Newly unsealed records show testimony claiming Paterno knew of abuse in 1976
The allegations against Joe Paterno keep getting worse.
The Washington Post received access to newly unsealed court records, which show that a man testified that the late Penn State coach knew about Jerry Sandusky’s abuse in 1976. According to the Post’s report, the man testified in 2014 that he told Paterno about Sandusky abusing him in 1976 when he was 14 years old.
The court documents stated that the victim, who was called John Doe 150, was asked about the role that the longtime Penn State coach played in covering up the actions of Sandusky.
“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?”
According to the Post, the court document said that Paterno walked away after he was told of the abuse.
The unsealed documents were made available Tuesday through a Philadelphia court. This reported testimony was suspected back in May. The university is in an ongoing legal battle involving an insurance case over the victims’ $93 million in compensation.
The independent investigation had only found that Paterno possibly knew of the abuse in 1998. The newly unsealed records verified that Paterno is being accused of knowing about Sandusky’s behavior decades before the investigation originally stated.
Paterno’s family has continued to fight claims made by victims, stating that Paterno did not know of Sandusky’s crimes. Sandusky is currently serving a minimum of 30 years in prison after he was convicted in 2012.
A week ago, over 200 former Penn State players signed a letter to the university demanding that Paterno’s statue be restored and that Penn State apologize to Paterno’s wife, Sue, for the way her husband’s legacy was tarnished.