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Paterno’s Son Denies Father Covered Up Sex Abuse, Says Family Planning Response To Freeh Report

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SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno’s son denies the late coach took part in a cover-up of child sex abuse, saying his father never attempted to conceal reports of abuse by longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky.

Scott Paterno says the family is planning more lengthy response later to the internal investigation report released Thursday by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

The family also released a statement in which it said Sandusky was a “great deceiver” who fooled Paterno and administrators alike.

Freeh’s investigation found Paterno knew about reports of abuse in 1998 and 2001 but concealed that information along with other high-ranking school officials to avoid bad publicity.

Scott Paterno disputed that assertion, saying the family’s reading of the report is there’s no evidence his father was part of a cover up.

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