Insurer alleges Joe Paterno told of Sandusky's abuse in 1976

Written by The Associated Press | May 6, 2016 4:52 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A judge says insurers in litigation with Penn State allege a boy told coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he had been molested by Jerry Sandusky.

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

Sandusky is serving decades in prison for sexual abuse of boys, the earliest incident in 1998.

Paterno went to university higher-ups with an assistant's 2001 report of Sandusky abusing a child in a team shower, and told a grand jury in 2011 he didn't "know of anything else" involving Sandusky.

A Paterno family spokesman says there's no evidence to corroborate the new disclosure and that Paterno never covered up Sandusky's actions.

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."

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