This is not what anyone close to the Penn State Nittany Lions football program wanted to ever have to deal with again. However, thanks to a report from PennLive.com, we have ” a new bombshell” regarding the Jerry Sandusky child-sex abuse scandal.
According to the report, court documents which were obtained indicate deceased head coach Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky’s abuses as early as 1976. The court order reads, “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.”
If the report is to be believed, Paterno never went to his superiors after learning of the allegations 40 years ago.
“There is no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU,” Judge Gary Glazer wrote, in determining that because Penn State’s executive officers weren’t aware of the allegations, he would not bar those claims from insurance coverage.”
Further investigation into the documents reveals that in 1987 and 1988 there were multiple assistant coaches who witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and a minor.
As you would expect, the Paterno family quickly came to JoePa’s defense.
“Over the past four-and-a-half years Joe Paterno’s conduct has been scrutinized by an endless list of investigators and attorneys,” the family said in a statement. “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.”
This is just another unfortunate twist in the sickening story, but it goes to show that there were many in the university responsible for turning a blind eye to inappropriate conduct.
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