CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted for child sex abuse

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted for child sex abuse

A police report acquired by Ganim outlined an account from former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, in which McQueary said Paterno told him a 2001 allegation the assistant coach made against Sandusky "was the second complaint of this nature he had received", according to the police report that followed Sandusky's 2011 arrest.

Legendary former American football coach Joe Paterno had known years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

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.

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.

McQueary's revelations led to Sandusky's conviction in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

That McQueary's statement to police didn't surface in Sandusky's trial, however, was no mistake.

The legendary coach JoePa, as his fans knew him, died in January 2012 at the age of 85, shortly after he was sacked in November 2011 amid revelations that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused close to a dozen boys on the Penn State campus.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa
Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa

"You know, [McQueary] didn't want to get specific", Paterno said during the interview.

Curley did reference a conversation with Paterno in a 2001 email in which he asked his colleagues to consider not taking the McQueary report to police or child welfare officials.

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

Paterno died in January 2012, less than three months after the scandal came to light.

Jay Paterno, one of Joe's sons, a former assistant coach and someone who has been very outspoken about his father's legacy and innocence before the 2001 incident, was elected to Penn State's board of trustees in May.

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

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