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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno didn't cover up for retired defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky when he was accused of molesting boys and didn't act to hinder an investigation of him, Paterno's family says.
Paterno's family also called Sandusky, who was
convicted last month of sexually abusing 10 boys, some on campus, a "master deceiver" in a lengthy statement released Tuesday after former FBI director Louis Freeh announced he would unveil the findings of his investigation into the scandal on Thursday.
Freeh was hired to investigate by the Penn State trustees, who ousted Paterno days after Sandusky was arrested in November.
Sandusky is awaiting sentencing after being convicted last month of 45 criminal counts. He maintains his innocence.
Penn State alumni, college football fans and the Paterno family will be looking to see if the Freeh report sheds new light on the Hall of Fame coach's actions.
Trials ahead: School administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, awaiting trial on charges they lied to the Sandusky grand jury and didn't properly report child abuse, will find out whether Freeh's investigators uncovered anything that might help -- or hinder -- their criminal defense.
Lawyers for Curley and Schultz, meanwhile, are expected to participate in a closed-door conference call on Wednesday afternoon with the attorney general's office and Judge Todd Hoover, who is presiding over their case in Harrisburg. Curley, on leave as athletic director, and Schultz, retired as vice president for business and finance, could learn when they will stand trial.
Lawyers for the young men who testified against Sandusky, and others who might file civil lawsuits related to the scandal, will be reading the report closely for what it might mean regarding litigation. A civil complaint and a second legal notice of a lawsuit have been filed in Philadelphia, and there are signs other cases may be on the way.
Meanwhile, lawyers for former former Penn State president Graham Spanier on Tuesday broke a months-long silence to deny suggestions that he participated in a cover-up with the image of Penn State and its powerful and lucrative football program at stake. They said Spanier was never informed that Sandusky may have been abusing children.
"At no time in the more than 16 years of his presidency at Penn State was Dr. Spanier told of an incident involving Jerry Sandusky that described child abuse, sexual misconduct or criminality of any kind, and he reiterated that during his interview with Louis Freeh and his colleagues," said attorneys Peter Vaira and Elizabeth Ainslie.
The report: In announcing that the report will go online at 9 a.m. Thursday, Freeh took pains to say no one outside his team will get copies beforehand, including the trustees. Investigators will hold a news conference that morning in Philadelphia. That day, trustees will start a two-day meeting in Scranton where they can respond to the report.
In the Tuesday statement, Paterno's family said Paterno "did not know that Jerry Sandusky was a pedophile."
"Joe Paterno did not act in any way to prevent a proper investigation of Jerry Sandusky," the family said. "To claim otherwise is a distortion of the truth."
Paterno's family said the Freeh team declined its offer to respond to recent news leaks after the family asked to review the findings.
The coach supported the trustees' decision to hire Freeh to conduct a thorough investigation, but the recent leaks raised questions about fairness and confidentiality, the family said.
Paterno had issued a statement in December that said he relayed graduate assistant Mike McQueary's report in 2001 of seeing Sandusky with a boy in the team shower to Curley and "that was the last time the matter was brought to my attention."
Email: CNN reported last week on an excerpted email from Curley in which he indicated he changed his mind about going to child welfare authorities after speaking with Paterno. The report led to renewed public scrutiny on whether the longtime coach took a more active role in the decision than what he described.
The family said the "media spin that this is proof of some sort of cover up is completely false."
"When the facts come out," the family said, "it will be clear that Joe Paterno never gave Tim Curley any instructions to protect Sandusky or limit any investigation of his actions."
Paterno, his family said, never got a chance to present his case to the university before he died in January of lung cancer at age 85.
The coach had described the abuse scandal as one of the great sorrows of his life. Just before his firing, he acknowledged he wished he had done more after hearing about the allegations against Sandusky. His family said he is the only person to publicly acknowledge that sentiment.