STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Joe Paterno’s family strongly denies the findings of a special investigator who described the late coach as one of four high-ranking university officials who covered up child sex abuse allegations against former assistant Jerry Sandusky.
In a statement Monday, the family says they “vehemently disagree” with the conclusions reached by a team of investigators led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.READ MORE: Trial Starts Monday For Gilbert Newton III, Philadelphia Teen Accused Of Killing Ex-Girlfriend Morgan McCaffrey
Freeh’s scathing report last week said Paterno and other university officials covered up for Sandusky to avoid bad publicity. It says administrators reversed a decision to report a 2001 encounter between Sandusky and a boy after the athletic director discussed it with Paterno.READ MORE: Philadelphia Seniors Treated To Night Out, Musical At Walnut Street Theatre
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The family has attorneys reviewing the Freeh report and says it is “absolutely not” the last word in the case.