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Former FBI Director to Lead Penn State Investigation

Penn State has chosen former FBI Director Louis Freeh to lead investigative efforts.

Former FBI Director Louis J. Freeh was appointed Monday to lead Penn State's internal investigation for the child-sex abuse allegations regarding Jerry Sandusky.

Louis Freeh stands near the FBI flag in a ceremony honoring the FBI's new labatory in Quantico, Va./ AP
Louis Freeh stands near the FBI flag in a ceremony honoring the FBI's new labatory in Quantico, Va./ AP

Freeh will explore claims all the way back to 1975. The investigation spans a much longer time-frame than the grand jury expected.

Originally, the university appointed two of its trustee board members, Kenneth  Frazier and Ronald Tomalis, to lead the investigation. After receiving much criticism and urgings from the Faculty Senate to conduct an independent review, the school asked Freeh to lead the examination. Freeh will have the power to look into anyone and everyone, including board trustee members.

"No one is above scrutiny," said university trustee and Merck pharmaceutical company CEO Kenneth Frazier.

Guion Bluford, who is a retired Air Force Colonel, astronaut and 1964 Penn State graduate, will join Freeh in exploring the accusations.

Freeh directed the FBI from 1993-2001 and later founded Group International Europe, an investigative firm that was hired to look into FIFA's presidential election earlier this year. Freeh also served as a special agent for six years.

The ex-FBI leader will be inquiring into a scandal in which Jerry Sandusky is accussed of molesting eight boys over the past 15 years. A graduate student allegedly saw Sandusky assualting a child, but when he reported the abuse to head football coach Joe Paterno, Paterno allegedly did nothing. For lack of action, Paterno and the then president of Penn State, Graham Spanier, were fired. Tim Curley and Gary Schultz are two other university administrators being investigated by the jury, and charged with failing to further report the child abuse and perjury.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.



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