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.
“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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