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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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31.

RaineeDrops    

Awful how these adults failed those children, and it is upsetting that Paterno was one of them who covered it up, had someone spoke out and went to the authorities, just think of how many boys could have been saved from the sexual abuse and harm from Sandusky.

Had some of these adults stepped up, they could have saved a lot of innocent boys from going through a life of hell and confusion and hurt.

Shame on all of the adults, the college, and any who knew, but who did nothing.

812 days ago
32.

RaineeDrops    

The statue should be removed, he is no hero, he let boys be sexually abused.

812 days ago
33.

greatneck    

Paterno is exactly where it belongs, dead as a garbage in a landfill....

812 days ago
34.

marymac    

How dare they not protect kids. Sick pucks, hope they all end up in prison

812 days ago
35.

zzyzx    

WE ARE!...PEDO STATE!!

812 days ago
36.

Bob    

woooooooooooooow thats is crazy

812 days ago
37.

mikka    

ROTT IN HELL paterno ... funny your last name in spanish means "father" ... i wonder if the old bastard of PATERNO DIDNT LIKE TO RAPE KIDS TOO ...

812 days ago
38.

Chase    

In my gut, I knew this is what the report was going to say. I've not had one good word to say about Paterno since this whole story broke, and I'm glad the truth is coming out for those poor victims.

812 days ago
39.

John F    

TMZ -- please do some research before blindly repeating the contents of a very biased political hack job. Have someone on your staff read this analysis of why this report says what it does:

http://tominpaine.blogspot.com/2012/07/penn-state-trustees-hoping-report-will.html

812 days ago
40.

Bubbles The Chimp    

Paterno is in hell where he belongs. Vile human who put football over kids. His quick death was fitting.

812 days ago
41.

2idiots    

PSU should be stripped of it's accreditation and those involved should face charges. Dottie Sandusky also needs to be brought to justice.

812 days ago
42.

RaineeDrops    

How many boys were sexually abused, molested or raped from the time that Paterno and other officials were aware of Sandusky sexually abusing young boys?

HOW MANY BOYS COULD HAVE BEEN SAVED FROM THIS MONSTER FROM THE DATE IT WAS BROUGHT TO THE COLLEGE OFFICIAL'S ATTENTION TO WHEN HE WAS ARRESTED?

How many could have been saved from sexual abuse?

812 days ago
43.

david    

well its official JoPa is a piece of $hit...i would kill any man for thinking about doing that mess to one of my children...both Sandusky and Paterno are both garbage...i dont want to hear somebody say "you dont know Joe he was a good man"...BS Paterno was a pile of garbage and Sandusky is even worse.

812 days ago
44.

RaineeDrops    

Every single official involved in covering this up, should be tried and sent to prison too!

812 days ago
45.

RaineeDrops    

To: any and all officials who knew and were aware but did nothing


How would you have felt if it happened to your son, your nephew, your family member? How would you have felt if adults remained silent and did nothing to help your child or little brother from being sexually abused?

Do you not see that in covering it up, in not doing anything to help or prevent others in the future from being molested, sexually abused or raped by Sandusky, that you participated in the sexual abuse? You are just as guilty for knowing but doing nothing.

812 days ago
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