Freeh Report ignores the obvious question: What about Tom Corbett?
Former FBI Director Louis Freeh’s report on child abuse at Penn State deliberately conceals the inactions and misbehaviors of state and local law enforcement officials — including Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett — in the same long-running scandal.
The report as such is a disservice to the people of Pennsylvania.
It serves as a not-too-clever political whitewash and diversion for prominent Pennsylvania politicians, including Corbett, implicated in the same misdeeds.
Freeh’s report makes clear its limited scope in its title: “Report of the Special Investigative Counsel Regarding the Actions of The Pennsylvania State University Related to the Child Sexual Abuse Committed by Gerald A. Sandusky.”
No mention is made in the title, or in the report itself, of the years of inaction in this case involving the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office and the office of the Centre County District Attorney.
“Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky’s child victims,” Freeh said of his deliberately limited report. “The most powerful men at Penn State failed to take any steps for 14 years to protect the children who Sandusky victimized.”
What Freeh does not mention is that the most powerful men in Pennsylvania politics also took no steps to help those kids.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett for more than three years — from at least 2008 to 2011 — did little or nothing to protect Sandusky’s young victims.
Centre County District Attorney Michael Madeira got the Sandusky case in 2007. Madeira also did nothing to bring charges for a year until he referred to case in 2008 to Corbett.
The ignored case sat in Corbett’s office until 2011, while Corbett ran for governor.
We should also mention that Centre County DA Ray Gricar as well refused to prosecute Sandusky in 1998. When DA Gricar vanished mysteriously in 2005, AG Tom Corbett as well refused to launch a serious investigation into that troubling development.
By hermetically sealing the perimeters of his investigation at the doors of Penn State, and refusing to ask the hard questions involving Gov. Corbett and other public officials beyond the gates of Old Main, former Director Freeh, himself a longtime political appointee, has raised more questions than he answers.
Why did Tom Corbett do nothing for three years? Why is Coach Paterno held to a different or higher standard than Governor Corbett?
The most troubling question of all remains: Are state officials, and not children, protected in Pennsylvania?