Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sport | By Fredrick Flores

Joe Paterno May Have Known of Earlier Sandusky Abuse Claim

Joe Paterno May Have Known of Earlier Sandusky Abuse Claim

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.

Paterno, who had been head coach for the Nittany Lions throughout Sandusky's entire career with Penn State, claimed that he never knew about any of the allegations against his former defensive coordinator until McQueary came to him.

According to the report, when McQueary recounted what he had seen, Paterno acknowledged it "was the second complaint of this nature he had received".

Since Sandusky's initial arrest in 2011, one of the biggest questions surrounding the case has been whether Paterno and other higher-up Penn State officials knew of Sandusky's acts.

He was never charged with a crime, although unsealed depositions by alleged victims said Paterno knew of the abuse as far back as 1976.

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Attorney's for the Paterno family could not be reached for comment by CNN.

In June 2012, a jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 counts relating to child sexual abuse and sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison. He died on January 22, 2012 from complications from lung cancer.

Because of McQueary and Paterno legally doing the right thing and following their "chain of command" when reporting sexual abuse, new laws have been put in place where someone is required to report any sexual molestation to the police. Sandusky is in jail and is now appealing the court's ruling.

During former Penn State president Graham Spanier's child endangerment trial this spring, former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley testified that he had discussed a 1998 allegation against Sandusky with Paterno. 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.

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. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

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