Report: Joe Paterno Knew Jerry Sandusky Sexually Abused Children in 2001

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More revelations from the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal have come to light and they do not look good for deceased former Penn State coach Joe Paterno.

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 states that Paterno’s former assistant, Mike McQueary, approached the Nittany Lions coach after witnessing Sanducky sexually abusing a child back in 2001.  That’s when Paterno told McQueary that it was the second time he had been informed of such actions by his team’s defensive coordinator.


In February 2001, McQueary, who was a graduate assistant coach at the time, went to Paterno the morning after allegedly seeing, according to the police report obtained by CNN, “an extreme sexual act occurring between Sandusky and a young boy” late on a Friday night in a team shower.

According to the police report, McQueary’s account was that “Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face” and that the Hall of Fame coach’s “eyes appeared to well up with tears.”

McQueary’s statements were documented during the Pennsylvania state police’s investigation into the Sandusky scandal back in 2011.

Sanducky was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in 2012 and is currently serving his 30-60 year prison sentence. As for Paterno, he passed away in 2012, shortly after being fired from Penn State as a result of his involvement (or lack thereof) in the matter.

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