Former? Penn State?coach Joe Paterno allegedly told former assistant Mike McQueary in 2001 that it wasn't the first time he had heard that Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused children, according to a 2011 Pennsylvania State Police report obtained by CNN.
As McQueary recalled it some nine years later, when he reported what he saw to his boss and former coach the next morning, Joe Paterno said it was the second time that he had heard that type of report about Sandusky.
CNN obtained a copy of a Pennsylvania state trooper's report from a November 2011 interview with Nittany Lions assistant coach Mike McQueary, who initially reported the locker-room incident a decade earlier.
The legendary coach JoePa, as his fans knew him, died in January 2012 at the age of 85, shortly after he was sacked in November 2011 amid revelations that assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused close to a dozen boys on the Penn State campus.
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.
Efforts to reach the Paterno family Saturday were not immediately successful.
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Last year, unsealed court records revealed that one accuser said he told Paterno about locker room abuse in 1976.
Sandusky was sentenced in October 2012 to 30 to 60 years in prison, essentially a life sentence for the 73-year-old.
Paterno died in January 2012.
The report casts new doubt on the denials by Paterno's family and supporters that the legendary coach new nothing about Sandusky's sexual abuse of children.
In his own testimony before a state grand jury the year before, the coach initially indicated the 2001 assault in the Lasch Football Building showers reported by McQueary was the first such incident that he knew of. You can definitely say with Paterno and argue with McQueary that despite them legally doing the right thing, they could have done more to make sure authorities got to Jerry Sandusky before he could harm any more kids.
Per Ganim, "emails released in 2012 as part of Penn State's internal investigation led by former FBI Director Louis Freeh show Paterno was mentioned as part of email discussions in 1998 involving a similar allegation against Sandusky". "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".