Summary of Findings:
Dr. Fred S. Berlin
“I have not seen evidence supporting a conclusion that Joe Paterno had acted in bad faith, nor have I seen evidence supporting a conclusion that he has ever been a man who had lacked a genuine concern about the well-being of others – including the well-being of children.”
~ Dr. Fred S. Berlin, expert on sexual disorders
Dr. Fred Berlin, M.D., Ph.D. is the founder of the The Johns Hopkins Sexual Disorders Clinic and serves as director of the Sexual Behaviors Consultation Unit. He has been an Attending Physician at the The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine since 1978 and has been a professor since that time. He has both his Ph.D. in Psychology and his M.D. degree and is a board certified Psychiatrist. In 1992 he founded the National Institute for the Study, Prevention and Treatment of Sexual Trauma. He has written multiple academic papers on pedophilia. He has also testified in court as an expert psychiatric witness.
Dr. Berlin thoroughly reviewed the Freeh Report and found no credible evidence that in the past Joe Paterno collaborated with the most powerful leaders at Penn State to cover up the Jerry Sandusky situation or to keep it a secret. He also found “absolutely nothing about the way in which Mr. Paterno had led his life…that would support the inference that he concealed critical facts about Sandusky’s child abuse in order to prevent bad publicity for the university.” (Page 9)
In fact, he found that Joe Paterno knew very little about the acts for which Sandusky has been convicted: “Having read the Freeh report, and with my extensive experience and knowledge of how difficult it can be for a community to recognize a person with pedophilia, I have not seen evidence supporting a conclusion that Joe Paterno acted in bad faith, nor have I seen evidence showing a lack of concern about the well-being of others…. Joe Paterno, his family and the Penn State community deserved a much better outcome.”