Nov 19, 10:52 PM EST

Penn State trustees get access to abuse scandal report files

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- A group of Penn State trustees has won long-sought access to information from a university-commissioned report about the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Judge Daniel Howsare on Thursday gave the seven allied trustees access to source material used to produce the 2012 report by ex-FBI director Louis Freeh (LOO'-ee free).

The report was issued after Sandusky was convicted of child sexual abuse. It concluded top Penn State officials concealed Sandusky's abuse to shield the university from bad publicity.

The trustees argued they couldn't act on issues facing the university while being denied access to Freeh's files.

The judge's order says the demand for the records is legitimately tied to trustees' role in managing university affairs.

The university administration praises the decision's approach to confidentiality of the names of people Freeh's team interviewed.

Sandusky maintains his innocence.

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