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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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91.

nacho    

it sickened me that all those students were having protests against Paterno getting fired. He not only KNEW children were being raped, he hid the fact and protected the pedophile. If not dead, he would be in jail next to the sick bastard that he protected for so long. I hope his family can finally come out and apologize for this wrong doing for decades. I hope paterno made peace with his maker before he died.

798 days ago
92.

Anne    

Just the thought of how many years this was going on without anyone stepping forward has made me completely sick to my stomach.

798 days ago
93.

Sapphiegirl    

Real easy to blame someone who CAN'T defend themself. What about the others at Penn State....Paterno's superiors who ALSO DID ABSOLUTELY NOTHING TO PREVENT SANDUSKY FROM HARMING MORE CHILDREN. Don't see any of them being blamed or called accomplices. All this does is sully Paternos good name and stigmatizes his surviving family members. OF COURSE PENN STATE PAID FOR THE INVESTIGATION SO THEY HAVE TO HAVE A SCAPEGOAT TO KEEP THE SCHOOL'S REPUTATION INTACT!!!!!

798 days ago
94.

darisa    

those men need to be in jail with Sandusky. They continued to let it happen. What boggles my mind is that since this has come out, people have been giving Penn State MORE donations. Like they are proud of their school, proud of the fact that they cheered an old man on to rape a child...more than one child. They all stood by and let him do it. I hope they go to jail. All of those donations need to go to the victims. Money can't take away what happened to them but it sure help in making a better future for them. For all we know, they might believe everyone is looking and aiding to cover it up. Those victims probably believe everyone was in on it and the sad thing is, they are right. Give them the money and take it from the school. Anyone that gave the school a donation is just as twisted. These are kids that we are talking about. Matt Sandusky is probably the most twisted one of all considering his adopted dad did it to him and then he had to turn around and live with the sick pervert. Send those who helped in covering it up to JAIL. Let Sandusky give it to them up the old poop chute.

798 days ago
95.

Lily Munster    

How stupid of the staff at Penn State. If they had reported this when they first found out, yes, it would have been a scandal. But in reporting it, they would have been viewed as heroes for putting children ahead of college football and all the money that comes with it. Everyone in the country would have been impressed with the integrity of Penn State. I question how they could sleep at night wondering what Sandusky was doing to innocent children. How could they look at their own kids/ grandkids knowing what was happening in that locker room. Thinking about it now literally makes me sick to my stomach.

798 days ago
96.

CriticXtreme    

TMZ - how come you never state this perv was playing booty bandit with black kids?

798 days ago
97.

ColoradoRob    

What truely amazes me is that during that time of cover-up at Penn St. the Catholic Church was in court being sued right and left and losing for covering up for their pedophile Priest's behavior over decades of abuse. How arrogant that bunch at Penn St. had to be if they really thought they were more bullet proof than the Church, any Church.Their Football Program has to take a bullet for this. But will the NCAA have the Balls to pull the trigger?

798 days ago
98.

paigehop    

MAY PATERNO ROT IN HELL. And may all the other monsters exist in a LIVING HELL until it's their turn! Because, the way I see, it, they're just as bad as Sandusky!

Paterno's legacy is one of 'killing' innocent little boys. Sick bastard!

798 days ago
99.

paigehop    

ONE MORE THING, may the DA who did nothing, who was found dead with a submerged harddrive, rot in hell, too, because I guaran-damn-tee you he had kiddie porn on it! Evidence. No mercy for pedophiles or those that harbor and thus assit them!

798 days ago
100.

paigehop    

Dex-ter Mor-gan?????

798 days ago
101.

Ali    

Shut that dump of a University down. Close it up and start again someplace else. I hope the victims sue the crap out of PSU, and I mean sue. BIG TIME! Put them out of business. At least the old billy-goat of a coach has kicked the bucket, now the rest of them will hopefully be fired and suffer to the extent that they caused the victims to suffer. The only one who halfway did the right thing was McQueary but he should have gone in that shower and beat the living smack out of Sandusky and then, after beating him to a pulp should have immediately called the police. Bunch of dumb-jocks with football (childs playground game) on the mind.

798 days ago
102.

yes    

i will never understand how that redheaded guy who saw this demon in the shower with a kid and heard the sounds of skin slapping skin-knew what he saw -and did not have the reaction of beating the crap out of sandusky-how could your reaction not be to grab this lowlife by his neck and thrown him into the shower wall???how is it possible that you would think about everything but stopping what you are seeing??? how does that guy sleep?? how did he walk away and know nobody was doing anything about it????I will never get it.

798 days ago
103.

paigehop    

Anyone who even views kiddie porn is molesting children, btw. If it weren't for you, all those innocent little lambs wouldn't be slaughtered every minute. You, the viewer, are molesting children! Sick bastards! May YOU rot in hell, too!

798 days ago
104.

Sarah    

Actually, the very least Joe Paterno could do was nothing... which is exactly what he did. NOTHING.

798 days ago
105.

pepekale    

Paterno should be rotten in Hell permanently.

798 days ago
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