Longtime Penn State trustee Alvin Clemens has released a statement calling for Penn State to reexamine the findings in the Freeh report. Trustee Clemens lauded Joe Paterno at the last board meeting, and has served on the Board of Trustees since 1995.
His statement can be read below:
The analysis of the Freeh Report issued yesterday by former Attorney General Thornburgh and a team of experts raises a number of extremely serious and troubling questions.
To dismiss this report out of hand, as Mr. Freeh did immediately after it was released, would be a grave error. The Sandusky scandal is one of the most important child sex abuse cases in history. The University has a sacred obligation to the victims, the community and everyone who cares about preventing future child sexual abuse cases to get to the real truth of what happened in this matter.
The Freeh group was engaged by the Board of Trustees to perform an independent, full and complete investigation of the Sandusky scandal. In addition to questions about accuracy and fairness, there is little question that the Freeh report is less than complete. Compounding this problem is the fact that the Board never voted to accept the report or the NCAA Consent Decree.
In light of the questions raised in the Thornburgh review, the Board of Trustees should reexamine the findings and conclusions of the Freeh report.