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Former Penn State president will sue Louis Freeh

The former FBI investigator placed Graham Spanier at the center of the sex abuse cover-up

Graham Spanier, the ex-president of the Pennsylvania State University who was at the helm of the school when the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse scandal broke, is planning to sue a former FBI investigator.

According to a notice filed with a Pennsylvania court earlier this week, Spanier plans to sue Louis Freeh, a former FBI director who served as an independent investigator on the case, for “slander, libel or defamation,” according to a box checked on the five-page notice.

“Over the past year, Penn State has made a dedicated effort to reform the problems that led to Mr. Sandusky’s ability to victimize children on the university campus,” Freeh told Bloomberg in an emailed statement. “I trust the changes and improvements that Penn State has put in place will help to build a constructive and protective environment where children will not again suffer abuse.”

According to Freeh’s 2012 report, former head football coach Joe Paterno, Spanier and one other Penn State official took steps to cover up the sex abuse scandal. Penn State fired both men in 2011.

For more InsideCounsel coverage of the Penn State scandal, see:

Joe Paterno’s family sues NCAA over sanctions

Penn State whistleblower suit will move forward

NCAA wants Pennsylvania’s suit over Sandusky dropped

Pa. governor sues NCAA over Penn State scandal

Penn State’s GC was criticized too harshly for her role in the Sandusky scandal

Former Penn State president says there was no cover-up

Whistleblower in Penn State sexual abuse scandal sues school

NCAA fines Penn State $60 million

Penn State GC criticized in report

Former Penn State assistant coach to sue university

Lessons from the Penn State scandal


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