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PSU Scandal: Who's Who?

The Freeh report's findings are from over 430 interviews with current and former Penn State employees


    Louis Freeh, former FBI director, delivers a report Thursday on the internal PSU investigation of child sexual abuse by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Former coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State leaders gave specific reasons for not reporting it, according to the 267 page report.

    Over 430 key current and former employees of Penn State University were interviewed for the report released Thursday by former FBI director and federal judge Louis Freeh detailing the university’s decisions and actions after learning of child sexual abuse allegations involving former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

    The investigation analyzed over 3.5 million emails and additional documents.

    Along with Sandusky and the late, legendary coach Joe Paterno, former Pennsylvania Attorney General and now-Gov. Tom Corbett, here is a breakdown of the cast of characters in the Penn State scandal:

    Freeh: PSU Leaders Made Decision to Conceal Allegations

    [PHI] Freeh: PSU Leaders Made Decision to Conceal Allegations
    Judge Louis Freeh says that his report shows that the most powerful leaders of Penn State University actively concealed allegations of abuse.
    (Published Tuesday, July 17, 2012)


    Role: Former assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile charity for children, convicted of molesting boys over a 15-year period.

    Freeh: Paterno, PSU Leaders Protected Sandusky

    [PHI] Freeh: Paterno, PSU Leaders Protected Sandusky
    Louis Freeh talks about one of the key findings in The Freeh Report -- that Joe Paterno and PSU leaders made conscious choices to protect Sandusky and the school's image over protecting the victims. No one ever talked to Sandusky about his abuse of a boy in the school's shower.
    (Published Thursday, July 12, 2012)

    Background: Arrested in November after a long investigation by a statewide grand jury. He had been a successful defensive coach for the Nittany Lions for 30 years, and prosecutors say he used his fame in the community to attract victims.

    Charges: Involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault of a young child, unlawful contact with minors, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of children.

    Status: Sandusky was found guilty of 45 of 48 counts. The judge ordered him to be taken to the county jail to await sentencing in about three months. He faces the possibility of life in prison.


    Role: Married to Jerry Sandusky.

    Background: Dottie Sandusky has stood by her husband, posting his bail, accompanying him to court proceedings and issuing a statement in December that proclaimed his innocence and said accusers were making up stories. She wasn't charged. She testified June 19 on her husband's behalf.


    Role: Leader of an investigative team tasked with determining how the abuse occurred and recommending changes, as well as reviewing Penn State's handling of sex crimes and misconduct

    Background: Freeh, a former federal judge who spent eight years as director of the FBI, was hired by Penn State's board of trustees in June. He has conducted an investigation in which hundreds of people were interviewed.


    Role: Penn State's longtime president, he was forced out by university trustees after Sandusky's arrest in November but remains a tenured faculty member.

    Background: Spanier told investigators he wasn't notified of any criminal behavior by Sandusky during his 16 years as president. He has not been charged with any crime.


    Role: Penn State athletic director, on leave while he fights criminal charges for actions related to the Sandusky scandal.

    Background: Curley fielded a complaint about Sandusky in a team shower with a boy in early 2001, and told a grand jury he instructed Sandusky not to be inside Penn State athletic facilities with any young people.

    Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn't on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.


    Role: Penn State vice president for business and finance, now retired.

    Background: Schultz told the grand jury that head coach Joe Paterno and assistant Mike McQueary reported the 2001 shower incident ``in a very general way'' but did not provide details.

    Charges: Failure to properly report suspected child abuse and perjury for lying to the grand jury. He wasn't on trial with Sandusky, denies the allegations and is seeking to have the charges dismissed.


    Role: Assistant Penn State football coach. Was a graduate assistant in 2001, when he says he witnessed Jerry Sandusky and a boy naked together in a team shower. McQueary took his complaint to Paterno, who alerted university administrators.

    Background: McQueary testified in court June 12 that he had ``no doubt'' Sandusky was having some type of intercourse with the boy.


    Role: The longtime football coach was told by McQueary in 2001 that he saw Sandusky and Victim No. 2 in a shower on the Penn State campus and, in turn, told Curley and Schultz.

    Background: The head coach at Penn State from 1966 through 2011, and major college football's winningest, he offered to resign at the end of the 2011 season amid the uproar after Sandusky's arrest Nov. 6. The Penn State Board of Trustees, however, ousted him for what was called his ``failure of leadership'' surrounding allegations about Sandusky. He died of lung cancer Jan. 22.


    Role: Married to Joe Paterno for almost 50 years, she raised five children with him and passionately defended her husband during the scandal and after he died. She was among the Sandusky defense team's potential trial witnesses.


    Role: Now the governor of Pennsylvania, he was attorney general when the investigation into Sandusky was launched by state prosecutors.

    Background: Corbett is an ex-officio member of the Penn State Board of Trustees, although he did not actively participate until after Sandusky was charged in December.


    Role: Pennsylvania attorney general, whose office prosecuted Sandusky.

    Background: A career prosecutor in the Pittsburgh area, Kelly inherited the Sandusky probe from Corbett when she was confirmed as his temporary successor as attorney general. She leaves office in January.


    Role: Former CEO of The Second Mile, the charity Jerry Sandusky founded.

    Background: Raykovitz led the charity for almost 30 years and was a longtime friend of Sandusky's. Raykovitz testified before the grand jury that recommended indicting Sandusky on child abuse charges. He resigned from The Second Mile soon after the scandal broke, and board members later complained that Raykovitz hadn't told them enough about earlier allegations against Sandusky.