Coach Paterno had prior knowledge Sandusky was child sex abuser: police report

Legendary former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had known years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

Michael McQueary, his other assistant, had reported to Paterno an extreme sexual incident he witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy in 2001, according to police report obtained by CNN.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob McQueary (L) and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno, sometimes referred to as JoePa. (file photo)

According to the police report cited on Saturday, which was written after Sandusky’s arrest 10 years later, Paterno allegedly responded to McQueary by saying this “was the second complaint of this nature he had received”.

McQueary’s revelations led to Sandusky’s conviction in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. He is currently serving a 30-year prison sentence.

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