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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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46.

parlayer    

come on joe and all other child molesters!! what do those little children have but there childhood and your choice is to send them to hell. rot in jail.

782 days ago
47.

RaineeDrops    

Anyone with morals would do the right thing and have reported the sexual abuse to authorities. Anyone who ever remains silent or tries to cover up child sexual abuse, also aided in victimizing these boys.

I am sick by adults who try to cover up child sexual abuse, or try to make the victims stay silenced or feel ashamed into silence. Those kind of adults are sick and I hope there is a place in hell for people like that. How could you live with yourself?

782 days ago
48.

bearforce1    

Its just all so wrong, I could scream. All this for football. Fk football. FcK Penn State.

782 days ago
49.

roadrunner94    

To the officials who were aware:

How could you live with yourselves knowing that Sandusky was doing this to innocent children? How could you not want to stop that from happening anymore? Do you not have any morals? What if this had been your child would you have said something then?

782 days ago
50.

Bubbles The Chimp    

The last nail in PSU's coffin has been placed.

Close the entire school immediately.

782 days ago
51.

ray    

is ANYONE surprised??

782 days ago
52.

becki814    

I am so disgusted that the man I grew up believing to be one of the greatest men of our time is actually capable of covering child rape in the name of avoiding bad publicity. Un-effing-believable. I dare someone from PSU to call my husband for an alumni donation...

782 days ago
53.

pzzytat    

Making no excuses for Paterno...but it certainly is significant to blame the dead guy.

782 days ago
54.

EastCoastChopper    

Isn't that Louis Freeh cat the same guy who burned all those babies at Waco? And the same dude who made Ruby Ridge the landmark of federal murder?

I think so...

782 days ago
55.

rgg    

I am so happy to see the responses here in support of those that were hurt by this disgusting person and those that allowed it to happen. I was raped by a "friend of the family" more than 30 years ago when i was 11 years old and can tell you that the event plays in my mind every time i hear or read about what went on at that University.
My heart breaks for those that were hurt knowing that like me, the disgust of the event will NEVER go away.

782 days ago
56.

LisaL    

Well... hopefully Paterno is now rotting in hell for his part in this.

782 days ago
57.

John F    

Shame on you TMZ.

This is not a report, it is a press release from the trustees and the governor who want to shift blame away from themselves.

If TMZ had journalists on their staff they would not just print a press release without checking behind the story.

This may be TMZ's lowest point.

782 days ago
58.

buzz kill    

The only just way to deal with these sick mother fu*kers is to hang them in public as an example to others who would even think of commiting such a vile act.

782 days ago
59.

cari    

Ok,Really like people already did not know this,may all the children and their parents get every dollar they deserve,from this so called Great School and everyone else that turned their head and looked the other way while all this was going on.May they all meet in hell.

782 days ago
60.

WatcherOne    

It is making me sick to even look at his face.

782 days ago
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