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. Don

    I really hope that the name "Paterno" is erased from the PSU campus. No matter how much money he gave rto the University, it does nothing to mitigate his failings and complicity int he cover-up. Shakespeare was right: the evil that men do lives on; the good is oft interred with their bones. The cult-like dependency on Paterno from some PSU supporters is really disturbing and a major contributing factor to why this went on for so long. Sickening...

    July 16, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Josh

      Very well said.

      Too bad Paterno's family is clinging onto their denial so dearly.

      July 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • SCOTO

      Very good and an appropriate quote from the bard which is all too true

      July 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach

      Where does it say Paterno in this article. He did not molest anyone. LEARN TO READ. I understand that the press is glorifying Paterno in this, but there is no proof of any wrong doing on his part, other than what he admitted/

      July 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • T

      Agreed. It's a shame the student rioted for him. To me, it puts me off the whole idea of even considering having my children attend Penn State. The whole culture is backward. The whole school is polluted with this idea of sainting him.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  2. c

    There is no telling how many kids this old devil abused.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. disgusted

    give him a prison sentence in absentia...

    July 16, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jo blo

    It is a shame none of these so called men put a stop to the crimes against other children that followed. They might as well keep their traps shut now unless they are looking for a cut of the money. Much like Saddam's statue was torn down, so should J. Paterno's statue be. In other words, his statue should be Saddamized.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. OPEN400

    I am deeply disturbed by the anti-Italian anti-Catholic prejudices that have come out. Because what we see in the media, we assume that a successful Italian that he might be doing something illegal. If someone is a Catholic, we automatically assume that the Catholic condones pedophilia. Both prejudices are wrong and should be condemned. The State College police and DA dropped the ball here, not the football coach. If the State College police and DA are taking their orders from Paterno(as is alleged) than you have totally dysfunctional police force and DA. Where is the investigation into the State College police and DA’s office? It is easy and convenient to just blame it all on Paterno – after all, he is dead and cannot say anything in his defense.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Secret {Police

      I think its pretty clear that no ones putting all the blame on Paterno...i think the school will have and should have a lot more to answer for as well as the DA who failed to prosecute years ago...but all of you Penn State addicts need to get out of denial phase...Paterno was part of cover up...not only was he part of it, but if he hadnt died he prolly be on trial for purjury like other school officials...what defines Paternos legacy to you? now think about how he helped cover up Sandusky raping children for decades...his legacy doesnt really stand for much now does it?

      July 16, 2012 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Romin2003

      Open, a really good friend of mine back in the country I was born, participated in a protest asking for the priest at her catholic parish to be defrocked and surrendered to the authorities following more than a dozen complaints of child abuse against him. At the end, the priest was simply transferred to a remote parish in another Godforsaken country where, I have no doubts about it, he will continue to abuse children aided by the tacit complicity of his superiors. When I confronted my friend (I am an ex-Catholic) she told me that "there is nothing they can do, and least he was no longer her parish's problems. I am sorry, but I do not call her actions and the actions of the rest of her 800-members parish to be a "condemnation" of the priest's vile acts. This happens day in and day out in countries less advanced than the US, and Catholics are doing NADA about it. NADA.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Loki

    Sue the living daylights out of the Paterno estate and Penn State University. Bankrupt them. Paterno and crew are as bad as Sandusky.

    July 16, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • NoMoJoe

      .... and give the money to victims of child abuse and the (legitimate) organizations that serve them.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Randy

    I think there's more who knew about this. In 2006 there was an investigation done by the Attourney General' office. So,all these years Paterno and the other 3 were the only ones who covered up? I'm not saying what Paterno did is right. Not one of the 30 or 40 Board of Trustee's knew????? Looks like this is,let's blame dead guy!!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  8. NoMoJoe

    The statue needs to come down. The Lasch Building needs to come down. PSU's cultist football program needs to come down. Sell it all for scrap and give the money to the victims. None of the boys and men who were victimized by this sick PSU culture and the creeps who ran it should ever have to work another day in their lives, and their children should have their college costs covered. PSU (Pedophile Sustainability University) owes them AT LEAST that much.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brian

    In addition to the civil and criminal litigation, the NCAA should impose a 3 year "death penalty" on the football program. Allow the current student athletes to transfer, without penalty, to other schools so the wrong people aren't punished. Sanctions were levied against other schools for recruiting violations, free tattoos etc. I think the raping of children, with the knowledge of the university and it's coaching staff brings it to a whole new level.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bill

    Randy. No one is just blaming Paterno alone. But his statue is still up and he was the face of PSU for all these years. If anyone else had a statue, they would have to come down as well. This is not blaming everything on a "dead guy" as you put it. The fact that you believe others may have known indicate that you are at least not in complete denial as so many others are.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Report abuse |
  11. RugbyTeam

    I was abused by Sandusky! Where do I sign up? There must be a long line and a huge pay off!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • MissKitty

      Your comment is NOT funny.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. justwrong1

    DAH, This Isn't Breaking News People, A Pedoiphile Starts Young & Never Stops, DAH!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • riamb60

      So true !!

      July 16, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Akeem

    Another Romney voter in prison, what a shame. OBAMA 2012!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • ralph k

      I'm sure Obama would be in prison too if he was caught dealing drugs in his high school years . Akeem, you're a loser, get a life.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jackie22

    I've been waiting for earlier victims to come forward. Child molesters like Jerry Sandusky start pretty young and continue offending well into old age. When his defense attorneys insisted, during the trial, that child predators don't start molesting suddenly I thought, "Exactly!"

    July 16, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Peggy

    I guess there will be no appeal-you think!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
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