The sexual abuse scandal that rocked Penn State and the country as a whole is back in the news again and as you might expect, it’s not good. It is now being reported that former coach Joe Paterno, as well as the school itself, knew that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was molesting children as early as 1976!


A judge says insurers in litigation with Penn State claim a boy told coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he had been molested by convicted former Nittany Lions assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, Pennlive.com reported Thursday.

The order by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer also cites separate reports in 1987 and 1988 of other unnamed assistant football coaches allegedly witnessing “inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children.”

“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,” the Paterno family said in a statement given to Pennlive.com. “Joe Paterno did not, at any time, cover up conduct by Jerry Sandusky.”

“There is no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU,” Judge Glazer wrote.

Sandusky will serve the rest of his life in prison for numerous acts of sexual abuse on children that spanned the course of almost two decades. If these reports are true, it would should that people were aware of what was going on years before the acts were thought to have began during the 1990’s.

Paterno, who died in 2012 as the scandal was unfolding, went to university higher-ups with an assistant’s 2001 report of Sandusky abusing a child in a team shower, and told a grand jury in 2011 he didn’t “know of anything else” involving Sandusky.

“I do not know of anything else that Jerry would be involved in of that nature, no. I do not know of it,” Paterno testified 10 months before Sandusky was first charged, along with two university administrators accused of covering up complaints about him.

This is not the last we will hear of this and it will be another black eye for the school if these reports are proven true, as they have tried to distance themselves from the Paterno/Sandusky era. This is all just sick how many adults would have had to get together to prevent kids from getting any justice when the acts were actually happening.