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.
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