sandusky's arrest in November, according to the AP. 

68-year-old Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of child molestation involving 10 boys last month, CNN reported, and some of his incidents of abuse took place at Penn State football facilities.