Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky accusations before 2001, assistant told police

Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky accusations before 2001, assistant told police

In the wake of Sandusky's arrest, Paterno was sacked from Penn State in November 2011, after 46 years as head football coach.

A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

When Joe Paterno was informed of a locker-room encounter between Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in 2001, the legendary coach indicated it was not the first time he had heard of such an incident, according to a 2011 police report revealed by CNN Saturday.

McQueary told Paterno he had witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the showers of Penn State's facilities in 2001.

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"Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face", the report states. The CNN story reports the prosecution even threatened Sandusky's lawyers to stay away from it, or they would add even more accusations from Sandusky's past to his list of charges. He's now serving a 30-60 year prison sentence. One man testified during a civil trail that he went to Paterno in 1976 to tell him of Sandusky's molestation and the coach dismissed it, saying, "I have a football season to worry about".

Attorneys for the Paterno family did not respond to CNN's requests for comment. While Sandusky may be in jail, the public continues to receive more and more information that tell us just how things might have been at Happy Valley.

In a letter published by USA Today last September, Jay Paterno, Paterno's son and the Nittany Lions' current quarterbacks coach, stated that his father never enabled Sandusky and that he reported the 2001 allegation to the fullest extent of the law.

Paterno lost his job as the scandal surrounding Sandusky erupted. He died on January 22, 2012 from complications from lung cancer.