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Ex-FBI Boss to Head Penn State Inquiry

Sandusky victim driven from high school by bullying
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2011 1:49 PM CST
Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse: Louis Freeh to Head Penn State Probe
Former FBI director Louis Freeh.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – Penn State has chosen the former director of the FBI to head its investigation into Jerry Sandusky's alleged sex abuse scandal. Louis Freeh, who headed the FBI from 1993 to 2001, says the internal probe might extend back to 1975. The university has faced complaints over choosing two university trustees to oversee the investigation, the AP notes. One of them, Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier, emphasized Freeh’s independence and said even the board of trustees might be investigated.

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“No one is above scrutiny,” he said. It’s not a criminal investigation, Politico notes, though “if we find or run across any evidence of criminality, we will report that immediately,” Freeh said. Meanwhile, the fallout from the case continues: The boy who first alleged Sandusky’s sex abuse has been bullied so much he had to leave his high school, ABC News reports, prompting a response from Joe Paterno. “Coach Paterno strongly condemns harassment or bullying of any kind, and he asks anyone who truly cares about Penn State to conduct themselves honorably and with respect for others," he said in a statement. (Read more Penn State stories.)

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