Scott Paterno (l.) calls the allegations that his father knew of Jerry Sandusky’s molestations as early as 1976 ‘bunk.’
Scott Paterno is coming to his father’s defense following the release of new documents that claim the legendary Penn State football coach knew of Jerry Sandusky’s child molestations as early as 1976.
“For context, story is in ‘76 JVP protected an obscure assistant coach no one had yet heard of, when JVP had kids ages 4-14,” Scott Paterno wrote on Twitter, using his father’s initials.
The allegation was revealed Thursday in an order issued by Philadelphia Judge Gary Glazer in litigation between an insurance company and Penn State. The order also cited reports by unnamed assistant coaches who said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children, according to Pennlive.com. Glazer wrote there was “no evidence that reports of these incidents ever went further up the chain of command at PSU.”
Sandusky is serving a decades-long prison sentence for abusing 10 boys dating back to the 1990s. In November, Penn State disclosed that it had settled 32 claims related to Sandusky totalling $93 million.
In 2001, Paterno told university officials that an assistant coach told him he had witnessed Sandusky acting inappropriately with a child in a team shower, and in 2011 told a grand jury that he didn’t know of any other incidents involving his former assistant.
The Jerry Sandusky scandal costs Joe Paterno his job as Penn State’s football coach.
The latest documents cast doubt on that statement from Paterno, who died in January 2012, months after Sandusky was arrested. Penn State fired Paterno on Nov. 11, 2011 along with university presiden Graham Spanier.
The allegations were made in victim depositions taken in the insurance case, but those depositions remain under seal, Pennlive.com reported.
Sandusky is appealing a decades-long sentence for abusing 10 boys during encounters that went back to the 1990s. He had met the boys through the children’s charity he founded in 1977.
On Thursday, Sandusky was granted a hearing as he pursues appeals in his 45-count child sexual abuse conviction.
— With News Wire Services