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More details on what Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky child rapes

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted for child sex abuse

CNN obtained a police report that claimed assistant coach Mike McQueary told police that longtime head coach Joe Paterno previously knew about Sandusky abusing boys.

According to the police report, McQueary's account was that "Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face" and that the Hall of Fame coach's "eyes appeared to well up with tears".

The line in question states that one of Penn State's insurers has claimed "in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU's Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky."

Later in 2012, Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys and was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison. Sandusky is in jail and is now appealing the court's ruling. Relatives and supporters of the iconic football coach have continued to deny any claims that Paterno had prior knowledge of sexual abuse by Sandusky.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa
Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob Mc Queary and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno sometimes referred to as JoePa

There was a live concern about not making the Sandusky case a trial of Penn State or Paterno, because of uncertainty about what kind of impact that could have had on jurors. According to the victim, Paterno responded: "I don't want to hear any of that stuff", saying he had a football season to "worry about". Paterno didn't testify on the emails because Penn State's investigation was released after Paterno died. After witnessing Sandusky abusing a boy, McQueary went to Paterno to report what he saw.

But as the source speaking with PennLive Saturday noted, the coach's death in January 2012 - before that email thread came to light - made it impossible to circle back to Paterno on the specifics of his recommendations at that time.

It is also far from the documented evidence that Paterno knew about Sandusky's behavior before McQueary walked into his office that day in 2001.

In the wake of Sandusky's arrest, Paterno was sacked from Penn State in November 2011, after 46 years as head football coach. As for Paterno, he passed away in 2012, shortly after being fired from Penn State as a result of his involvement (or lack thereof) in the matter.

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