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The results of an internal review of Jerry Sandusky's child sex abuse scandal will be released on Thursday. Former FBI Director Louis Freeh made an announcement earlier this week that the results of the review, which was commissioned by the Penn State board of trustees, would be made public today.
The university's board of trustees hired Freeh in November when the news of Sandusky's alleged abuse was made public. Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts of child sex abuse by a jury just last month.
The announcement of the review will come just a day after former university president Graham Spanier's attorneys came out to claim he was never informed about an incident of child sexual abuse involving the former assistant football coach.
The lawyer's for the former university president explained on Tuesday that Spanier was interviewed by investigators connected to the internal review. In particular the review is attempting to review how the university conducted itself after football assistant Michael McQueary reported an incident of abuse involving Sandusky in 2001.
In a written statement, Spanier's attorneys said, "At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues."
Various media reports have claimed that Freeh's internal investigation had previously found emails from the university's database that proved Spanier was made aware of the issue, and that the university did not respond by reporting the incident to the authorities for a proper criminal investigation.
Spanier has never been charged with any crime related to Sandusky's child abuse, but he was forced to step down from the university last year, along with Penn State's famous football coach Joe Paterno, in the fallout of the allegations being made public.