Joe Paterno admitted he heard an earlier Sandusky sexual abuse claim

Report: Police report corroborates testimony that Paterno knew of previous Sandusky allegations

A police report obtained by CNN suggests that the late former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno knew that Jerry Sandusky may have been molesting children years before Sandusky's arrest. The police report was filed shortly after Sandusky was arrested in 2011.

A previously unreleased police report written 10 years after the most infamous incident in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at Penn State revealed more evidence that Joe Paterno knew about his assistant coach's horrific behavior before 2001.

"Then he made the comment to McQueary this was the second complaint of this nature he had received about Sandusky", the report obtained by CNN states.

Paterno went to Penn State heads and nothing really happened for nearly a decade before a Grand Jury investigation finally took place which then resulted in Sandusky being convicted. He's serving a prison sentence of 30 to 60 years. He maintains his innocence and is in the midst of a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition seeking dropped charges or a new trial.

One man said Paterno dismissed his report in 1976 by saying, "I have a football season to worry about", CNN said.

In a letter published by USA Today last September, Jay Paterno, Paterno's son and the Nittany Lions' current quarterbacks coach, stated that his father never enabled Sandusky and that he reported the 2001 allegation to the fullest extent of the law.

"We structured the whole case around avoiding Penn State", a source close to the prosecution told Ganim.

Paterno died in 2012, and there's been a lot of discussion about his legacy ever since. You can definitely say with Paterno and argue with McQueary that despite them legally doing the right thing, they could have done more to make sure authorities got to Jerry Sandusky before he could harm any more kids.

Paterno told a grand jury in 2011 that he first learned in 2001 of inappropriate sexual contact by Sandusky involving young boys.

Paterno's family has accused McQueary of inconsistency in his retelling of what he saw in the locker room, though prosecutors have praised him for handling several trips to the witness stand matter-of-factly. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

In addition, emails seemed to implicate that Paterno knew about an instance in 1998 where Sandusky gave a 10-year-old boy a "naked hug in a shower" which surfaced from Penn State's own internal investigation.

Paterno was sacked by the Penn State board of trustees in a special meeting later that night.



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