The Record

Summary of Findings:

Jim Clemente


Joe Paterno, on the other hand, was an advocate who cared deeply about his athletes as students, so much so that he consistently maintained one of the nation’s highest graduation rates for his football players. He was a philanthropist, an altruistic community leader and a true national icon. Paterno worked with Sandusky for 30 years; he thought he knew him, as did many others.

Clemente’s major findings include:

  • The Freeh report ignores everything we know about child sexual victimization. Consequently, the Freeh investigation failed to properly consider the behavioral dynamics of the offender, the victims and potential witnesses. (Page 5)
  • This case is a textbook example of how people in the general public misinterpret the behavior of child sex offenders. And, Jerry Sandusky is a textbook example of a preferential child sex offender and a “nice-guy” acquaintance offender. He effectively groomed most of the people who came in contact with him, including child care experts, psychologists, professionals, celebrities, athletes, coaches, friends and family. The sad truth is people do not recognize the “grooming” behavior of “nice-guy” acquaintance offenders, especially when they know or are close to that person. (Pages 12, 67, 91)
  • Unfortunately for the ordinary layman, these type of grooming techniques, as employed by Sandusky, create a huge obstacle to identifying actual offenders. In order to identify and stop child molesters, we must understand how grooming works and the complicated, counter-intuitive dynamics of child sexual victimization. (Page 21)
  • There is no evidence to support the conclusion that Paterno engaged in “an active agreement to conceal.” It is clear from the evidence that Paterno never made any attempt to hide any information, hinder or impede any investigation, silence any witnesses or limit the number of people former assistant coach Mike McQueary reported an incident to in 2001. (Pages 35-36)
  • Each one of the Freeh report’s main conclusions about Joe Paterno is wrong due to a lack of evidence, a failure to consider alternative evidence or is directly contradicted by the evidence. (Page 9)
  • The Freeh report missed an opportunity to educate the public about “nice-guy” acquaintance offenders. Indeed, this case has nothing to do with Penn State football or Joe Paterno, and if the public continues to believe that, it will unwittingly cancel out everything we have learned about child sexual victimization. (Page 69)
  • Finally, Freeh’s investigators got it wrong because they investigated the case in the wrong way. The Freeh report ignored decades of expert research and analysis regarding child sex offender cases. They investigated this case as if it were a “stranger danger” or “monster predator” offender, instead of the very different and insidious “nice-guy” acquaintance offender. It is a common mistake, but it led them to draw erroneous conclusions. Clemente’s report is an effort to set the record straight. (Page 10)

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