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A copy of a document sent to me by a source and dated February 28,2000 ( a link is provided at the bottom) and further corroborated by other documentation has revealed that MBNA bank beginning in 2000 and throughout the entire tenure of Louis Freeh as the bank's vice chairman and general counsel, was a major corporate sponsor of Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile and continued to be throughout Freeh's tenure at the bank from 2001 to 2006 when MBNA bank was bought by Bank of America for $35 billion. Freeh at the time cashed in $20 million in stock options.
As the document shows, in April of 2000, less than two years after the 1998 Sandusky investigation, MBNA bank sponsored a testimonial dinner at Penn State to honor Jerry Sandusky. This relationship and sponsorship of Sandusky and Second Mile by MBNA bank continued while Freeh became the bank's vice chairman and general counsel.
In addition, evidence shows that Ric Struthers, vice president and head of the credit card division at MBNA bank and a close friend and colleague of Freeh sat on Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile board of directors at least until 2006.
Given MBNA bank's important financial relationship to Penn State and their relationship to Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile as one of Sandusky's biggest biggest corporate sponsors and Freeh's position as vice chairman and general counsel,and given Freeh's friendship with Ric Struthers, a vice president who sat on Sandusky's Second Mile Board of Directors from 2000 to at least 2006, the conflicts of interest between Freeh and MBNA bank and it's executives and Jerry Sandusky and Second Mile are so great, so irreconcilable, so substantive and raises so many legitimate questions that on ethical grounds alone, it completely invalidates the Freeh Report as an honest, objective independent investigation, untainted by bias or self interest.
And that Freeh did not disclose this conflict of interest and ethcially disqualify himself from conducting it, further erodes Freeh's credibility, the credibility of the report, and calls into question Freeh's real motives.It also begs the question, did the Penn State Board of Trustees know about this conflict of interest before assigning Freeh to do the investigation? If so then their motives for hiring Freeh, perhaps to insure that they are taken off the hook, must be questioned since the conflicts of interest are so great that Freeh never should have been allowed to do the investigation in the first place.
Aside from the clear lack of ethics the conflicts of interest indicate,and how they invalidate the Freeh Report, they also raise other serious questions. Specifically what did Freeh and other MBNA bank executives know of the 1998 Sandusky investigation and when did they know it? Or McQueary's 2001 allegations? What did Ric Struthers know and when did he know it? And was the Freeh Report and its unsubstantiated conclusions and accusations against Joe Paterno and others actually Freeh trying to shield MBNA bank executives,personal friends like Ric Struthers and even himself from bad or damaging publicity and not as Freeh alleged, Joe Paterno trying to shield Penn State?
The evidence shows that a major and mutually lucrative financial agreement had been completed between MBNA bank and Penn State, negotiated in part by MBNA bank vice president Ric Struthers less than two years after the 1998 Sandusky investigation on possible allegations of child abuse. The agreement called for MBNA bank to pay Penn State $30 million just for its mailing list. MBNA bank used that list to solicit and provide credit cards to Penn State students and faculty. Ric Struthers, as already noted, sat on the Board of Directors of Jerry Sandusky's Second Mile.
With MBNA bank one of Sandusky's biggest corporate sponsors and its vice president of the credit card division sitting on Sandusky's Board, along with the conflicts of interest that make Freeh's investigation worthless, is it possible that Struthers, Freeh, or other MBNA bank executives knew nothing of the 1998 Sandusky investigation?Is it possible that they didnt?
It is believed that they did know and protecting that information along with Freeh not wanting to lose a $6 million pay day were the motives behind Freeh not recusing himself from doing the investigation and his motives behind his unsubstantiated conclusions and manipulation and mischaracterization of evidence to pin the blame and focus attention on Paterno and others.
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Penn State leaders including former President Graham Spanier and late football coach Joe Paterno covered up Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse for years to save the reputation of the school and its multimillon-dollar football program, former FBI director Louis Freeh said on Thursday.
Their failure to stop Sandusky allowed the former assistant coach to continue luring victims for more than a decade, Freeh said after an eight-month investigation of the handling of the case commissioned by Pennsylvania State University trustees.
Sandusky, 68, was convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.
"Our most saddening and sobering finding is the total disregard for the safety and welfare of Sandusky's child victims by the most senior leaders at Penn State," Freeh said in a statement on his team's findings.
"In order to avoid the consequences of bad publicity, the most powerful leaders at Penn State University ... repeatedly concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse."
Freeh also criticized the board that hired him, saying it failed to hold senior leaders accountable and declined to act after seeing a March 2011 media report about allegations against Sandusky.
The 267-page report could influence Penn State as it prepares for potential civil lawsuits. The university has already invited victims to try to resolve claims against the school. The report could also shed light on any criminal liability for two university officials charged with perjury and failing to report what they knew about Sandusky. Both have pleaded not guilty.Penn State leaders including former President Graham Spanier and late football coach... more
Current Pennslyvania Governor Tom Corbett officially learned of allegations of child sexual abuse against Jerry Sandusky in March 2009. As Attorney General of the state at the time, Corbett assigned a single state trooper to investigate the allegations - though that law officer was not authorized to bring charges against Sandusky because Corbett decided not to assign an agent from his office to directly supervise the investigation.
When Corbett became governor two years later the children’s charity Sandusky had founded in 1977, The Second Mile, had not officially been notified by Corbett or anyone in law enforcement that its founder was being investigated on multiple allegations of child rape.
Despite that apparent disconnect, the HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS reported on Dec. 10, 2011, that at the same time Corbett was conducting his two-year investigation of Sandusky as Attorney General, Corbett’s gubernatorial campaign benefited financially from Sandusky’s charity:
Corbett accepted more than $25,000 from state board members of Sandusky’s charity, The Second Mile, during his gubernatorial campaign last year. On top of that, he accepted thousands more from the charity’s regional board members, according to Pennsylvania Department of State campaign contributions website.
His openness to the charity’s board members’ contributions to his campaign didn’t stop there. Corbett also allowed S&A Homes president and CEO Robert Poole, who chaired Second Mile’s board, to hold a small fundraiser for him at Poole’s home in January 2010.
Following Corbett’s election as Governor, he “re-released” a $3 million state grant to The Second Mile as part of the charity’s effort to erect a building meticulously-planned by Sandusky himself - with Poole’s company handling the construction. The release of the state funds came four months before Sandusky was arrested on dozens of child sexual abuse charges stemming from Corbett’s own investigation as then-Attorney General.
After the background of the grant was exposed to the public, Corbett pulled the state funding.
From the month he learned of the Sandusky allegations to the day he took office as Governor, Corbett’s Attorney General office issued 42 press releases touting hundreds of arrests by the Corbett-commissioned “Child Sexual Predator Unit” and “Child Exploitation Task Force.” (March, 2009 to Jan. 18, 2011.)
But Sandusky’s case was never assigned to either detail by Attorney General Corbett, even after Mike McQueary told a Pennsylvania Grand Jury of the alleged shower rape of a child by Sandusky in December, 2010, and the first-hand revelations about Sandusky showering with children from two police detectives contained in a 130-page, 1998 Penn State Police Dept. report.
Two weeks after Corbett left office as Attorney General, in late January, acting Attorney General Bill Ryan assigned four more state troopers to the Sandusky case and three agents from the state’s attorney general office, with the latter empowering investigators to bring charges against Sandusky.
10 months later, Sandusky was in handcuffs and the Penn State Board of Trustees was contemplating the fate of Joe Paterno.
Of the November 9, 2011, Penn State Board of Trustees meeting that resulted in Paterno’s ouster, Sara Ganim of the HARRISBURG PATRIOT-NEWS reported it was Governor Corbett who had the last word before a vote was taken to determine the Penn State legend’s fate:
Moments before Penn State’s board of trustees voted to fire Joe Paterno, Gov. Tom Corbett uttered a final thought.
“Remember that little boy in the shower,” Corbett said via speakerphone, acting in his role on the 32-member board.
It was the last thing the board members heard before being asked if anyone objected to relieving Paterno of a coaching job he’d held for 61 years.
With that, Paterno was fired Nov. 9 in a late-night move that led to student riots in State College and boiling animosity toward the board by alumni.
Appearing on FOX News Sunday four days later, Corbett said:
“In my opinion, when you don’t follow through, when you don’t continue on to make sure actions are taken then I lose confidence in your ability to lead.“
After learning of Paterno’s death on Sunday, Corbett released a statement which read, in part:
“As both man and coach, Joe Paterno confronted adversities, both past and present, with grace and forbearance.”
“Forbearance” as defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “a refraining from the enforcement of something (as a debt, right, or obligation) that is due.”
http://www.sportsbybrooks.com/gov-buries-paterno-to-distract-from-own-inaction-29961Current Pennslyvania Governor Tom Corbett officially learned of allegations of child... more
•Missing prosecutor didn't charge Sandusky after 1998 report
•DA Ray Gricar went for a drive in 2005 and was never seen again
•Gricar's state computer was found in river, too damaged to read
I spoke with Detective Matthew Rickard, who has been leading the investigation into the 2005 disappearance of the elected District Attorney of Center County Pennsylvania, Ray Gricar.
In 1998, Gricar decided not to pursue charges after the mother of a young man reported to Penn State Police that her son had been inappropriately touched by Jerry Sandusky as they showered together in the Penn State locker room.
Rickard tells me he is currently working to see if there could be any possible link between Gricar’s disappearance and the currently charged activity against Penn State athletic officials, but says there has been nothing to suggest Gricar -- who is still missing -- had knowledge of any of the other alleged activities.
Read: Shocking details from the Penn State grand jury report
Although the conspiracy theories are being pushed forward, Rickard tells me, from knowing Gricar himself, and the type of prosecutor he was, there must not have been the evidence to prosecute Sandusky back in 1998. Rickard admits that is speculation on his part, and is in the midst of finding out more information on Gricar’s investigation of Sandusky back in 1998.
In April, 2005 Gricar disappeared from the District Attorney’s office never to be seen again. He called his girlfriend and said he was going to take a leisurely drive that afternoon. His abandoned car was found near an antiques store in Lewisberg, Pennsylvania. His computer was found later in the Susquehanna River, but the hard drive had been taken out. Months later when the river banks receded, the hard drive was found about 100 yards from where the computer had been located. It was determined by investigators that the hard drive had been intentionally removed from the computer and repeated tests, including one done by the FBI, could not retrieve any data. The hard drive was too damaged.http://www.hlntv.com/article/2011/11/10/sadusky-case-and-missing-da-investigation... more