Paterno knew about earlier accusations against Sandusky, according to police report

A new report published today by CNN shines a light on a small new detail about a very big question: What did former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno know about the secret life of his longtime assistant Jerry Sandusky.

According to an explosive new CNN report published Saturday, there is now even more evidence the legendary ex-Penn State football coach may have known about Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse of young boys years before Sandusky's 2011 arrest.

The report, written after Sandusky's arrest, states that Paterno allegedly told McQueary at the time that his claim was the second complaint of that nature he had received, according to CNN.

Now that Sandusky is in prison and those in power at Penn State at the time are either convicted or dead, civil lawsuits seem to allege that Paterno and Penn State officials knew way earlier about Sandusky and that could be corroborated by McQueary's statement.

"Success without honor is an unseasonal dish; it will satisfy your hunger but it won't taste good", Paterno once said in one of his most famous quotes.

While McQueary had testified in court many times about Paterno's response to his report, he never mentioned from the witness stand - nor was he directly asked - about whether Paterno told him about other Sandusky incidents.

The issue here is logistics, as the police report creates an issue for those who have long backed the denials by Paterno, his family and his loyalists that the coach knew anything of Sandusky's serial molestation before the 2001 incident.

Jerry Sandusky is now appealing a conviction for molestation charges that would result in him serving a 30-year prison sentence.

In 2016, a court order was made public that claimed Paterno knew of Sandusky's behavior as far back as 1976.


There was a live concern about not making the Sandusky case a trial of Penn State or Paterno, because of uncertainty about what kind of impact that could have had on jurors.

According to the report, two men claimed they reported their abuse at Sandusky's hands directly to Paterno in the 1970s. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

  • Stacy Allen