Two Critical Errors in the Freeh Report


The Patriot News reported at least two instances recorded in the original Freeh report involving former Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley were corrected.

In the initial report, released July 12, Freeh said Curley met with Jerry Sandusky in 1998 after a police report was filed regarding his inappropriate conduct with a boy in the Lasch Football Building showers. Sandusky, was still employed at the time and that incident was investigated by campus police.

Curley had no interaction with Sandusky after that incident, but did instead in 2001, post-Sandusky retirement and after former wide receivers coach Mike McQueary told his superiors he had witnesses another incident of abuse by Sandusky in the showers.

An email exchange between Curley and university counsel Wendell Courtney also was amended, according to the Patriot News and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

This was the Freeh report’s initial account of the email exchange: “Courtney emails Schultz a newspaper story about the Sandusky charges. Schultz replies: “I was never aware that ‘Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower’ in 1998.”

The corrected exchange: “Courtney emails Schultz a newspaper story about the Sandusky charges and states: “I was never aware that ‘Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower’ in 1998.”

Courtney said those words, not Schultz, as Freeh initially alleged.

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