The Freeh report compared with Paterno's previous statements on 1998, 2001 complaints

  • Article by: THE ASSOCIATED PRESS , Associated Press
  • Updated: July 13, 2012 - 1:56 AM

Statements by and about Joe Paterno regarding Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of children:

1998 SHOWER COMPLAINT, ACCORDING TO PATERNO

In January 2011, Paterno testified before a Pennsylvania grand jury about whether he knew of inappropriate conduct by Sandusky with young boys, beyond a 2001 shower incident reported to him by his assistant coach Mike McQueary. His answer to the grand jury: "I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it."

Weeks before his death in January, The Washington Post asked Paterno whether he knew of a 1998 investigation triggered when a woman complained Sandusky had showered with her son. Paterno replied: "It wasn't like it was something everybody in the building knew about. Nobody knew about it."

1998 SHOWER COMPLAINT, ACCORDING TO THE FREEH REPORT

Tim Curley and Gary Schultz exchanged emails in May 1998. One, with the subject line "Joe Paterno," read: "I have touched base with the coach. Keep us posted." Another read: "Anything new in this department? Coach is anxious to know where it stands."

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2001 MCQUEARY REPORT, ACCORDING TO PATERNO

Before the grand jury, Paterno was asked if the 2001 McQueary report was relayed to any other university officials. His response: "No, because I figured that Tim would handle it appropriately. ... I thought he would look into it and handle it appropriately."

After his death, the Paterno family issued a written statement by Paterno that said he contacted Curley the day after speaking to McQueary. The statement read: "That was the last time the matter was brought to my attention until this investigation and I assumed that the men I referred it to handled the matter appropriately."

In January, shortly before died, the Post asked Paterno why didn't follow up more aggressively in 2001. Paterno said: "I didn't know exactly how to handle it and I was afraid to do something that might jeopardize what the university procedure was. So I backed away and turned it over to some other people, people I thought would have a little more expertise than I did."

2001 MCQUEARY REPORT, ACCORDING TO THE FREEH REPORT

Curley wrote an email to Schultz on Feb. 27, 2001, discussing contacting authorities. Curley wrote: "After giving it more thought and talking it over with Joe yesterday — I am uncomfortable with what we agreed were the next steps."

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