Report: Paterno Knew of Sandusky Allegations Since 1976
The allegations emerged from a court order on an insurance case against Penn State University.
“In 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky,” it states.
The document also cites instances in 1987 and 1988 when assistant coaches witnessed “inappropriate” and “sexual” contact between Sandusky and a child. In 1988, a child reported that he had been molested by Sandusky and this report was “allegedly referred to PSU’s Athletic Director.”
In the Freeh Report, it was revealed that Paterno knew of a 1998 investigation into Sandusky despite the fact that he testified that the first he’d heard of any allegations was in 2001.
Additionally, it was revealed that athletic director Tim Curley, President Graham Spanier and campus administrator Gary Schultz decided to alert the PA Department of Welfare that an assistant had witnessed Sandusky in the shower with a minor. Curley changed his mind, however, after speaking with Paterno and the information was not passed on.
UPDATE: Jeremy Roebuck and Susan Snyder of the Inquirer are reporting that Penn State settled the claims from the 1970’s and 1980’s that are mentioned in the Patriot-News’ report.