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In a summary of the report's findings, the report says the "the most saddening finding by the Special Investigative Counsel is the total and consistent disregard by the most senior leaders at Penn State for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims." The report goes onto say, "Four of the most powerful people at The Pennsylvania State University -- President Graham B. Spanier, Senior Vice President-Finance and Business Gary C. Schultz, Athletic Director Timothy M. Curley and Head Football Coach Joseph V. Paterno - failed to protect again a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."
The report also includes numerous e-mails from Gary Schultz, Tim Curley and Graham Spanier as well as handwritten notes and interpretations of handwritten notes from Gary Schultz and Joe Paterno.
The investigation was completed was former FBI Director Louis Freeh and his law firm. Freeh is a federal judge and an advocate for abused children. On November 21st, 2011, the Board of Trustees announced an independent investigation to find out who knew what about Jerry Sandusky's activities, if there was a cover-up, and what could be done to make sure it never happened again. Freeh said the board who hired him would have no control over the report.
In January of this year, Freeh met with the faculty senate and told them he was looking at university records and documents from Sandusky's charity the Second Mile.
In May, Freeh announced they had interviewed more than 400 people. Many of them were current and former members of the board of trustees and employees from across the university.
Later that month former President Graham Spanier filed a civil suit against Penn State asking for email records so he could prepare to be interviewed by Freeh.
Earlier this month emails leaked from the investigation that seemed to show former Athletic Director Tim Curley, former Vice President Gary Schultz and Spanier talking about how to handle accusations against Sandusky. They also indicate that plans changed somehow after talking with Joe Paterno, but they don't say what Paterno actually said.
Paterno's family then called for an immediate release of all the Freeh investigation saying that would clear Paterno's name.
Tuesday CNN reported Spanier's lawyers announced that he was interviewed at length on Friday by the Freeh group, and Spanier said he knew nothing about any abuse.
The Paterno family released a statement saying they wanted to give Paterno's side of the story to the Freeh group. They said, "Joe Paterno did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile. Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky. To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth."