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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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76.

oneopinion    

Paterno's widow should return the $13 million dollar pension. They should be given to the victims and to child abuse charities. Every penny Sandusky was ever paid should be given back for the same purpose.

811 days ago
77.

margo schwab    

disgusting....

811 days ago
78.

Ashlyn    

It's not fair that the little bastard died before he had to pay for his crimes. It takes a certain kind of s*** bag to sit back and do nothing while NUMEROUS little boys are victimized. I don't understand what is wrong with some people. Sandusky and EVERYONE involved who did nothing to help those poor little boys deserve to have their d*ck's cut off by a box cutter and then thrown in a pool of battery acid. Well, in the case of Sandusky's maggot wife... she deserves to have her tits cut off and thrown in a pool of battery acid :) Things like this NEED to be stopped. Like I said, I don't understand how anyone could hurt a beautiful little child. Sick fu*ks man.

811 days ago
79.

Laura    

To ALL you snakes reading this... that is involved in the cover-up and thinking YOU got away with something... of the molesting/rape of young boys... YOU'LL GET YOURS... YOU JUST WAIT AND SEE! (Paterno is getting his) YOU WILL BE WISHING TO GOD THAT YOU'D BE LOCKED UP FOR LIFE BECAUSE WHAT YOU'RE GONNA' GET IN THE END IS FAR WORSE THAN YOU CAN EVEN IMAGINE!! Bank on that...

811 days ago
80.

Ih8Taxes    

Rot in Hell Joe Pa.

811 days ago
81.

SSinOC    

Most people involved with the school's football would have known about it at upper levels. Sounds like they're throwing the dead guy under the bus?

811 days ago
82.

lisazthats me    

All these PA and football fanatics were sprouting about Joe Paterno and his god-like image. Being proud of a vocation is one thing and he may have been a genius when it came to the sport (as with other atheletes, actors, etc.), but your human side (personality, character, whatever you want to call it) leaves a lot to question. He helped cover this up. All these people that knew should go to jail or pay the piper. If you know about a crime in any other situation, you can be charged. Unfortunately, when money and fame/power are behind you, it gets swept under the rug until it's too late. I have no respect for any of them including Mike McCready. He keeps his job and passes the buck like he really did something. I called my daddy and told Joe Paterno. Whatever. I don't care who or what you believe in (religion or God), karma will catch up to them. All have the same result (do onto others as you would have done to yourself).

811 days ago
83.

Throwback kid    

Penn State is just like the catholic church. Paterno is burning in Hell right now. Shame on that entire institution, they knew those buys were being raped by Sandusky

811 days ago
84.

ShrinkWrap    

I can't even put into words how angry and disgusted I am. These people are demonic.

811 days ago
85.

Elle0375    

Oh, he didn't want to ruin someone's weekend? But it's OK to ruin some child's life??? He must have been involved too! All sick pedos stick together.

811 days ago
86.

chucklehead    

it all boils down to money. if the booster found out they would not give money to the football program, people would stop coming to the games. as we all know football is a moneymaker for everyone in close proximity of the school.

811 days ago
87.

Mari    

All that money that the Paterno estate is still getting from the school... MILLIONS... it should be made into scholarships!

811 days ago
88.

Chun LI    

Pathetic State University should be Bulldozed with all the other Ratbastards who helped cover this up inside.

811 days ago
89.

Kari    

As soon as this story broke, the University fired Paterno and the President of the University. They couldn't have done that unless they were sure there had been prior knowledge of this. I seriously doubt the family of Paterno and the University are surprised by this report. Let the lawsuits begin!

811 days ago
90.

Grace    

Paterno is not the man people thought he was. Anyone who does not protect children is no good. Period.

811 days ago
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