Ex-Penn St leader asked to detail defamation claim



HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The man who led Penn State’s internal probe into the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal wants the school’s former president to elaborate on claims that he was defamed during the investigation.

Ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier is suing former FBI director Louis Freeh, who led the investigation, for defamation. But he has also requested that the civil suit he filed be put on hold while he defends Sandusky-linked criminal charges.

In a motion Tuesday, Freeh says the defamation charge is clouding his reputation. He objects to Spanier’s request for a delay.

Freeh’s 2012 report concluded that Spanier, football coach Joe Paterno and other school officials failed to protect children.

Sandusky has been imprisoned for sexually abusing boys. Spanier and two others are charged in an alleged cover-up.