PHILADELPHIA - (AP) - Former FBI director Louis Freeh is promisinga thorough, independent investigation into policies and activitiesat Penn State that relate to the child sex-abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Freeh said Monday that his investigation will go beyond thetimeframe laid out in a grand jury report released earlier thismonth. The report alleges a series of sexual assaults by Sandusky,some on Penn State's campus.

Freeh vowed to investigate activities stretching back to themid-1970s.

Retired Air Force Col. and astronaut Guion Bluford will be partof the investigation. Bluford is a 1964 Penn State graduate.

Sandusky has denied sexual contact with children butacknowledged showering with boys and embracing them.

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