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Report Questions When Joe Paterno Learned About Sex Abuse Allegations

Report Questions When Joe Paterno Learned About Sex Abuse Allegations

The one-page police report describes an account from former Penn State player and assistant coach Mike McQueary, who reportedly alerted Paterno in 2001 of an incident he had just witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy.

The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky".

This police report, which was written in 2011, was never mentioned in court by McQueary or the prosecution, in part because it was that legal team's strategy to keep the focus on Sanusky and away from Paterno and Penn State.

It is possible, even likely, the source speaking to PennLive note Saturday, that Paterno's puported comment to McQueary would have been about the 1998 incident - less than three years before.

Paterno's family sued the NCAA in 2013 over its investigation into how Paterno and other administrators handled abuse allegations. For those who don't remember, McQueary reported to Paterno an incident he had witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy.

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

McQueary's claim of abuse and other allegations is what led to Jerry Sandusky's conviction in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

The report states that Paterno's former assistant, Mike McQueary, approached the Nittany Lions coach after witnessing Sanducky sexually abusing a child back in 2001.

According to the report, two men claimed they reported their abuse at Sandusky's hands directly to Paterno in the 1970s.

There were also further unsealed court documents from settlements that revealed instances of assistant coaches sharing concerns about Sandusky in both the 1980s and 1990s, the latter was former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano - then a Penn State assistant.

Paterno's own testimony before a grand jury, and his published statement a week before he died in 2012 that he "had "no inkling" that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant" until he heard the shocking allegation from McQueary, now appears murky. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

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