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CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims

10 September 2017

Penn State's former head coach had been asked under oath if he knew of any other allegations, to which he responded no.

According to a CNN report, the police report details McQueary's 2001 report to Paterno that he saw Sandusky and a boy in the Penn State football facilities.

CNN obtained a copy of a Pennsylvania state trooper's report from a November 2011 interview with Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary, who initially reported the locker-room incident a decade earlier.

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Joe Paterno allegedly told McQueary in 2001 that the claim against Sandusky "was the second complaint of this nature he had received", according to the police report, which was written after Sandusky's arrest 10 years later.

"Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face", the report states, adding that McQueary "said Paterno's eyes appeared to well up with tears".

Testimony in court from a man in 2014 alleged that Paterno ignored his complaints in 1976 that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, the Washington Post reported at the time. He died on January 22, 2012 from complications from lung cancer.

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

In addition to McQueary reporting that Paterno mentioned it not being the first time he knew about Sandusky, Paterno reportedly told McQueary that Paterno's wife Sue was told by Sandusky's wife Dottie that "Jerry Jerry doesn't like girls".

The police report, CNN says, "casts fresh doubt on the mountain of denials by Paterno, his family and his loyalists" who says the coach was not aware of "Sandusky's serial molestation" before 2001. 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.

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Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts related to sexual abuse of children and sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims