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Joe Paterno 'Should've Gone To Jail,' Writer Says

Jason Kirk of SBNation.com writes that late former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno "should've gone to jail" for his role in the coverup of child sexual abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Joe Paterno intentionally covered up multiple instances of child sex abuse, years apart, and then allowed a serial child rapist to keep bringing children to campus facilities. According to Freeh, Paterno knew about the 1998 investigation when he was told by Mike McQueary in 2001 that Sandusky had molested another child on Penn State property. Paterno all but sent it up the chain of command again, like it was regular paperwork, then apparently advised against taking it to the authorities and left it at that as Sandusky continued to feed.

The Freeh report alleges that Paterno didn't do nearly enough to stop Sandusky, and it goes beyond merely reporting the 2001 incident to his superiors and hoping they would do the right thing with it. According to Freeh, a conversation with Paterno stopped top Penn State brass from taking serious action against Sandusky. The report concludes that Paterno was part of a cover-up that prevented the 2001 shower incident from seeing the light of day.

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