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Former FBI head in Penn State probe

Nov. 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM   |   Comments

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MILL HALL, Pa., Nov. 21 (UPI) -- Former FBI director Louis Freeh will serve as special counsel in the Penn State University investigation of child sex abuse allegations, the university said.

Penn State trustee and Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, chairman of committee trying to learn what campus leaders knew about child sex abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, said it would conduct a comprehensive and unbiased investigation, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported.

"No one is above scrutiny," Frazier said.

Freeh, who has also been a federal judge, said he will personally lead a team of former FBI agents and federal prosecutors with experience in child sex abuse cases.

"We have been asked to investigate the matter fully, fairly and completely," he said "The special investigative committee has assured us of total independence."

Penn State Football coach Joe Paterno and university President Graham Spanier, who both faced criticism for the university's apparent failure to act, have been fired in the wake of the scandal.

Meanwhile, "Victim 1" in the sex-abuse case against Sandusky has dropped out of school because of bullying, his counselor said Sunday.

Psychologist Mike Gillum told the State College (Pa.) Patriot-News his 17-year-old client dropped out of his senior year at Central Mountain High School in Clinton County after some students blamed him for the firing of Paterno, who was let go along with Spanier and two other administrators after prosecutors charged Sandusky with molesting at least eight boys, sometimes on the Penn State campus.

Sandusky, 67, faces 40 counts of sex-related charges involving underage boys. He is accused of aggravated sexual assault and other offenses involving his alleged contact with boys he met through The Second Mile, a charitable organization he founded while coaching at Penn State.

Gillum said Victim 1 "feels good" about the charges and was encouraged to see other alleged victims come forward.

"That's the one good that's come of all this," he told the newspaper.

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