Freeh Report: In 2001, Penn State Officials Fail to Contact Authorities, Schools Sells Land to Second Mile

What follows here are excerpts from a timeline in the Freeh Report of events in 2001:

February, 2001:

– Sandusky assaults Victim 2 in Lasch Building Shower.

– McQueary witnesses the assault by Sandusky.

– McQueary reports the assault to Paterno on Saturday, February 10; Paterno tells McQueary, “you did what you had to do. It’s my job now to figure out what we want to do.” 

– Paterno reports the incident to Curley and Schultz on Sunday, February 11 as Paterno did not “want to interfere with their weekends.” 

– On Monday, Spanier, Schultz and Curley meet to discuss a situation that Spanier describes as “unique”, and a “heads‐up” meeting; Schultz’s confidential notes indicate he spoke to Curley, reviewed the history of the 1998 incident, and agreed that Curley would discuss the incident with Paterno and recommend that Curley meet with Sandusky. Schultz notes state: “Unless he confesses to having a problem, [Curley] will indicate we need to have DPW review the matter as an independent agency concerned w child welfare.”  

– Schultz asks University Police Department Chief Harmon if the report of the 1998 incident is in police files; Harmon responds that it is. 

– Spanier, Schultz and Curley meet and devise an action plan, reflected in Schultz’s notes: “3) Tell chair* of Board of Second Mile 2) Report to Dept of Welfare. 1) Tell JS [Sandusky] to avoid bringing children alone into Lasch Bldg *who’s the chair??” The plan is confirmed in a subsequent email from Schultz to Curley. 

– Curley emails Schultz and Spanier and says he [Curley] has changed his mind about the plan “after giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe [Paterno] yesterday.” Curley now proposes to tell Sandusky “we feel there is a problem” and offer him “professional help.” “If he is cooperative we would work with him to handle informing” the Second Mile; if Sandusky does not cooperate, “we don’t have a choice and will inform” DPW and the Second Mile. “Additionally, I will let him know that his guests are not permitted to use our facilities.”  

– Spanier emails Curley and Schultz: “This approach is acceptable to me.” He adds: “The only downside for us is if the message isnʹt ‘heard’ and acted upon, and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it. But that can be assessed down the road. The approach you outline is humane and a reasonable way to proceed.” 


March, 2001:

– Scheduled date of meeting between Curley and Sandusky. In his 2011 Grand Jury testimony, Curley said he told Sandusky “we were uncomfortable” about the incident and would report it to the Second Mile. Curley says he also told Sandusky to stop bringing children to the athletic facilities. Sandusky’s counsel later reports that no accusation of sexual abuse was made at this meeting and that Sandusky offered to provide the name of the boy to Curley, but Curley did not want the boy’s name. 

– Curley meets with the executive director of the Second Mile and “shared the information we had with him.” The Second Mile leadership concludes the matter is a “non‐incident,” and takes no further action. 

– Curley meets with the executive director of the Second Mile and “shared the information we had with him.” The Second Mile leadership concludes the matter is a “non‐incident,” and takes no further action. 

– Schultz leads a transaction to sell a parcel of University property to The Second Mile for $168,500 – the same as the University’s 1999 acquisition cost.  


August, 2001:

– Sandusky assaults Victim 5 in Lasch Building shower.    


More to come.


10 Responses

  1. as a current student at Penn State, this report makes me sick. How could senior officials at a top university conceal this information. This makes Penn State look at least a billion times worst then if they would have come out and acted on the reports dated back to 1998. IMO, the reputation of the University is tarnished.

  2. remember when after the Grand Jury report released, Spanier was all outraged, saying he was confident the University would be cleared?

  3. well now that we can hold these 4 men accountable can we move on to holding members of the SECOND MILE, BOT, psychologists, janitors, CYS, DPW, Gov Corbett, Police Chief Harmon and every other person who knew as well accountable? i have no problem blaming joe pa but he doesnt deserve 100 percent of it. Second, the report also states how teh BOT botched handling the entire thing in Nov including firing Joe Paterno. Thats why people were outraged that night in the WAY he was fired. Dont misconstrue that as solely blind worship.

  4. Don’t Look up to anyone.
    Hey Asshole, if you watched the presser, Freeh was asked if he thought the firing of JoePa was justified, and he answered with one word and moved on: “Yes. Next question.”

  5. hey cockbag, how about u talk about the other 3 douche fucks responsible for 90% of and stop blaming it all on joe. he’s dead. let it go. and he already said that he wished he had done more.
    fuck off

  6. Thanks for calling me an asshole for no reason. Did you read the report or my post? It doesn’t say anywhere that i didn’t think the firing was justified it just states the manner in which everything was handled, conducted, and performed was terrible.

  7. The guy who can’t read is pretty damn smart… The whole thing was handled terribly. I feel so relieved knowing that now…..

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