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A newly uncovered police report from 2011 shows that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have been told of Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault of children before 2002, when former assistant coach Mike McQueary informed Paterno he had witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in the Penn State locker room.

One man said Paterno dismissed his report in 1976 by saying, "I have a football season to worry about", CNN said.

As McQueary recalled it some nine years later, when he reported what he saw to his boss and former coach the next morning, Joe Paterno said it was the second time that he had heard that type of report about Sandusky.

CNN obtained a copy of a Pennsylvania state trooper's report from a November 2011 interview with Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary, who initially reported the locker-room incident a decade earlier.

A report from Sara Ganim of CNN.com has cited evidence that bolsters the claim Penn State head coach Joe Paterno "knew years before Jerry Sandusky's arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children".

The new detail from the state police files does not, in itself, greatly advance the body of knowledge about what Paterno knew, and when.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa
Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa

The new report describes what happened after McQueary told Paterno what he had witnessed.

Curley did reference a conversation with Paterno in a 2001 email in which he asked his colleagues to consider not taking the McQueary report to police or child welfare officials.

Paterno died in January 2012, less than three months after the scandal came to light.

Later in 2012, Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison.

You can definitely say with Paterno and argue with McQueary that despite them legally doing the right thing, they could have done more to make sure authorities got to Jerry Sandusky before he could harm any more kids.

In the wake of Sandusky's arrest, Paterno was sacked from Penn State in November 2011, after 46 years as head football coach. I do not know of it. As for Paterno, he passed away in 2012, shortly after being fired from Penn State as a result of his involvement (or lack thereof) in the matter.


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