According to a collection of court documents unsealed Tuesday, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno was told that former assistant coach and now-convicted serial child molester Jerry Sandusky was abusing young boys as early as 1976.

The Washington Post reports an unnamed victim who claims Sandusky molested him “while attending a football camp at Penn State at age 14" testified in 2014 “that he specifically told Paterno” about the assault, and that he was ignored.


They write:

“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 man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

After that encounter, the man claims Paterno “just walked away.”

In a statement, the Paternos said the newly released documents do nothing but highlight “the total mishandling” of the investigation. “The overwhelming evidence confirms that Joe Paterno never engaged in a cover up of Jerry Sandusky’s crimes,” they wrote.


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