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In 1976 Joe Paterno Knew About Jerry Sandusky Molesting Children, Per Court Document

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Back in March of 2013, Pennsylvania State University (colloquially known as Penn State) sued Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association Insurance Company (PMA) for the reason giant entities always sue their insurance companies: For not covering the settlements and/or awards in certain lawsuits. Being that we’re talking about Penn State, you can guess what it was about: All of the settlements over Jerry Sandusky, their famous football team’s former defensive coordinator, sexually abusing children and all sorts of administrators knowing about it. Which brings us to this week’s news.

On Thursday, PennLive.com reported that a new court order in the lawsuit contains a very illuminating line:

[I]n 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.

Paterno defenders had always been insistent that he went straight to his superiors (albeit not law enforcement) when it was reported to him that Sandusky had been caught raping a boy on campus. This, however, is different, it seems, although there’s not much to go on as of yet. The PennLive article also notes that there are “separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.” All three incidents are sourced from deposition testimony given some of Sandusky’s victims in the case. This all led to the judge ruling that the case can proceed because the university’s executive officers weren’t notified.

The Paterno family issued the following statement through their attorney:

Over the past four-and-a-half years Joe Paterno’s conduct has been scrutinized by an endless list of investigators and attorneys. Through all of this review there has never been any evidence of inappropriate conduct by Coach Paterno. To the contrary, the evidence clearly shows he shared information with his superiors as appropriate.

An allegation now about an alleged event 40 years ago, as represented by a single line in a court document regarding an insurance issue, with no corroborating evidence, does not change the facts. Joe Paterno did not, at any time, cover up conduct by Jerry Sandusky.

In a series of tweets on Friday morning, Scott Paterno, Joe Paterno’s son, claimed the report was “bunk” and nothing but a “breathless rush to get clicks” for PennLive.com.

As for Jerry Sandusky, he will get a new hearing on May 20 to try to prove his claims that the prosecutors in his case withheld evidence, lied when presenting their case, and leaked various grand jury proceedings to find new evidence.

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