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Penn State: Report to detail liability in sex abuse scandal

Officers lead Jerry Sandusky out of the courtroom in handcuffs after jurors found him guilty on 45 of 48 counts. (Source: CNN) Officers lead Jerry Sandusky out of the courtroom in handcuffs after jurors found him guilty on 45 of 48 counts. (Source: CNN)
Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, left, and former VP Gary Schultz, right, are facing perjury charges for allegedly lying to a grand jury about knowing of child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky. (Source: CNN) Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley, left, and former VP Gary Schultz, right, are facing perjury charges for allegedly lying to a grand jury about knowing of child sex abuse allegations against Sandusky. (Source: CNN)

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA (RNN) - An investigative report into how Pennsylvania State University officials handled allegations that Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children will be made public Thursday.

The independent report, headed by former FBI director Louis Freeh, is expected to detail reactions and missteps from university officials when reports of the abuse first surfaced more than 10 years ago. It will be released to the public and school administrators simultaneously at 9 a.m. ET.

The findings could also be pivotal to the pending charges against two school administrators accused of lying to a grand jury over the Sandusky scandal and failing to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, was convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse on June 22.

Among the most damning evidence against the 68-year-old was the testimony of former assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told the jury he saw Sandusky in an on-campus shower with a boy who appeared to be 10 or 12 years old.

McQueary told jurors he called former Penn State head coach Joe Paterno the next morning to explain what he had seen to college football's most winningest coach.

Paterno testified before a grand jury that he told Athletic Director Tim Curley about the incident, but charges were never filed against Sandusky.

The report is expected to address e-mails leaked to CNN which have suggested Curley, former Penn State President Graham Spanier and former Vice President Gary Schultz knew of the possible abuse but decided against reporting it.

Paterno died Jan. 22 after losing his battle with lung cancer. Although he was fired shortly after allegations against Sandusky went public, he never formally addressed rumors that he played a part in covering up the scandal.

On Tuesday, the Paterno family issued a statement insisting Paterno had not covered for Sandusky.

"When the facts come out, it will be clear that Joe Paterno never gave Tim Curley any instructions to protect Sandusky or limit any investigation of his actions," the statement read. "If he were here with us today, we are certain Joe Paterno would say that he wished he had done any number of things differently.

"We also believe he would make it clear that he was not an investigator, law enforcement officer, child services professional or a member of the Board of Trustees. Joe would accept his responsibility, but he would expect others to step forward as well."

Schultz, who retired from his position shortly after the allegations against Sandusky were made public, and Curley, who is on administrative leave, have been charged with perjury and a failure to report suspected child sex abuse.

They testified before a grand jury they had only heard Sandusky was engaging in horseplay with a boy when McQueary walked in on them, contrary to Paterno's testimony.

The case - which involved 10 sexually abused boys and spanned over 15 years - shocked the Penn State community and the nation while marring the reputation of the college's incredibly successful football program.

Although he has yet to be sentenced, it's likely Sandusky will spend the rest of his life in prison - the minimum sentence for his conviction is 60 years in prison.

His attorneys have indicated they will appeal the conviction based on a lack of time to prepare for trial.

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