Scott Paterno: Supposed 1976 allegation vs. father is 'bunk'

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2016 6:53 AM

FILE PHOTO: Scott Paterno. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Philadelphia) -- Joe Paterno's son says an allegation made by insurers that a boy told the longtime Penn State football coach in 1976 that he had been molested by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is "bunk.''

In a tweet sent early this morning, Scott Paterno says "it would be great if everyone waited to see the substance of the allegation before they assume it's true. Because it's not.''

The allegation is revealed in an order issued by a Philadelphia judge in litigation between an insurance company and Penn State.

The order also cites reports by unnamed assistant coaches they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

The key sentences contained in the court document read:

"Sandusky was employed by PSU as an Assistant Football Coach and Assistant Professor of Physical Education from 1969 until his retirement in 1999. PMA (Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association Insurance Company) claims Sandusky committed several acts of molestation early in his career at PSU: In 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Football Coach Joseph Paterno, that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky; in 1987, a PSU Assistant Coach is alleged to have witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and a child at a PSU facility; in 1988, another PSU Assistant Coach reportedly witnessed sexual contact between Sandusky and a child; and also in 1988, a child's report of his molestation by Sandusky was allegedly referred to PSU's Athletic Director. There is no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU."

Sandusky is appealing a decades-long sentence for abusing 10 boys.

Paterno was fired following Sandusky's November 2011 arrest and died of lung cancer in January 2012.

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