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Jerry Sandusky Victim Told Joe Paterno About Abuse In 1976, Per Unsealed Court Documents

According to unsealed court records from 2014, one of former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky's victims testified that in 1976, he told legendary head coach Joe Paterno that he was sexually assaulted by the assistant. According to the unnamed victim, who is referred to as John Doe 150, Paterno told him that he didn't want to hear about it, and walked away. From The Washington Post:

The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, said that while he was attending a football camp at Penn State, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Sandusky’s finger penetrated the boy’s rectum, Doe testified in court in 2014, and the victim asked to speak with Paterno about it. Doe testified that he specifically told Paterno that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, and Paterno ignored it.

“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?'” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.

This testimony backs up the May report that Paterno and Penn State officials first new of the allegations in 1976. Last week, a group of 200 former Penn State players spanning the seven decades that Paterno coached the Nittany Lions signed a letter urging the school to put back the coach's statue back up on campus.

[TheWashington Post]