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Joe Paterno

Report Finds Paterno

Aided Sandusky Cover-Up

7/12/2012 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Joe Paterno participated in a 13-year conspiracy to hide Jerry Sandusky's sexual crimes against children from authorities ...  so says a new report issued by investigators connected to the Sandusky case.

The Freeh Group --an independent investigative task force hired by the Penn State University Board of Trustees -- released its report moments ago ... and according to investigators, Paterno, along with the most senior leaders of PSU, "failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade."

In fact, the Freeh report concludes ... Paterno ... along with PSU president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz "repeatedly concealed critical facts" in order to prevent bad publicity for the school.

According to the report, Paterno knew about allegations concerning Sandusky since at least March of 1998 ... but failed to take any action to prevent Sandusky from having contact with young children.

"They showed no concern about the victim," the report reads.

"At the very least, Mr Paterno could have alerted the entire football staff, in order to prevent Sandusky from bringing another child into the Lasch Building."

The report says Paterno failed to take immediate action after Mike McQueary told him about Sandusky raping a boy in the gym shower in Feb. 2001 because Paterno "did not want to interfere with people's weekend."

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The Freeh report classifies PSU's non-action as "catastrophic failures."

Just last month, Sandusky was found guilty of 45 counts of child sexual abuse ... and will most likely spend the rest of his disgusting life rotting away in prison.

Joe Paterno died back in January at the age of 85.

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TMZwrong    

Paterno = cowardly self-centered arrogant egomaniac. GLAD HE'S DEAD

745 days ago
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robert    

Weeniegate!!!!!!!

745 days ago
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Futtbucked    

If Paterno truly is guilty of this, I hope PSU does the right thing and strip any award he was ever given or any acclaims he might have received. I hope, too, that no one pisses all over his grave

745 days ago
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Firefly    

I guess the school not wanting bad publicity was more important than children getting raped? Everyone of those people involved, whether they just heard about it or saw it should be brought up on charges for not reporting it. If it had been their child they would be singing a different tune. I hope they fry Sandusky's azz, better yet give his azz to Bubba and let Bubba show him how the kids felt.

745 days ago
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Kari    

So..football and image over children being raped.

745 days ago
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Kari    

So..football and image over children being raped.

745 days ago
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Mary Ann McQueen    

Paterno is better off dead...but the others who are still alive should be in prison right next to Sandusky...

745 days ago
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Jay W.     

They wanted to "prevent bad publicity for the school...?"

S***bags...

745 days ago
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Jordan    

Joe Paterno had too much to loose not to cover it up. Now i think Penn State should take down his statue and show that he is the a dirtbag just like his friend sandusky.

745 days ago
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roll3567    

Somehow I think the PSU kool-aid drinkers will still find a way to support paterno. Go ahead alumni donate your money. I guess winning football games and the money it generates is more important then who gets harmed. Hope those two national championships 25+ years ago are worth it.
Imagine your a parent spending $35k a year to send your kid to this cap factory.

745 days ago
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Rude Boy    

It wasn't just Paterno who was guilty.

745 days ago
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bearforce1    

Just unbelievable. How selfish can people be allowing children to be raped to keep the good name of Penn State university. Penn Sate will forever be known as the university that preferred to keep up appearances at the expense of children being raped for over a decade. Bastards. I hope those administrators Graham Spanier et al are charged criminally and sued civilly.

745 days ago
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rosebud    

Sick bastards.

745 days ago
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david 183    

That school sucksssssss

745 days ago
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Jack    

Paterno's widow should return the $13 million dollar pension. Paterno has proven himself to be garbage.

745 days ago
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