Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky accusations before 2001, assistant told police


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.

CNN obtained a Pennsylvania police report that described Paterno's reaction to whistleblower Mike McQueary showing up in his office in 2001 and telling Paterno that he had witnessed Sandusky engaged in "an extreme sexual act" with a young boy in the football locker room. The police report was allegedly written after Sandusky's arrest, more than 10 years after McQueary reported the incident to Paterno.

Three former Penn State administrators received jail time for their roles in the Sandusky case, but there's no evidence Paterno ever committed a crime in his role.

"Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face", the report states.

Paterno and McQueary had "no discussion of the previous complaint at that time or any other time", the report states. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

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The report casts new doubt on the denials by Paterno's family and supporters that the legendary coach new nothing about Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.

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.

There were also further unsealed court documents from settlements that revealed instances of assistant coaches sharing concerns about Sandusky in both the 1980s and 1990s, the latter was former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano - then a Penn State assistant.

Paterno himself, shortly before his death, said of his involvement in the Sandusky scandal: "In hindsight, I wish I had done more". He died on January 22, 2012 from complications from lung cancer.