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REPORT: Joe Paterno Knew of Jerry Sandusky’s Child Abuse Even Earlier than 2001

Philip Keidel - September 9, 2017

As John Oliver put it, every time we think we have reached rock bottom with reference to Joe Paterno’s role in abetting Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse, it turns out that “way up there, way up, above the clouds…that’s rock bottom.”

Hours before #4 Penn State’s hyped game with Pitt today, CNN posted an extensive report which leads with this:

A police report obtained by CNN bolsters evidence that legendary football coach Joe Paterno knew years before Jerry Sandusky’s arrest that his longtime assistant might be sexually abusing children.

There have been very few good days for Paterno Truthers in the past few years. At this point, you imagine there is almost nothing you could tell them about Paterno’s actions or inactions during Sandusky’s abuse spree that would dissuade the “Joe Didn’t Know!” crowd.

But for anyone who might still be willing to listen to reason, the CNN report makes a very compelling case that the infamous shower assault that Mike McQueary walked in on in 2001 — and then went to Paterno with news of — was not the first time Paterno had received reports of Sandusky’s awful crimes:

The one-page Pennsylvania state police report…lays out an account from whistleblower Mike McQueary, who reported to Paterno an incident he had just witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy. Paterno allegedly told McQueary in 2001 that the claim against Sandusky “was the second complaint of this nature he had received,” according to the police report, which was written after Sandusky’s arrest 10 years later.

The police report casts fresh doubt on the mountain of denials by Paterno, his family and his loyalists that the coach knew anything of Sandusky’s serial molestation before the 2001 incident.

It contradicts the head coach’s testimony before a grand jury and his published statement a week before he died in 2012 that he “had ‘no inkling’ that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant” until he heard the shocking allegation from McQueary. Other documents unveiled since Paterno’s death suggest the head coach was told of other similar claims as early as the 1970s.

Even Penn State’s harshest critics must be getting close to the point of being oversaturated with details like these. You either believe Paterno silently, selfishly and perhaps criminally kept what he knew about Sandusky’s malfeasances to himself, or you don’t. The “when” in this story is ultimately far less important than the “how, what, where and why” insofar as Sandusky is almost certainly in jail for life, PSU has settled millions of dollars’ worth of the victims’ claims, and Paterno is long since dead.

That’s the thing, though. Joe Paterno died just the one time.

His legacy has died more deaths than Kenny.

And The Band Played On: Penn State Sidestepped Another Round of Unwanted Publicity

Philip Keidel - September 6, 2017

Editor’s note: Phil Keidel is an attorney, though he doesn’t practice criminal law.

Penn State football was always too big to fail. And, just a few short years after crippling NCAA sanctions and a few silly calls for the program to be shuttered forever, boy, are they ever back.

Last Saturday’s 52-0 hammering of the Akron Zips has the Nittany Lions ranked fourth in the nation by the Associated Press. Happy times are here again in Happy Valley. The fans are back to cheering wildly and the Blue Band is cranked up.

But maybe the happiest time in recent memory for the University itself came the day before.

Friday disseminations of potentially controversial and newsworthy developments are pretty standard anymore. If you can hold the news out until the afternoon, even better.

So it was no surprise that, in the rarest of “let’s drop this here while no one is looking” moves, the Centre County Magisterial District Court chose the Friday afternoon before the Labor Day weekend to issue a series of rulings on the charges stemming from the death of Penn State student Timothy Piazza on February 4. From the Reuters article: Continue Reading

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Al Pacino Will Play Joe Paterno

Kyle Scott - June 6, 2017

HOOAH. SAY HELLO TO MY LITTLE FRIEND. TWO MILLION? I WAS CARRYING THAT AROUND IN RED INK BEFORE YOU EVEN SHOWED UP. LOOK AROUND, EVERYTHING YOU SEE IS SMOKE AND MIRRORS. I GOT THREE MORTGAGES ON THIS HOUSE. WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW? I’M GAMBLING AGAIN!

Those are some of Al Pacino’s best quotes, the latter coming from the best bad movie of all-time, Two For The Money.

In his next project, Pacino may be famous… for saying nothing.

He’ll play Joe Paterno in an upcoming HBO movie. From Philly.com:

An upcoming HBO film will relive the drama, tragedy, and outrage of the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal, with one of the world’s most famous actors playing a lead role.

Al Pacino will portray former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno as he finds himself embroiled in a scandal that rocked the university and made international headlines, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

This isn’t surprising. Reports that Pacino would play Paterno first surfaced in 2012, when the concept was be shopped around. Somehow, Pacino now looks worse than Paterno.

This Penn State Story Is So Outrageously Awful

Kyle Scott - May 8, 2017

There are two mind-blowing parts of the Penn State hazing death grand jury presentment, which has led to charges being brought against 18 Penn State frat members, some for involuntary manslaughter. First, from Philly.com:

At 4, Piazza tried to stand from his position curled up on the fraternity house floor, only to fall face-first into the hardwood floor. An hour later, he staggered into the lobby, stumbled, and hit his head on an iron railing before collapsing once more.

Grand jurors recounted other video footage from just after 5 a.m. showing a prone Piazza, clutching at his sides, as a fraternity member steps twice over his body – once on his way to grab a drink of water and again on his way back to his room. Another allegedly pulled out his phone to film the struggling Piazza before heading back to bed.

Sometime after 7 a.m., Piazza fell down the basement stairs again.

It wasn’t until three hours later that fraternity members Daniel Erickson and Kyle Pecci found the ailing pledge lying on his back with his arms clenched tight at his sides, breathing heavily and bleeding from a gash on his face.

Second, from Onward State:

The clearest evidence of a cover up comes from a deleted text from pledge Daniel Erickson’s phone, where he spreads a story that appears to have been fabricated to hide the fact the brothers waited almost 12 hours to call 911 after Piazza’s initial fall.

“If need be, just tell them what I told you guys, found [Piazza] behind an away bar the next morning around 10 a.m., and he was freezing-cold, but we decided to call 911 instantly, because the kid’s health was paramount,” Erickson wrote, according to the grand jury report.

Despite this, Gilmartin wanted to be sure the pledges kept things under wraps.

“Make sure the pledges keep quiet about last night and the situation,” he said in a text to Casey, to which Casey responded, “they know.” Casey also said to brother Lars Kenyon, “Find that groupme so there’s no evidence on tims [sic]phone.”

What a genuine piece of shit. At a certain point, being a frat boy caught up in frat boy things turns into being a criminal. That point was long before 4 a.m.

Jerry Sandusky’s Son Has Been Charged with Child Sexual Assault

Kyle Scott - February 13, 2017

From WTAJ:

Pennsylvania State Police arrested Jeffrey Sandusky, 41 and charged him with sexually assaulting a child. Sandusky is the adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State football coach who was convicted on multiple counts of child sex abuse.

Sandusky was arraigned on charges Monday afternoon in Bellefonte. His mother, Dottie Sandusky, was also at the District Magistrate’s office.

Pennsylvania State Police began an investigation in November 2016 after a child claims to have received text messages from Sandusky, including some that asked for naked photographs.

According to State Police, Sandusky was dating the child’s mother and had lived in the residence for about five years.

Some family.

Penn State Plans To Honor Joe Paterno Before The Temple Game

Kyle Scott - September 1, 2016

From Onward State:

Penn State plans to honor legendary head coach Joe Paterno prior to kickoff against Temple on Sept. 17. The school will commemorate the 50th anniversary of Paterno’s first game as head coach of the Nittany Lions.

The news was nestled deep in a press release today announcing the season’s promotional calendar. The Athletics Department is officially calling it “Commemorating the 50th anniversary of Coach Paterno’s first game as Penn State head coach,” although it is not yet clear what all that will entail.

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H/T to reader Tom

Allegations That Claim Joe Paterno Knew About Jerry Sandusky’s Crimes in 1976 Unsealed in Court

Jim Adair - July 12, 2016

We’re about one report away from hearing that when they met, Sandusky introduced himself to Paterno as “Jerry Sandusky, child molester.”

In court documents unsealed in a Philadelphia court today, a man known as John Doe 150 testified in 2014 that he told Joe Paterno that he, then age 14 in 1976, was a victim of Sandusky’s. This was the testimony previously alluded to, but is now unsealed:

The victim, who was identified in court records as John Doe 150, said that while he was attending a football camp at Penn State, Sandusky touched him as he showered. Sandusky’s finger penetrated the boy’s rectum, Doe testified in court in 2014, and the victim asked to speak with Paterno about it. Doe testified that he specifically told Paterno that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him, and Paterno ignored it.

According to the Washington Post, the court documents contain possibly the most disgusting claim against Paterno yet:

“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?’” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.

“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”

Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.

Meanwhile, the Paterno family is still very much beating the “Joe didn’t do anything wrong” drum that is getting closer to matching the tempo of the “O.J.’s didn’t do it” beat. They said in a statement that PSU’s payout to Sandusky victims was done “‘without fully assessing the underlying facts’ and [it was] ‘something that the University obviously felt they had to do to help resolve this matter.'” They are not happy:

The materials released today relating to Joe Paterno allege a conversation that occurred decades ago where all parties except the accuser are now dead. In addition, there are numerous specific elements of the accusations that defy all logic and have never been subjected to even the most basic objective examination. Most significantly, there is extensive evidence that stands in stark contrast to this claim…

When the Sandusky scandal first became public in 2011, there was a lot of rhetoric in the media about using this case as a model to help prevent other child sex abuse scandals. Sadly, one of the lessons from the Sandusky tragedy is how not to investigate a crime of this type.

The Paterno’s didn’t say what the “extensive evidence” in contrast to that claim is, but the unsealed records also contain “excerpts from depositions given by accusers who contend they reported abuse to Paterno or members of his staff in the 1970s and ’80s.”

Just last week, 200 former lettermen petitioned the school to return the Joe Paterno statue, “return the wall that rested behind the statue and celebrated Penn State accomplishments, and issue a formal apology to Paterno’s widow.” In light of these documents – and the fact that statues, especially those erected while the honoree is still alive, are pretty weird – maybe they should take their wins and their restored scholarships and realize that’s probably good enough.

UPDATE: So, Joe Paterno Knew about Jerry Sandusky as Far Back as 1976, Allegedly

Kyle Scott - May 5, 2016

From Penn Live:

A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal Thursday.

It came in the form of a single line in a court order on a related insurance coverage case involving Penn State, and its full ramifications can’t immediately be gauged.

But that line was eye-popping in itself.

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.”

The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.

These guys might want to hold off on rebuilding those two statues.

UPDATEPhilly.com reports Penn State paid to settle the claims:

Pennsylvania State University paid settlements to end claims that Joe Paterno and other coaches at the school knew as early as the 1970s that Jerry Sandusky was sexually assaulting children, according to court filings and a person familiar with the payouts.

One accuser was a child when he allegedly told Paterno in 1976 that Sandusky had molested him. Two assistant coaches witnessed Sandusky’s misconduct with children in the 1980s, and a former athletic director also was told about sexual contact between the former assistant coach and a child, the filings state.

Oh, wow.