Published: Sun, September 10, 2017
Sports | By Phillip Butler

CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims

CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims

CNN obtained a police report that claimed assistant coach Mike McQueary told police that longtime head coach Joe Paterno previously knew about Sandusky abusing boys.

According to Pennsylvania state police documents obtained by CNN, Paterno claimed he had been told Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children as early as 2001.

The report, written after Sandusky's arrest, states that Paterno allegedly told McQueary at the time that his claim was the second complaint of that nature he had received, according to CNN.

Paterno lost his job as the scandal surrounding Sandusky erupted. McQueary allegedly told Paterno about what he'd seen the day after it occurred.

Efforts to reach the Paterno family Saturday were not immediately successful.

Jerry Sandusky is now appealing a conviction for molestation charges that would result in him serving a 30-year prison sentence.

While McQueary had testified in court many times about Paterno's response to his report, he never mentioned from the witness stand - nor was he directly asked - about whether Paterno told him about other Sandusky incidents. He also argued that the media made Paterno a central figure in the case, even though the former coach testified as a witness for only seven minutes in a three-year-long grand jury investigation. He's now appealing the conviction.

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.

Q: Other than the incident that Mike McQueary reported to you, do you know in any way, through rumor, direct knowledge or any other fashion, of any other inappropriate sexual conduct by Jerry Sandusky with young boys?

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.

Paterno died in 2012, and there's been a lot of discussion about his legacy ever since. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

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