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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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136.

Donna, Pittsburgh, PA    

And I quess Paterno would have denied knowing what happened to District Attorney Ray Gricar when the Sandusky allegations came to light!!!!

652 days ago
137.

idk22    

When is the PSU trustees and then AG, current Gov. Tom Corbett going to take responsibility for their failure to do anything? Sure, Paterno could have called the cops (he acknowledged it, after all that public fire storm) so could McQueary, but really, these people weren't even there for any of the related incidents, so their knowledge is very limited too.

652 days ago
138.

Jennifer    

Joe checked out right at the right time. When things started to get heated around Penn state. So sad he helped to cover up one of the most atrocious things someone could do to a child. Pathetic!!!

652 days ago
139.

idk22    

Its also amusing to see how people love to use these ex post facto like information to hate paterno even more, even though everybody is completely clueless to what exactly happened and to what is actually known at the time

652 days ago
140.

Judi    

The Paterno family needs to be quiet. They are in denial. It is disgusting that football was more important then the raping of boys. Shame on all of those who looked the other way.
Please take the Joe Paterno statue down right away.
They all should be charged.
Those students that are at Penn State that acted bad when Joe Paterno was fired need to rethink their opinion of Joe Paterno now.

651 days ago
141.

maddox    

what a disgrace! besides criminal charges for all involved, how about NCAA sanctions!

651 days ago
142.

Donna, Pittsburgh, PA    

Paterno is just as guilty! The next investigation should be how the Sandusky case is related to the missing District Attorney whom has never been found when the cover up initial began!!!

651 days ago
143.

Rob Mason    

They should go to the cemetary and dig up Joe Pa's body and put it in jail.

651 days ago
144.

Marie    

Joe Paterno is burning in hell right now because God does not allow pedophile enablers in Heaven.

651 days ago
145.

steve z    

Pig,His whole family,Wife ,mother father,ECT>>>ECT>>

651 days ago
146.

Shasta    

How is this independent, when the Board of Trustees hired the group to do the investigation??? Hmm ...

651 days ago
147.

sal    

Doesn't surprise me that Paterno kept it under wraps - that s***bag got off too easy with a quick death. I hope his estate gets divided among the victims through litigation and his cronies spend some time behind bars.

651 days ago
148.

Jack Peter    

The staff at PSU - anyone not already in jail or dead-- should be jailed. Do not make the current football program take the hit.

651 days ago
149.

LindyLou    

I hope Sandusky gets the old barbed wire rape trick pulled on him in prison. He deserves no less!

651 days ago
150.

Donald Gessling    

May Paterno's legacy be forever tainted

651 days ago
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