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Unsealed Court Docs: Joe Paterno Knew About Sandusky Child Abuse in 1976
Gets worse and worse for the now deceased longtime Penn State coach Joe Paterno as shocking court documents were unsealed and revealed on Tuesday. According to a 2014 testimony made public Tuesday in a Philadelphia court, Paterno was tipped off about Sandusky and improper abuse of children by Sandusky and completely ignored it.
The then-14-year-old victim told Paterno that the assistant coach — who was convicted in 2012 of molesting 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison — touched him while attending a football camp at the university, penetrating his rectum with his finger as he showered, the Washington Post reports.
John Doe 150, according to the newly unsealed court documents, testified that he told Paterno of the sexual assault and the coach ignored his complaint.
“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?’” the victim’s lawyer asked him in 2014, according to the Washington Post.
“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended,” the man replied. “I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”
According to the victim, Joe Paterno just walked away.
Penn State president Eric Barron said in a statement the university doesn’t plan to provide additional comment on the unsealed documents but said, “It is important to reiterate that the alleged knowledge of former Penn State employees is not proven, and should not be treated as such.”
“Penn State’s overriding concern has been, and remains, for the victims of Jerry Sandusky. While individuals hold different opinions, and may draw different inferences from the testimony about former Penn State employees, speculation by Penn State is not useful. We must be sensitive to all individuals involved, and especially to those who may be victims of child sexual abuse. It also makes it much more difficult for Penn State to create an environment where victims of sexual abuse feel comfortable coming forward and where students, faculty and staff feel protected in reporting wrongdoing.”
An expert testified under oath that there were 6 opportunities for Penn State to report Sandusky, Paterno & Penn State but failed to do anything about it.
-Improper sexual contact between Sandusky and a minor in 1987 that was witnessed by then-assistant coach Joe Sarra. Sarra died in July 2012.
-Improper sexual contact between Sandusky and a child in 1988 that was witnessed by then-assistant coach Kevin O’Dea. O’Dea is currently employed as the special team coach for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Williams also identified three cases where significant reports were made, including:
-A 1976 incident where an alleged victim made a report to then-head football coach Joe Paterno.
-A report by an alleged victim that was referred to then-Penn State Athletic Director Jim Tarman in 1988.
-The 1998 report that the mother of a boy filed with Penn State’s university police department, was investigated, and later dropped with no charges filed by the Centre County district attorney’s office. Like the 2001 incident, Sandusky’s criminal case had previously established that this incident was known to several of Penn State’s highest-ranking administrators.
It may be time for the remainder of Joe Paterno defenders to keep quiet from now on.