Court Documents Allege Paterno Knew About Abuse in 1976
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who claims Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him in 1976 says in newly unsealed court documents that he told Penn State football Coach Joe Paterno about the incident the very next day, and Paterno responded callously.
The man identified as John Doe 150 testified in October 2014 that about six other boys in a shower heard him yell that Sandusky had sexually penetrated him with a finger.
A judge unsealed extensive records Tuesday from Penn State's insurance litigation over coverage of Sandusky-related claims.
John Doe 150 says he told several adults about the incident, then sought out Paterno to tell him what occurred.
He says Paterno's response was that he didn't want to hear about it and had a football season to worry about.
Paterno said before his death in 2012 that the first inkling he had that Sandusky might be abusing children was in 2001.
A lawyer for Paterno's family claims there's evidence that "stands in stark contrast" to the man's story.