The more I think about this, the more I think there's still much more to the story. This was a bit of refreshing honesty from an alum of the college (I'm quoting the article itself is longer):
What the Freeh Report Does—and Does Not—Tell Us About Child Sexual Abuse at Penn State
As scathing as the Freeh Report is, its scope is also relatively narrow. It is limited to the years that the public already knew about: 1998 to the present. The grand jury report that led to the trial of Sandusky, at which he was convicted on 45 of 48 charges for child sex abuse, covered these years alone. But we know from both the Sandusky grand jury report and the evidence that came out at trial that the elements of Sandusky’s victimization of children were in place well before 1998.
Sandusky started coaching at Penn State in 1969. His charity, The Second Mile, from which he plucked boys who were in precarious family situations, was established in 1977. One victim after another testified at Sandusky’s trial how they had been identified through the Second Mile, and then groomed, and ultimately abused by Sandusky. Freeh knew all of this, which is confirmed in the Report. And yet the Report is conspicuously silent on the years of 1977-1997, making no findings and drawing no conclusions regarding Sandusky, and his involvement with children on campus or otherwise.
Nor is there mention in the Freeh Report of The Second Mile’s activities on the campuses of Penn State, or its involvement with the football program, from 1977 to 1995. The Report does establish that Penn State changed its policies regarding children on campus several times. In 1992, Penn State adopted a new policy regarding “minors involved in University-sponsored programs or youth programs held at the University or housed in University facilities,” which is telling. Furthermore, that new policy was revised several times, and was conspicuously revised yet again in April 2012, to include the phrase “at all geographic locations.”
Freeh also knew, through the criminal trial of Sandusky, that the modus operandi that had occurred at Penn State had continually repeated itself. Why would Freeh’s team think that Sandusky suddenly started behaving this way 30 years after he started working for Penn State? I sincerely doubt that the team did. After all, Kenneth Lanning—who was the FBI’s premier child sex abuse expert for 30 years, including when Freeh was Director—documented that abusers typically have many victims, over many years, and abuse over the course of their lives.
Moreover, Freeh also must have known, when he took on the task of researching and completing his Report, about the well-documented patterns abuse in the Roman Catholic Church, the ultra-Orthodox and Orthodox Jewish faith, the Boy Scouts, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints—not to mention in the Fundamentalist LDS—the Citadel, Syracuse University, and many other institutions. Surely, he put two and two together to conclude that 1998 did not initiate Sandusky’s reign of abuse. Therefore, perhaps the fault for the limited scope of the report should be laid at Penn State’s feet.
In the end, the Freeh Report interprets the data available to date, and tells the story that was already emerging through the criminal justice system. It was important for that story to be told in the way that Freeh told it, bluntly and unforgivingly. But that still leaves a grave and important question to pose to Penn State, my alma mater: What happened between 1969 and 1998?