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. Analystgirl

    The offender has been convicted and sentanced. Paterno is gone. However, the stain remains. Shut down the precious football team for five years and let things cool off. Then prove you will protect children in the future before your precious football can return.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bearstuff

      What about the student athletes that are there? Do they loose their scholarships? Do athletes playing other sports that are paid for from football dollars lose their scholarships too? What about the people whose jobs will be lost (vendors, janitors, parking lot attendants, hotel workers, restaurant workers, etc) as a fallout of no football games?

      It's easy to have a knee jerk reaction to this. I'd prefer a well measured one.

      July 16, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Bryan Micon

    99% of the people in this thread DON"T REALLY CARE ABOUT CHILDREN. If you did, you wouldn't buy goods from China which are made via child labor in sweatshop conditions. ESPECIALLY NIKE PRODUCTS. If you people really cared, you wouldn't allow half the teams in the NCAA and every NFL team sign Nike contracts. JUSTIFY THIS TO ME. You buy goods made from child labor and you pretend to care about children? HYPOCRITES.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Poolchick

      I can honestly say I don't have any nike products. Where do you do your shopping though? You do realize almost everything from Wal-Mart is from China as well as other major stores? You must be naked and hungry by now.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • aaron

      what choices do we have moron? go naked and hungry to prove a point? What choices did those kids have? What a man you are trying to take away from these Children by deflecting blame on US for buying products from China.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan Micon

      Point is stop pretending you care about children when you buy Chinese goods made from child labor. It is possible to buy most of your stuff made in the USA. You just don't want to. You'd rather pay money for chinese goods and let the global corporations profit off the exploitation of children. Most of you are weak minded and simply piling on to what the media tells you to. If you had half a soul you would see child labor has affected thousands of children and demand something be done about it. It's an inconvenient truth most of you just want to ignore.

      July 16, 2012 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jenny

    so the most this university is willing to do is to remove the "halo" on paternos head from the mural....sounds more and more like the board of trustees is as cowardly as paterno....they seem affraid to take a stand against him even when he is dead....darn...thats some power of the people......nittany lions that roar are now the meowing cowardly lions....guess they are still affraid of the mighty oz....even though he ios dead.....weird...

    July 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. aaron

    Anyone that still supports Joe Paterno and PSU is a sick individual. The statue needs to come down. Everything associated with Joe Paterno should be taken down and locked away for ever

    July 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mklsgl

    "The more I learn, the less I know, and what I know is all too much"

    July 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. riamb60

    His father Arthur Sandusky founded and run the Brownson House, I am sure that is pedophile behavior started right there and then.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ChuckB

    Yes, as someone said elsewhere, he didn't start doing this in the 90s. There may be scores more that he abused in his life.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Reds

    I hope Paterno is burning in hell this very minute. Hopefully Sandusky will join him soon.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. PCH

    Wow – this Sandusky guy is a piece of work – although, he is now qualified to become Pope!

    July 16, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. owtdorsmn

    I disagree. I don't even like PSU, but I dont' think Joe Paterno's legacy should be stained by the systematic business that is PSU to delegate procedure. I think Joe followed what the university policy for discipline was. It is hard when you know you have some information that could bring the school down, and deal with it logically. For years there was a breakdown with how to deal with problem athletes and coaches, because the school couldn't afford bad publicity. I still believe Joe did a great job as a coach. But a lousy job during the scandal. But I can't hate him. I hate the policy the university president and board dictated to Joe, athletic department, university camput police, etc. And they sat smug in that room blaming a dead guy and a pedophile. Typical no accountability on the university board of directors at all. The true blame starts at the top. Then trickles down. It isn't all Joes fault, nor does Joe deserve all the publicity directed at him. Sick of hypocrits.

    July 16, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jenn

      Clearly you haven't educated yourself with all the actual findings of the investigations. Joe knew of the 1998 investigtion which he denied during his grand jury testimony. He also made the call not to report the 2001 incident to the authorities. Again, HE MADE THE CALL, the others followed through with his suggestion. Policy shmolicy!! Joe lived by his own rules, made them up as they suited him. He was the only one with enough lone pwer to stop Sandusky in his tracks and he didn't. That is why there is so much focus on him. He was the man with all the power and he did nothing. Turned a blind eye to scores of young boys being victimized.

      July 17, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. EJ in Metro Houston

    I feel very much for the victims because this is something they will have to deal with for the rest of their lives, even if they in the long run win certain civil suites. Yet I can't help but wonder either Sandusky is putting on a darn good act, or he really doesn't know what is going on here. He looks like a person who is confused, like he is wondering why this is happening to him, and even in denial that he did anything wrong. Some shrink needs to get in his head and see what is going on in there. I will not go as far as to say I feel sorry for him, but I do wonder if the elevator is going all the way to the top in his case.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. owtdorsmn

    I'm not condoning Joe's actions for this, but I can't blame him for everything. He is at the center standing next to Sandusky. I think there are others that should be at the center of this thing, President, assistant coach, and everyone on the board of trustees. Cause they all knew!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Andreea

    Please tell me were is the place of Sandusky s wife in this case.She was a mother also both of them made adoptions.She was home everything (almost) was going on under her roof..Everybody s fault but hers.Doesnt make sense.Do you think she didnt know who was her husband for more than 30 years?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • tjg

      I absolutely agree, Andrea. I think Mrs. Sandusky has known about her husband's pedophilia for a VERY long time. But, hey, her silence bought her a lot of comfortable living and privileges, and it was easy to be in denial and overlook what she knew to be true. God help us.

      July 16, 2012 at 8:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. anon

    I'm just waiting to see how much time Sandusky gets when sentenced. Maybe we should make bets on who gets the closest time. Am I the only one who noticed the DRASTIC change in his facial expressions after being sentenced compared to the befores?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • HPNIII

      Anything less than 35 years will be disgrace.

      July 16, 2012 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tracey

      I'm glad I'm not the only one who noticed the facial expressions. I couldn't understand why he always had that smirk on his face, I bet he thought he was not going to be found guilty

      July 16, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. DAISY6767

    I've been very disturbed by the whole Jerry Sandusky case! When are we going to start making people responsible for
    their actions????? Joe Paterno, president, vice president and athletic director (4) men did nothing!!!!!!

    July 16, 2012 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • susanfrompa

      Have you been watching the news? Do you really not think these men are being held accountable? Paterno is dead. Curly and Schultz have lost EVERYTHING and are going to jail. Spanier is right behind them. What does accountable mean to you? You want them gutted and hung from a bridge?

      July 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Neither did the Department of Public Welfare, Child and Youth Protective Services, the DA (Gricar) and the Prosecutor in In 1998 Sandusky was first identified as a molestor. Gricar (now declared dead) dropped the charges and no one to this day will explain why. The prosecutor refused to be interviewed by Freeh. Supposedly it was because they had conflicting psych reports. If you have conflicting insanity reports at a murder trial do you drop the charges? More likely, when they listened in on Sandusky it was an illegal wiretap and all these folks knew they could go to jail. Why isn't the State AG investigating this - could it be the good ole boy/girl network covering for themselves.?

      July 16, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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