The FactFreeh Fiction contains several examples of the most egregious stretching of slim "evidence" to construct absurd conclusions that Joe Paterno and PSU were culpable in covering up for Jerry Sandusky.
One of the most incredible descriptions of that can be found in Freeh on page 49 in this Freeh pdf and find the 2nd and 3rd paragraphs .
" 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." " As the investigation progressed, Curley made several requests to Schultz for updates. On May 13, 1998 at 2:21 p.m., Curley emailed Schultz a message captioned "Jerry" and asked, "Anything new in this department? Coach is anxious to know where it stands?" Schultz forwarded Curley's note to Harmon who provided an email update that Schultz then forwarded to Curley.The reference to Coach is believed to be Paterno ."
This p 49 section is indicative or the obscene stretches made by Freeh. Here Freeh references:
1) DPW's potential 'conflict of interest' with TSM but on p 43 it's CYS with the conflict.
2) Freeh indicates it is Lauro's intent to have a Psychologist who specialize in child abuse but it ends up an unlicensed counselor from CYS - John Seasock. When in fact it is Lauro who in the Police Report first accepts DA Arnold's request through Schreffler to delay the interview and then calls back saying "My supervisor instructed me to go ahead with the interview?
3) Freeh says Curley made "several" requests for updates when in fact he made exactly 3 including the "anything new coach is anxious" request. Freeh puts these exhibits first in his appendix with 3 chains of these emails making it appear there are 8 requests when in fact it is 3 requests repeated in the same email chains. These 3 requests for "any update" are May 13, 18 and 30th or 3 times that month Curley asks "any update"? Why not just say Three?
4) Freeh says the message is c aptioned "Jerry" he then says incongruously that " coach is believed to be Paterno" . Tim Curley usually refers to Paterno as "JOE" in other email. It's difficult to fathom how this statement could possibly be included in any serious competent document isn't it? An email captioned "JERRY" is said by Freeh to be about Paterno?
This blatant stretching of the facts to paint PSU in the worst possible way is appalling as is the failure to comment on the obvious failures of the DPW/CYS investigators.
In 1998, Penn State Director of Public Safety, Tom Harmon relayed information in Detective Schreffler' police report to Gary Schultz. What went up the flagpole to Schultz is not a full and complete accounting of the facts. Just 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.
BUT According to the Freeh Report on page 43 paragraph 2 it was the local CYS that had the conflict of interest with Second Mile.
That afternoon Schreffler contacted John Miller, a caseworker with the Centre County Children and Youth Services (CYS) about the allegation. However, there were several conflicts of interest with CYS's involvement in the case" (e.g., CYS had various contracts with Second Mile - including placement of children in a Second Mile residential program, the Second Mile's executive director had a contract with CYS to conduct children's evaluations and the referral sheet from Chambers indicated the case might involve a foster child . In light of these conflicts, the Department of Public Welfare (DPW) took over the case from CYS on May 5. DPW officials in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania took the lead because of Sandusky's high profile and assigned it to caseworker Jerry Lauro.
DPW was assigned to the case because of the Child Abuse Hotline Call from Dr. Alycia Chambers (who got a release from the mother of Victim 6). 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.