A Penn State trustee heading the board's inquiry into child sex abuse allegations against a retired assistant football coach says he hopes the probe will be finished by the end of the academic year.

Kenneth Frazier heads the trustees committee that appointed former FBI director Louis Freeh to handle the internal investigation into the criminal charges against Jerry Sandusky.

The Star-Ledger newspaper of Newark, N.J., reported Wednesday that Frazier said Freeh will have as much time as he wants though Frazier hoped to have findings by the end of the academic year. Penn State's spring semester ends in mid-May.

Frazier is the chairman of pharmaceuticals giant Merck & Co. He spoke Tuesday at a talk for business leaders hosted by The Wall Street Journal.

Sandusky denies the abuse allegations.

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