By Jeremy Roebuck
July 25, 2012
A group of investigators led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh corrected several errors this week in its report that alleged top Pennsylvania State University administrators covered up child abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky.
Though most of the corrections cited by Freeh were minor typographic problems, one could change the narrative surrounding former university vice president Gary Schultz.
In the original Freeh report, investigators quoted a 2011 e-mail exchange between former university lawyer Wendell Courtney and Schultz, in which the latter man allegedly said, “I was never aware that Penn State police investigated inappropriate touching in a shower in 1998.”
In its corrected version, Freeh’s group said, Courtney actually wrote those words.
The e-mails refer to a 1998 probe by the university’s campus police department into encounters between Sandusky, then an assistant football coach, and two youths in a football locker room shower. No charges were filed in the case at the time.
But other evidence uncovered by Freeh suggests that Schultz and other university officials including Athletic Director Tim Curley and university president Graham B. Spanier kept a close eye on the investigation’s progress.
In 2011, Schultz testified before a grand jury that he was only vaguely aware of the 1998 case and that Courtney had handled it for the university.
Schultz now faces charges of perjury and failure to report child abuse in part for those statements. He has entered a not guilty plea.