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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soundoff (146 Responses)
  1. Portland tony

    What's the going price for being abused 100 years ago......maybe 50 years ago.......perhaps 15 years ago? I should get something .....maybe season tickets to this years football games?

    July 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dawn in Canada

      So, if they were molested they should just keep their mouths shut because someone like you might assume they were just doing it for the money? Hmmm.....that would reveal more about YOUR motives and ethics than theirs.....if you assume that's their motivation then you are just projecting your own paucity of moral fibre.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karina

      I am sure that shame (though not justified) has kept many abuse victims silent. When others give them a voice they can finally speak and start putting it behind them. I can only imagine how such abuse affects your life profoundly and the victim absolutely deserves compensation for this pain.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      I think you just earned a dunce cap.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kim Jong-Il

    More stories like this are going to continue to leak out as the years pass, some real, some not.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sure sure

    sue PSU and anyone else involved into bankrupsy! those who rose for / with Money shall fall with / by Money.

    July 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. tribecagal

    Should we be surprised?

    July 16, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. lindaluttrell

    Can we just go ONE day with seeing this creep's face on the news??? Lock him in a dark dungeon and forever and out of the news already.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Obama Mama

    One word "pattern".

    July 16, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. not looking good

    Looks like Paterno was hiding a monster for a long time. I dont understand why someone would allow this guy to get away with it for so long, looks like it went really far back. Take down the Paternos.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  8. jenny

    and i'm sure paterno knew then also......dic

    July 16, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tony

    College "Sports". What a terrific and really important aspect of getting a college education, so we can design and build superior products to India and Choina, here at home.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • RogueAries

      where is choina located?

      July 17, 2012 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  10. edvhou812

    And this is a surprise? Sandusky started Green Mile in 1977, and it is well known the pedophiles often have offended long before they were finally caught.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fredo

    I wonder what went on in the PSU locker rooms with Joe Pa and Jerry? I think that 'ol Joe was Jerry's boi.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Newmoon2

    Why does this not surprise me (or anyone else)? No way there were just 10 victims of this guy. He's been doing this for DECADES. Probably was done to HIM as a child. That story will probably come out, too.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tanya

    My hope is that all of the people that knew about this perv and said nothing for the sake of football, get theirs too.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Mary

    Cnn, do some real reporting... Mrs. Sandusky, and enablers like her, that's where the story IS ! You see this behind every story you print on the Raypist... the without whom all this would NOT be possible !
    You did it on the Archbishop convicted of covering up the priest dirty deeds that were under him.
    One out of how many on the raypists ... come on !!!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Paterno was a fellow...


    Simple as that. Its part of the culture of g_ays.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • claybigsby

      "Its part of the culture of g_ays."

      Wrong, but I guess its cool to generalize one group of people. Awesome! Here is my generalization...

      Christians, 10 year old boys, part of the culture of being christian/catholic.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Petfriendly1

      You have no idea what you're talking about. Being gay has NOTHING to do with pedophilia. Nothing.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
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