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. Mary

    Well before the 2001 investigation. SHE KNEW !!!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • S

      The wives always know....

      July 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Even in his own book Jerry has a picture of his future wife and her mother and father looking somber, right after he purposed to Dottie! I sure as heck would be beaming from ear to ear afterwards, Hmmm what does that tell ya?

    July 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Original Phantom

      I have not a clue. Why don't you tell us.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mary


    July 16, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. greg

    I hope the other prisoners give Sandusky "special treatment". Burn in Hell Paterno.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • LarryB

      Of course, the current Catholic pope knew of the existence of pedophile priests and did nothing to protect their victims. The pope even authored a letter saying he couldn't do anything because of "canon law" – as much of a cop-out as anything Penn State authorities ever used. So, is the pope going to burn in hell too, just like Paterno?

      July 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    The protection of a marriage is placed above and beyond the protection of a child, and in this case, it rings true!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. david

    Like the janitors who fear the so called ellite.....its likely the ellite put fear into so many victims......make it a public execution to those that have no regard for the safety of children. joe dead maybe sandusky will get his death in prison and hang the rest.......

    July 16, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Charlotte

    Oh, what a surprise. Not. Abusers go for decades sometimes precisely because victims are loathe to come forward (especially if it's a "he said / she said" – or in this case "he said / he said" situation), so unless there is an outside witness – an eventual slip-up – it just goes on and goes on. I myself was abused and inappropriately molested by a close relative and have only told one person in the intervening 35 years – my current boyfriend. I have sometimes wondered whether my sister suffered the same treatment. In any case, just because someone doesn't open up about it for a long time, doesn't mean it didn't happen. In Sandusky's case, the evidence is overwhelming that this guy was a chronic offender and it comes as no surprise to learn that he victimized little boys far earlier than the recent criminal charges address.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Why would one come forward when people like Mrs. Sandusky keep the secret.
      The basement was NOT sound proof ... I could hear a boys screams with my one bad ear.
      She knew and could have prevented it! SHE KNEW!

      July 16, 2012 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jan

    Mrs. Sandusky knew this was going on she also heard those boys screams from the basement. She is lying through her teeth when she said she did not hear them. She needs to be in prison also for life. Can you imagine the pain and anguish
    those boys went through?

    July 16, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. marjee123

    I think a lot of the reason that these young men wouldn't come forward was because this was shameful to them and they didn't want people to know. You can't convince them that it was not their fault. They were young and this guy had all the control. Even tho, I think that is why a lot are now coming forward, they just got up the nerve. Again IT IS NO WAY THEIR FAULT.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JoAnn

    Of course there were earlier victims and who knows how many! He was always a pedophile, it just took longer for him to get caught; and if he hadn't he'd still be on the prowl.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  11. honestdave

    This just begs why the current governor didn't uncover any of this as the Pa AG, or as a member of the board of trustees when in both capacities he was aware and or investigating. This is a failure of more than just the people at PSU, local and state law enforcement also failed these kids. The current uproar is over what PSU found through their investigation in which the FBI guy states opinion as fact, which leaves room for doubt. No one from the local cops to the governor seems to be doing an independent investigation. PSU lifted their curtain and showed us what they found, where's the official state report? That will probably come out right after the next election for governor.

    July 16, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kim Jong-Il

    Whatever happened to that prosecutor who disappered while investigating Sandusky?

    July 16, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Original Phantom

      There's no solution to that disappearance. He had declined to prosecute Sandy.

      July 16, 2012 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Mary

    A child isn't that good of an actor, someone in the home knows and is enabling the abuse to continue

    July 16, 2012 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  14. banasy©

    Nasty, ugly piece of work.
    May he receive exactly what he deserves!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Drew

    No surprise whatsoever that he likely committed similar acts much earlier. As his own defense said at trial, it's rare for someone to become a pedophile in their 50s. Clearly, he did not become a pedophile in his 50s. He's more than likely been one all along. And, no doubt, some of his early victims may just not feel it's worthwhile to come forward at this point, given that some of them may be in their 40s or 50s with grown kids or even grandkids of their own. What a monster!

    July 16, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
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