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. Jan

    they should do the same thing to Sandusky as he did to those boys and as for Mrs.Sandusky there is no way that women
    couldn't hear the boys screaming from the basement. She needs to be in prison for the rest of her life because she allowed that to happen.

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

    When is his date of sentencing anyway?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. kaseyart

    @Bryan: although I your point in what you are saying about child labor, you can't tell people they don't care about children because they buy products made in China. Sometimes it's impossible to find items not made there. Instead of bashing people here about buying Chinese made products go after the manufacturers that source the work there. They are the ones who "don't care" as you say. Also if you could please show me your TV, computer (that you typed your original comment one) and phone that you use. I'm pretty sure they were made in China. If you are so against Chinese made products maybe you should look in the mirror before bashing people on here.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bill

    I want to know who and when his first date will be in prison.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  5. LH

    Any sentence less than life without parole would be an injustice.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. FubarObama

    I support gay marriage and sandusky.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. garwin1

    Don't get Sanduskied.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  8. 1amazed1

    Put him away forever so he will never get out period.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  9. OPEN400

    It is easy to blame the coach for everything because he is dead. It is easy to say he was Italian and successful, 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 football coach would say or do? What kind of police department and local DA does State College have?
    State College is the name of the town that Penn State is located right next to Penn State – where Sandusky lived. University Park is the name of the actual Penn State campus. The State College local police also have legal jurisdiction within University Park. People blogging here do not seem to understand this. The State College DA, not the football coach should have had Sandusky in front of a grand jury in 1998. Since when do football coaches arrest and put people in jail?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      In 1998 the police ran an illegal wiretap on Sandusky and were afraid they would go to jail. To listen in on a phone conversation in PA. you need the consent of both parties or a warrant. They had neither. Did the university buy him off to avoid a lawsuit?

      July 16, 2012 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      You are obviously aware of the protocol regarding accusations of Child abuse. You're absolutely right! Well said.

      July 16, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Selfish IsADisease

      Open 400 –

      You are obviously aware of the protocol regarding accusations of Child abuse. You're absolutely right! Well said.

      July 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Dolores

    I say instead of time, put him to death, but wait, that's to easy. Put him among the rapist who hate to hear about children being molested. Pay backs is the best option for him. I say give him life without parole.

    I think they should tear down every single statue and picture of Joe Paterno, Sandusky's wife should also be charged for not doing anything about what she saw for so many many years.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rose

    This is all so disgusting! What is just as disturbing if not more so is the fact these people took in foster kids and adopted children. How many of these foster kids around our country are with a jerry sandusky right now?

    July 16, 2012 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. susanfrompa

    And to Sara Ganim, I was your biggest fan. I defended you to everyone. I believed in what you were doing. Until you did that hit piece on Matt Sandusky. Was it really necessary to drag him through the mud like that. Did it make you feel good to expose every lurid detail of his life to the whole world? Was there any relevant piece of information anywhere in that article that was worth what you did to that man? Congrats on the Pulitzer. Hope it was worth it.

    July 16, 2012 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    And just a reminder if your child suffers from depression, draw your child out and find out exactly ehat's going on.( Some parents just force their kids on medication.) There are REASONS for a child acting out in an abusive way, and more often than not, it's because the child was abused.
    As far as these men waiting decades and then holleriing "Raype!'. Too late, chowderheads. They should have told your parents, and if their parents did nothing, as soon as they were old enough to report the crime to the proper authorities, should have done so. They failed and hould not pass Go and collect 200 dollars. Actually, they should be in trouble for keeping it a secret for so long.

    July 16, 2012 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Philip

    ...and don't forget to dress your children in cute little costumes and send them out begging for candy from total strangers again this year.

    July 16, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      What the holy heck does Halloween have to do with anything?
      Oh, that's right, nothing.
      Not to mention the fact that most parents accompany their children Trick or Treating!
      I someone gets turned on by looking at a kid dressed up as a Ninja Turtle, banning Halloween isn't going to cure that!
      How absurd!

      July 16, 2012 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      "IF someone gets turned on..."

      July 16, 2012 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Lost

    there was at one time a custom of digging up the dead who shamed their Tribe , and casting their
    bones in to a pig sty . Time to revisit old traditions ?

    July 16, 2012 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
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