More details on what Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky child rapes

Erica Murray
September 10, 2017

The report, which CNN obtained and released Saturday, says when assistant coach Mike McQueary told Paterno he had seen Sandusky with a young boy in the showers at Penn State's football facility, that the head coach told him it was "was the second complaint of this nature he had received". This version of events would seriously undermine a long-held belief among Paterno loyalists that the coach was mostly a peripheral figure in a series of university fuck-ups that allowed Sandusky to sexually assault at least 10 boys over the course of decades.

A police report obtained and described by CNN on Saturday shows further evidence that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have known for years that his longtime defensive coordinator might be sexually abusing children.

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.

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.

The latest police report casts fresh doubt on denials by Paterno, his family and his supporters that the head coach knew about Sandusky's predatory serial molestation before the 2001 incident. The police report was filed shortly after Sandusky was arrested in 2011. He is now serving a 30-year prison sentence.

Paterno coached Penn State for 45 years before his contract was terminated in November 2011. One of them went to Paterno in 1976 which Paterno told him "I have a football season to worry about". The three university officials told Sandusky not to bring children onto campus anymore, and police were not notified.

Paterno died in January 2012.

In a new report, Joe Paterno admitted that there had been a previous complaint against Jerry Sandusky (l.). Paterno said in front of a Grand Jury that he "had no inkling that Sandusky was a sexual deviant".

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

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