Staffer told police that Joe Paterno noted 'second complaint' against Jerry Sandusky

Hope Soto
September 10, 2017

A police report acquired by Ganim outlined an account from former Penn State assistant Mike McQueary, in which McQueary said Paterno told him a 2001 allegation the assistant coach made against Sandusky "was the second complaint of this nature he had received", according to the police report that followed Sandusky's 2011 arrest.

A previously unreleased police report written 10 years after the most infamous incident in the Jerry Sandusky child rape scandal at Penn State revealed more evidence that Joe Paterno knew about his assistant coach's horrific behavior before 2001.

McQueary told Paterno he had witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in the showers of Penn State's facilities in 2001.

McQueary - a former Penn State quarterback and a graduate assistant coach at the time - was a key witness in the case against Sandusky. He maintains his innocence and is in the midst of a Post-conviction Collateral Relief Act petition seeking dropped charges or a new trial.

Paterno lost his job as the scandal surrounding Sandusky erupted. Paterno didn't testify on the emails because Penn State's investigation was released after Paterno died. One man testified during a civil trail that he went to Paterno in 1976 to tell him of Sandusky's molestation and the coach dismissed it, saying, "I have a football season to worry about".

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Jerry Sandusky, who served on Paterno's coaching staff for 30 years until his retirement in 1999, was arrested in 2011 and convicted in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys in 15 years.

But as the source speaking with PennLive Saturday noted, the coach's death in January 2012 - before that email thread came to light - made it impossible to circle back to Paterno on the specifics of his recommendations at that time.

The report states that Paterno's former assistant, Mike McQueary, approached the Nittany Lions coach after witnessing Sanducky sexually abusing a child back in 2001.

It contradicts the head coach's testimony before a grand jury and his published statement a week before he passed in 2012 that he "had "no inkling" that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant", until he heard the shocking news from McQueary in 2001.

In a new report, Joe Paterno admitted that there had been a previous complaint against Jerry Sandusky (l.). "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

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