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Report: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim

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Report: Joe Paterno may have known of earlier Jerry Sandusky abuse claim

More evidence has surfaced that late Penn State head coach Joe Paterno knew of at least one other allegation his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky may have been sexually abusing children, according to CNN.

A state police report obtained by CNN states when Mike McQueary reported an incident in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy to Paterno in 2001, Paterno allegedly told McQueary his claim "was the second complaint of this nature he had received," per CNN.

According to the report, Paterno and McQueary did not discuss the other complaint. The police report was not written until after Sandusky's arrest in 2011, according to the report.

McQueary, a former Penn State coach, was the star witness in the case against Sandusky and his allegations led to Sandusky's 2012 conviction of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years, with three victims coming after McQueary told Paterno about the incident in 2001.

Sandusky is serving his sentence of 30 to 60 years in prison and he has an appeal pending.

Paterno testified before a grand jury and in a published statement in 2012, he had "no inkling" about Sandusky until McQueary came to him in 2001. One day after he heard McQueary's allegation, Paterno reported it to his superiors.

However, court documents released in 2016 say that in 1976, Paterno told a teenage boy who reported being abused by Sandusky in a shower to him that he had "a football season to worry about."

Paterno died of lung cancer in January 2012 just two months after being fired by Penn State. The CNN report contradicts Paterno, his family and his supporters' denials the head coach had prior knowledge of Sandusky's abuse.

Last week, Penn State filed paperwork with the intention to sue The Second Mile, the charity Sandusky founded.

In June, three former Penn State administrators — including former president Graham B. Spanier — were sentenced to at least two months in prison for failing to report child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky.

White House communications director criticized for citing Joe Paterno quote about honor

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White House communications director criticized for citing Joe Paterno quote about honor

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- President Donald Trump's new communications director is getting sacked on social media for quoting Joe Paterno while making a point about honor and dignity.

Anthony Scaramucci mentioned the late Penn State football coach's oft-cited line "act like you've been there before" during a CNN interview Thursday about his push to stop leaks to the press.

Penn State fired Paterno in 2011 over his handling of child sex abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. A university-commissioned investigation concluded Paterno and others hushed up the allegations for fear of bad publicity.

Paterno, one of college football's winningest coaches, died of lung cancer in January 2012 at 85. He was never charged with a crime.

When Paterno died, Scaramucci tweeted he'd met the coach twice and considered him an "honorable man."

Paterno family drops lawsuit against NCAA over Freeh report

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Paterno family drops lawsuit against NCAA over Freeh report

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania -- Late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno's family dropped a lawsuit Friday against the NCAA over its use of a report in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal to punish Paterno and the university.

Paterno's estate, his son Jay and former assistant William Kenney discontinued their case. The NCAA called it a voluntary decision and said there was no payment involved.

NCAA chief legal officer Donald Remy claimed a total victory for his organization, which he said acted reasonably in adopting conclusions from a university-commissioned report authored by a team led by former FBI director Louis Freeh.

"The Paterno family characterized this case as a `search for the truth,'" Remy said. "Its decision today, after years of investigation and discovery, to abandon its lawsuit rather than subject those facts to courtroom examination is telling."

He said the Paterno family wasted time, effort and money in the case.

In response to a text message from AP, Jay Paterno referred to a one-page statement released by his mother and Joe's widow, Sue Paterno. In it, she said the family had accomplished its goals and continuing litigation would not yield anything new.

"In the fallout from the Sandusky tragedy and the subsequent mishandling of the investigation by the board and Louis Freeh, I was determined to do everything in my power to defend the honor of Penn State and set the record straight on Joe," Sue Paterno said. "Although the fight has been long and difficult, enormous progress has been made. The unprecedented sanctions imposed on the University were reversed. The wins, which were unjustly stripped from the players, were reinstated. And even Mr. Freeh has stated under oath that his many alleged `findings' were, in fact, merely his opinions."

The lawsuit had claimed that college sports' governing body damaged the Paterno estate's commercial interests through its use of the Freeh report. Kenney and Jay Paterno alleged the Freeh report rendered them unable to find comparable coaching work.

The Freeh report concluded Joe Paterno and other administrators hushed up a 2001 complaint against Sandusky showering with a boy, for fear of bad publicity.

Paterno, who died in early 2012, was never charged criminally, but three others who were at high-ranking jobs when he was coach are expected to soon report to jail to serve criminal sentences for their response to the 2001 complaint.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier was convicted in March of misdemeanor child endangerment for his failure to report the complaint about Sandusky apparently sexually abusing a boy on campus. Former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz had earlier pleaded guilty to the same charge.

The judge who sentenced Curley, Schultz and Spanier did not spare Paterno, saying he could have called police "without so much as getting his hands dirty. Why he didn't is beyond me."

The three are expected to report to county prison July 15 to serve two or three months.

The Paterno family and his legion of supporters have long objected bitterly to the Freeh report's depiction of the hall of fame coach as having failed to do the right thing in 2001. Sandusky had been one of Joe Paterno's top assistants for decades before his 1999 retirement.

Paterno told a grand jury in 2011 he did not know of child molestation allegations against Sandusky before 2001. But an insurer has alleged, a judge noted in a court document last year, that a child told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him, a claim Paterno's family has strongly denied.

Jay Paterno, a Nittany Lions assistant coach for 17 years, was elected by alumni in May to a seat on the Penn State board. He starts as a trustee next month.

The university removed a statue of Joe Paterno from outside the football stadium in the wake of the Sandusky scandal, and it has not been replaced.

The NCAA also took away 111 of Paterno's wins, but they have since been restored, and with it his status as major college football's winningest coach with 409 victories.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys. He maintains his innocence while serving a 30- to 60-year sentence, and is appealing.