More details on what Joe Paterno knew of Sandusky child rapes

Report: Police report corroborates testimony that Paterno knew of previous Sandusky allegations

When Joe Paterno was informed of a locker-room encounter between Penn State assistant Jerry Sandusky and a young boy in 2001, the legendary coach indicated it was not the first time he had heard of such an incident, according to a 2011 police report revealed by CNN Saturday. This version of events would seriously undermine a long-held belief among Paterno loyalists that the coach was mostly a peripheral figure in a series of university fuck-ups that allowed Sandusky to sexually assault at least 10 boys over the course of decades.

The chant may carry some weight, according to a CNN exclusive.

Attorney's for the Paterno family could not be reached for comment by CNN.

The report states that Paterno's former assistant, Mike McQueary, approached the Nittany Lions coach after witnessing Sanducky sexually abusing a child back in 2001.

"Paterno, upon hearing the news, sat back in his chair with a dejected look on his face", the report states, adding that McQueary "said Paterno's eyes appeared to well up with tears".

Since Sandusky's initial arrest in 2011, one of the biggest questions surrounding the case has been whether Paterno and other higher-up Penn State officials knew of Sandusky's acts.

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The latest police report casts fresh doubt on denials by Paterno, his family and his supporters that the head coach knew about Sandusky's predatory serial molestation before the 2001 incident. He was convicted of 45 chargers of sexual abuse in June 2012 and is now serving a minimum of 30 years in prison.

In June 2012, a jury found Sandusky guilty on 45 counts relating to child sexual abuse and sentenced him to 30 to 60 years in prison.

One man said Paterno dismissed his report in 1976 by saying, "I have a football season to worry about", CNN said.

Paterno lost his job as the scandal surrounding Sandusky erupted.

Paterno died in 2012, and there's been a lot of discussion about his legacy ever since.

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