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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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bearforce1    

Penn State shuld hand back any trophies won diuring this period because they were won at the expense of children being raped.

I am so pleased to hear others have such violent reaction to this. I cannot think of a greater more harmful crime. Graham Spanier and those that knew are responsible for the absolute fear and misery of those children being raped. How did and can they sleep at night. Those poor poor children I just really can't imagine the terrible hurt they must have felt.

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122.

swaogasgo    

so it goes with america, everyone from the gov't on down is hiding their corruption, living in denial to keep the big $$$$ coming in......thats what the cover up is about, their salaries, pensions, health insurance and other ridiculous entitlements. win games any cost, get more money for us, and if you pardon the experession 'screw the kids'.....that our country in 2012
politicians are not better of any stripe

800 days ago
123.

Tony     

Does Aston Kutcher still want to defend his disgusting idol Joe Paterno? Where are his tweets about this report?

800 days ago
124.

Matty    

Paterno died just in time - he couldn't go to jail. Funny huh?

800 days ago
125.

comeonman    

pen state will now be the metaphor for when a program cares more about money and sucesss than the good of humanity.

800 days ago
126.

anonymous    

These four men all equal what number 1 said. It makes me sick. I hope the victims get closure somehow. I don't think money will give them closure, but it will help with their therapy bills for sure. God bless the victims.

800 days ago
127.

bubblezzz    

Nasty dead s***baggggg!!! Anything for fame and money for that school "STATE PENN!" It's sad innocent children suffered all in the name of football...Wasn't even Pro! Sorry Bastard may you rest in hell!

800 days ago
128.

Fitzie    

Absolutely mortifying .. horrific .. no protection for children .. devastating.

800 days ago
129.

ManiacalZebra    

I think it's just criminal that so many put the reputation of the football program and the university above the safety of a child.

800 days ago
130.

zoolady    

Even though Paterno is dead and Sandusky is in prison, the pain that the victims experience won't go away for a long, long time. My heart goes out to them and abused children everywhere.

800 days ago
131.

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!!!!

800 days ago
132.

TNT    

I hope all you Paterno apologists go crawl in the hole that that piece of s*** is buried in. I guess the PA in JoePA stood for Pedophile Allower. Shame on you all!

800 days ago
133.

Stacy Stowe    

Sandusky should "spend the rest of his disgusting life rotting away in prison". Finally a reporter who tells it the way it is! As for all those who tried to cover it up, I hope they all spend the rest of their disgusting lives rotting away in prison, where they will ideally run into a big ole flabby bubba who will make sure there is poetic justice!

800 days ago
134.

Carl    

This is sad. I really thought that people were keeping Joe largely in the dark about what Jerry was doing, so I felt sorry for him. This report wipes away any sympathy I had for Joe.

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135.

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!!!!

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