Report: Three men claim they were abused by Sandusky in '70s, '80s
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky leaves court after being convicted in his child rape trial.
July 16th, 2012
12:28 PM ET

Report: Three men claim they were abused by Sandusky in '70s, '80s

Police are aware of three men who say they were abused in the 1970s or 1980s by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky, CNN contributor Sara Ganim reports for the Harrisburg Patriot News.

The allegations are the first to involve claims of abuse by the coach before the 1990s. During Sandusky's child rape trial, his defense argued that it is rare for someone to suddenly become a pedophile in their later years.

After a three-week trial featuring emotional and often graphic testimony from eight of the former Penn State assistant football coach's victims, a 12-person jury late Friday night convicted him on 45 of 48 counts. There were convictions related to all 10 victims alleged by prosecutors, with the three not-guilty verdicts applying to three individuals.

The verdict prompted people in central Pennsylvania to breathe a sigh of relief, believing a man many called a "monster" would pay the price for his crimes and their impact on his victims, as well as the Penn State community.

As the jury was deliberating, more accusers - including his own adopted son - were speaking publicly for the first time about alleged abuse.

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  1. skwirrl

    If they tear up Paterno's house they'll probably find children's bones in the basement.

    July 16, 2012 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      Wow, what a thoughtful and likely correct statement.

      July 17, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • watergirl

      Where is Dexter when you need him?

      July 18, 2012 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  2. skwirrl

    And for the guy in 1st page of comments that said being gay has nothing to do with being pedophiles... Actually they believe people are born pedophiliacs now. Just like you're born gay. One deviant lifestyle is just accepted by society and the other isn't I guess.

    July 16, 2012 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary

    Those who knew at Penn State should utimately pay a price, yet the one at the ROOT is Mrs. Sandusky who has been their from the begining.
    while “good touch, bad touch” talks may help, children can’t be expected to carry the burden of awareness and prevention.
    Yet, Dottie and eventually Matt Sandusky in adult years were the key to preventing this monster from doing his dirty deeds.
    The law in many ways has protected
    the enabler Mrs. Sandusky by way of the spouse not having to testify against her husband
    All organized religion, only now having a landmark decision just weeks ago against an Archbishop who kept his mouth shut
    Boyscouts of America, having to release THOUSANDS of reports on Scout leaders who rayped
    We should not forget the Adoption area, were by those predators can pick and choose their victims with state help.

    The LAW in particular IS responsible for giving safe haven to the Mrs Sandusky's of this word.
    It comes down to this: If complicity isn’t proved in court, does that make it any less a crime?

    July 16, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. OPEN400

    It is easy to blame the coach for everything because he is dead. It is easy to say he was Italian and succesful, so doing illegal things is "in his blood". It is easy to say that because Paterno was Catholic he condoned pedophilia. It is hard to believe that the State College police and the local DA took orders from the local football coach! Really? The police and the DA refused to further watch Sandusky because they were worried what they local footall coach would say or do? What kind of police department and local DA doese State College have? BTW: State College is the name of the town
    that Penn State is located to Penn State where Sandusky lived. University Park is the name of the actual campus. People blogging here do not seem to understand this.

    July 17, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Rogers

      Thanks for the geography lesson. If you know that much, then you know Paterno was not merely the "local football coach."

      July 17, 2012 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • zeke

      If Joe had only done more........... that's interesting

      The 9/11 tragedy would not have occured........... if the FBI had only done more

      The Challenger and Columbia would not have exploded .............if NASA had only done more

      The Katrina victims would have suffered less.......if FEMA had only done more

      JFK would not have been assassinated........... if the Secret Service had only done more

      The list is essentially endless...............

      July 17, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • watergirl

      Katrina was the failing of the City and the Governor, not FEMA. Your local governments are in charge of disasters, FEMA provides support. Governors get insane powers under declarations, and this one didn't do a thing with it.

      July 18, 2012 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  5. Ted Wu, Los Angeles

    Just look at the numbers: Based on the number of victims the Penn State football coach or assistant coach had in the past several decades, one can safely and sadly imagine the number of those victimized by the so-called priests of the Catholic Church in the past centuries. Horror of horrors!

    July 17, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jay

    Ask yourself this question....Why would nature intentionally make a gay organism? Population control? What? I don't believe animals are born gay.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Jay

    All in all, how many kids did Sandusky molest? Its staggering how many cases are suddenly springing up everywhere.

    July 18, 2012 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
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