Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Report Questions When Joe Paterno Learned About Sex Abuse Allegations

Report Questions When Joe Paterno Learned About Sex Abuse Allegations

A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

The report says that when whistleblower and former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary told Paterno in 2001 that he'd witnessed Sandusky performing a lewd sexual act with a young boy, Paterno allegedly told McQueary that his was the second such claim against Sandusky.

Attorneys for the Paterno family did not respond to CNN's requests for comment. While he testified under oath against Sandusky, McQueary wasn't asked about this police report due to both the prosecution and defense figuring that talking about anything revolving around Penn State football and Joe Paterno wouldn't help their respective cases for/against Sandusky. While Sandusky may be in jail, the public continues to receive more and more information that tell us just how things might have been at Happy Valley. Paterno said in front of a Grand Jury that he "had no inkling that Sandusky was a sexual deviant".

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, including three victims after the 2001 locker room incident.

Ex-Penn State ass't coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse in 2012
Ex-Penn State ass't coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child sex abuse in 2012

Paterno said on multiple occasions that he had no idea of Sandusky's actions or any indications that he might be sexually abusing boys before 2001, and his family has argued that claim after his death, as noted in the CNN report.

Paterno coached Penn State for 45 years before his contract was terminated in November 2011.

Paterno died in 2012, and there's been a lot of discussion about his legacy ever since. He's serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. One of them went to Paterno in 1976 which Paterno told him "I have a football season to worry about".

Paterno took McQueary's complaint to two then-university administrators - former athletic director Tim Curley and former senior vice president Gary Schultz - but the head coach's critics point to his failure to alert police at the time.

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