Report: Insurer alleges child told Joe Paterno of Jerry Sandusky sex abuse in 1976

May 6th, 2016 by Staff

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.”

Pennlive.com’s review of the case file, which remains under seal, found that all the alleged incidents are described in victims’ depositions given as part of the still-active insurance coverage case for Sandusky-related claims.

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

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