Altered E-mail Found in Freeh Report Contains Damaging Info about 1998 DPW Investigation

Insider(s) leave trail of evidence suggesting Freeh, PSU, and PA covering for DPW’s failure

Part I: The Insider
Louis Freeh’s Special Investigative Counsel’s (SIC) diverse “membership included men and women with extensive legal, law enforcement and child protection backgrounds who were experienced in conducting independent, complex, and unbiased investigations.” Apparently one of these individuals chose to be more unbiased than the rest of the group. This individual took advantage of Freeh’s lack of knowledge and experience with e-mail and PSU’s agreement not to review the document before publication, to alter e-mails, insert evidence Exhibits and text at or near the last editorial review of the report that points the finger at DPW for dropping the ball in 1998 and how PSU officials (beyond the four identified) were complicit in covering for DPW. The most damaging evidence includes: • • A DPW e-mail on 13 May 1998, just 10 days into the investigation, informing PSU that they wanted to “resolve the matter quickly.” (Exhibit 2B) Exhibits 2H and 2I, indicating 14 signs of suspected child abuse that were uncovered on the first two days of the investigation and turned over to DPW on May 5th. This exhibit also contained the first name of the other child and the name of the apartments in which he lived. Tom Harmon providing an update to Gary Schultz in which he expresses concern over DPW’s role in the investigation due to a conflict of interest with Second Mile. (Page 49) Exhibit 6A, an affidavit from former PSU Counsel, Cynthia Baldwin, who does not identify DPW as having a role in the 1998 investigation, yet reviewed the 1998 University Park Police Report that clearly identified DPW and Lauro. Baldwin may have violated the law.

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The clues left behind by the insiders included: the odd numbering scheme of Appendix A that was ordered 2, 3, 5, 6, and 10; footnotes referencing the exhibits were out of sequence, the turning the pages in Exhibit 2H and 2I on their sides; and including exhibits that served no useful purpose. All but the last could be attributed to sloppy work – but you don’t pay $6.5M for sloppiness. This is sabotage from within Freeh’s SIC.

Part II: Computers don’t lie, people do.
On page 11 of the Freeh Report it states: The University Staff provided a large volume of raw data from computer systems, individual computers and communication devices. The Special Investigative Counsel performed forensic analysis of this raw data independent of the University Staff. Sounds great in theory, but didn’t work so well in practice. Below is a screen shot of Exhibit 2B from the Freeh Report. I have added two arrows, each labeled “A” pointing out the date stamps that are out of order. Chronology of e-mail either flows up the page or down

the page. If you go to Exhibit 2C (farther down the page) of the Freeh Report, you’ll see a more correct, but not complete, flow of e-mail between Curley and Schultz regarding the updates. Conclusion A: Exhibit 2B is not raw data and has been altered. It is also a signal that other e-mail evidence may have been altered.

The more critical piece of evidence is at “B,” which states that DPW has decided to resolve this quickly. This e-mail was sent just days after the DPW brought in an unlicensed counselor, John Seasock, to conduct a psychiatric evaluation of the child (Victim 6) and three weeks before the DPW interviewed Sandusky. The conclusion that this e-mail is the work of an “insider” is drawn from the fact that the footnote referencing it as the source to the passage “coach is anxious to know where it stands.” Exhibit 2C, below, could have been used to source the information about “coach is anxious” because it provides a more correct, but not complete, chain of correspondence between Curley and Schultz. Conclusion B: Exhibit 2B serves the purpose of leaking damaging information about DPW (that Freeh attempted to conceal) and the undermines the veracity of the Freeh Report.

Part III: “Landscape” Marker Contains Signs of Abuse/Child’s Name
The other evidence that the insider(s) placed to get the reader’s attention are Exhibits 2H and 2I that were place in “landscape” format in Appendix 2. The remainder are in “portrait” layout or as you would routinely read a page of a book. Mostly, people flip through an appendix if they read it at all, therefore the “landscape” layout was there to make the reader stop and look. While the handwriting is difficult to read (translated here), it ends up that 14 signs of abuse, plus the first name of the other child are revealed on those pages. The information in those pages was revealed to DPW investigator, Jerry Lauro, when he took over the case from John Miller of CYS. Conclusion: DPW had information relating to the abuse of two children and that other children were involved with Sandusky. DPW’s Lauro never interviewed any of these children.

Part IV: Tom Harmon’s Concern about DPW and Second Mile
In 1998, Penn State Director of Public Safety, Tom Harmon had the role of relaying information from Detective Schreffler to Gary Schultz. What went up the flagpole to Schultz is likely not the full and complete accounting of the facts, but what Harmon thought Schultz needed to know about the investigation of Sandusky. One of the things Harmon relayed to Schultz was his concern about DPW’s role in the investigation and a potential conflict of interest with Second Mile.

"Harmon continued to provide Schultz with information about DPW's role and their potential conflict of interest with the Second Mile."Harmon provided an update to Schultz on May 8, 1998 reporting that Lauro "indicated that it was his intent to have a psychologist who specializes in child abuse interview the children. This is expected to occur in the next week to week and a half. I don't anticipate anything to be done until that happens."
According to the Freeh Report (page) it was the local CYS that had the conflict of interest with Second Mile.

In reality, both CYS and DPW had conflict of interest issues with Second Mile. Both were receiving services that reduced the burden on state and local tax coffers. But the reason Lauro was assigned to the case was because DPW was responding to the Child Abuse Hotline Call from Dr. Alycia Chambers.

Hotlines and customer service lines all work the same. You call, get a number, and someone resolves the problem. Jerry Lauro was assigned to take care of the incident – it was that simple. Freeh’s group twists and contorts the facts about Alycia Chambers’ report. On May 4th, 1998, Chambers interviewed the mother of Victim 6 and her child, who she had been seeing for some time before the incident. Chambers knew that Victim 6 was not a foster child. Freeh has made this up this foster child story out of whole cloth. Conclusion: Freeh’s assertion of why Lauro was assigned is FALSE, the referral story is FALSE, and Freeh fails to mention DPW’s conflict of interest issue with Second Mile.

Part V: Are PSU and State Covering for DPW?
Detective Ronald Schreffler compiled the police report in chronological order of events and in meticulous detail. The first eight pages are numbered, 1 of 8, 2 of 8, and so on, up to 8, but after that the pages are not numbered, with the exception of two pages relating to one of the stings set up for Sandusky. 0rder of paragraphs changed. Careful examination of the police report, reveals that it too was altered. More specifically, several dates and times appear to be out of sequence in the timeline of events surrounding Jerry Lauro’s arrangement of the interview of the “psychologist” who would evaluate the child now known as Victim 6. The cant of the minutes :57 and :55, as well as the 5 at the solid arrow indicate that they were cut and pasted into position off a hard copy, then re-imaged (scanned to a pdf). Finally, the time of Schreffler’s pick-up of the psychiatric report from Alycia Chambers was does not fit chronologically.

It’s clear that the police report was altered by someone. And it’s clear that Freeh’s group didn’t look at this report closely or ask any questions about its veracity. Document fraud is a crime and this requires an official investigation.

Who altered it?
On January 3rd, 2011, University Park Police officials provided the Pennsylvania State Police with a copy of the 1998 police report. Upon learning of this, former PSU Counsel, Cynthia Baldwin also requested and reviewed a copy of the police report, which includes details of the roles of CYS, DPW, the University Police and the District Attorney’s office. Baldwin who previously came under fire earlier for her dual representation of PSU and defendants Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, was asked to brief the PSU Board of Trustees in May 2011. Baldwin’s affidavit of January 16, 2012 (Exhibit 6A) states the many things she briefed to the BOT, but the affidavit completely omits that DPW had a role in the 1998 investigation (a role clearly shown in the police report).

Conclusion: The alterations of the police report make it appear that DPW/Lauro had the lead role in the case and were advising the DA’s office on how to proceed. The chronology of the changes do not flow logically, however, and demand further investigation.

Did PSU and Paterno get railroaded? You bet.
The evidence leaked in the report by insider, and other evidence omitted, such as the police report and Chambers psychology report, are indications that Louis Freeh’s group started an investigation with two predetermined conclusions (by design): 1) Find what PSU officials did wrong in responding to child abuse allegations by Sandusky, and make sure everyone knows about it; 2) Ignore what everyone else did wrong, even if it what they did was worse than PSU, and do your best to make sure no one knows about it. It is clear to anyone who has taken the time to fully examine the evidence in this case, that DPW could have and should have stopped Sandusky in 1998. If DPW had done so, there would have been no 2001 shower incident for Mike McQueary to see and describe to Joe Paterno. Obviously, Spanier, Schultz, and Curley would not have been involved either. It is apparent that Penn State officials and Paterno got railroaded to cover up for DPWs failure in 1998. It also appears that some of the operators of this railroad include PSU Counsel Cynthia Baldwin and PSU Special Task Force, who hired Freeh, and its co-chairs Kenneth Frazier and Ronald J. Tomalis, among others. Tomalis is currently the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education.