Jerry Sandusky Scandal

CNN report says Joe Paterno knew of prior Sandusky abuse claims

Joe Paterno said he knew about abuse claims against convicted child abuser Jerry Sandusky prior to former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary’s 2001 claim that he witnessed Sandusky assault a boy on campus, according to a CNN report.

A Pennsylvania State Police report, provided to CNN by an unnamed source, is the origin of the information.

According to CNN, the one-page police report details McQueary’s conversation with Paterno, who allegedly told then-graduate assistant McQueary that it was the second time he heard a complaint against Sandusky, though he did not elaborate. The police report was allegedly written after Sandusky’s arrest, more than 10 years after McQueary reported the incident to Paterno.

Penn State’s former head coach had been asked under oath if he knew of any other allegations, to which he responded no.

Sandusky was convicted on 45 of 48 charges of child sex abuse and is serving a 30 to 60 year sentence at Somerset state prison. He maintains his innocence and is in the midst of a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition seeking dropped charges or a new trial. His attorneys and state prosecutors jointly requested oral arguments in the appeal.

The new report comes from Sara Ganim, a former Centre Daily Times and Patriot-News journalist who was brought up as a possible witness in the PCRA evidentiary hearings which often centered around the issue of grand jury leaks.

Former Penn State administrators Gary Schultz and Tim Curley pleaded guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment, and Graham Spanier was later convicted of misdemeanor child endangerment. No charges were ever filed against Paterno, who died months after being fired as Penn State’s coach. McQueary was awarded more than $12 million in a lawsuit against Penn State.