Spanier's lawyers dispute Freeh findings

Lawyers for former Penn State president Graham Spanier on Wednesday disputed some of the findings in the Freeh Report, the university's internal investigation into the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.

The Freeh Report, issued in July by former FBI director Louis Freeh, cited Spanier as one of the school's leaders that "concealed critical facts relating to Sandusky's child abuse from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

Spanier's attorneys held a news conference Wednesday in Philadelphia to address the issues relating to their client.

Timothy K. Lewis called Freeh a "self-anointed accuser, who, in his zeal to protect victims of wrongdoings from a monster, recklessly and without justification created victims of his own."

Lewis said Freeh's conclusions about Spanier would never hold up in a court of law.

Spanier and the late Joe Paterno were fired by Penn State last November, just days after the arrest of Sandusky.

In addition to Spanier and Paterno, the Freeh Report alleges that former athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz were part of the cover-up. Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury, while Spanier has not been charged.