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Police Report Sheds Doubt on Paterno's Claims on Sandusky

Alleges Paterno told complainant in 2001 it was the '2nd complaint' he'd heard

(Newser) - It's long been alleged that the late Joe Paterno had been informed about sexual abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky decades before the Penn State head coach said he knew. But a Pennsylvania State Police report seen exclusively by CNN appears to strengthen those claims, laying out newly... More »

Reports: Joe Paterno Knew About Sexual Abuse for Decades

And 6 other coaches had witnessed it as far back as 1976

(Newser) - According to new reports, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky molesting children as far back as 1971—a full 30 years earlier than he had previously claimed. Based on court documents and inside sources, NBC News reports up to six assistant coaches had... More »

Paterno Knew of Sandusky Abuses in 1976: Insurer

Family lawyer says there is 'no corroborating evidence'

(Newser) - One line in a court order has revealed what PennLive calls a "bombshell" in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas Judge Gary S. Glazer wrote than an insurer—involved in a dispute over whether it should cover the $60 million in settlements Penn State... More »

Sandusky Cost Penn State Far More Than Reported

Audit says school paid or set aside $92.8M for 32 claims

(Newser) - The Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal has cost Penn State far more than was previously reported—and the university could still dish out more. Though the school previously reported paying out almost $60 million to 26 victims, a financial audit for the 2015 fiscal year ending June 30 shows Penn... More »

Penn State Student: Here's How 'Abuse Frat' Hazed Me

James Vivenzio files lawsuit over Kappa Delta Rho hazing

(Newser) - Just last month, Penn State shut down a fraternity for three years over findings of sexual harassment and hazing. Now a former member of that frat, Kappa Delta Rho, has filed a lawsuit against the fraternity and Penn State saying he approached school officials in April 2014 about the abuse... More »

Probe: Delays in Sandusky Case 'Inexcusable'

But they weren't driven by politics: report

(Newser) - A new report on the child-molestation investigation of Jerry Sandusky reveals "an inexcusable lack of urgency in charging and stopping a serial sexual predator," says Pennsylvania attorney general Kathleen Kane, who commissioned the report. Delays weren't, however, due to political concerns, the report finds. Kane had previously... More »

Public University Presidents Rake in Millions

Disgraced former Penn State boss Graham Spanier leads the pack

(Newser) - Last year, four public university presidents boasted compensation of more than $1 million, a study finds. At the top: Graham Spanier, the former Penn State president driven out by the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal. Spanier made $2.9 million in the 2011-2012 fiscal year; part of that was his... More »

Jerry Sandusky Speaks

Talks Paterno, McQueary in telephone interviews

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky says that if Penn State coach Joe Paterno "absolutely thought" he was a pedophile, he would not have let him coach. "If he had a suspicion, I don't know the answer to that," he says. He made the statement in the course of 3.... More »

Paternos Blast Freeh Report as 'Rush to Injustice'

Dead coach's family commission own report to salvage legacy

(Newser) - Joe Paterno 's family is trying to get the last word in on the tarnished legacy of the legendary Penn State coach, releasing this morning a report of their own that blasts the findings of the Freeh Report. Calling Louis Freeh's conclusion that Paterno concealed Jerry Sandusky'... More »

Pacino to Play Paterno in Penn State Movie

'Happy Valley' will explore Penn State scandal

(Newser) - The story of Joe Paterno and his fall from grace amid the Penn State sex abuse scandal is being turned into a movie, with some big names attached. Al Pacino will play the legendary coach in Happy Valley, which will be directed by Brian De Palma, Deadline reports. The two... More »

Sandusky Back in Court, Says Trial Wasn't Fair

Court to hold new hearing today to see if re-trial needed

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky was sentenced months ago , but hearings in the Penn State abuse case aren't over. Today, the court will hear lawyers debate the fairness of the trial, the AP reports. Calling for a new trial, Sandusky's team holds that it wasn't afforded enough preparation time. Defense... More »

Sandusky: I Want Better Prison Conditions

Former Penn State coach planning an appeal

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky is gearing up for another legal battle, says his lawyer: He wants better living conditions in prison. In a five-tier security rating system, Sandusky is a Level 2 prisoner—but he is living in harsher Level 5 conditions, lawyer Karl Rominger tells the AP following Sandusky's first... More »

Penn State's Ex-President Arraigned, Free on $125K Bond

Spanier faces charges in Sandusky scandal

(Newser) - Former Penn State University president Graham Spanier, facing multiple charges for his alleged role in covering up the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, was released today on $125,000 bond after his arraignment, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports. Spanier's lawyer called the charges—conspiracy, obstruction, perjury, and child endangerment—"... More »

Ex-Penn State Prez Faces Perjury Charges

Graham Spanier accused of trying to cover up Jerry Sandusky case

(Newser) - Pennsylvania's attorney general is expected to announce charges today against ex-Penn State President Graham Spanier for his alleged role in covering up Jerry Sandusky's sex crimes. Spanier, who was ousted along with Joe Paterno when the scandal broke, faces perjury and obstruction of justice charges, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette... More »

In Letters to Judge, Sanduskys Blame Victims

Couple describes abused boys as liars, ingrates

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, blamed his victims for his sex abuse conviction in letters written to the judge before his sentencing earlier this week. Instead of expressing regret, the Sanduskys labeled the young men ingrates and liars in the letters, which have now been made public, CNN reports.... More »

Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to 30 to 60 Years

Sentence 'will never make me whole,' Victim No. 5 tells court

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky remained defiant today, insisting that "I did not do these disgusting acts" as he was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in the child sex abuse scandal that rocked Penn State to its foundation, reports CNN . Sandusky, who apparently arrived in court this morning wearing a smile,... More »

As Sentence Looms, Defiant Jerry Sandusky Faces Victims

And blames conviction on a vast conspiracy

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky is moments away from his sentencing hearing, which begins at 9am , and at which he will have to face as many as six of his victims, who plan on addressing the judge. One young man who was abused at age 12 or 13 will "tell the judge... More »

Child Prostitute: Sandusky Had Tri-State Pedophile Ring

Which included Poly Prep coach Phil Foglietta

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky was once part of a pedophile ring that included former Poly Prep football coach Phil Foglietta, a man identifying himself as a former child prostitute is alleging. In an email to Poly Prep officials, Greg Bucceroni, now 48, says he was paid to have sex with Foglietta in... More »

Penn State: No More 'Sweet Caroline' at Games

But not because of 'touching me, touching you' lyrics, school says

(Newser) - When Penn State announced yesterday that Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" would no longer be played at its football games, speculation immediately centered around the song's lyrics, specifically the "touching me, touching you" bit. In light of the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal, that must be why... More »

Book: Paterno Sobbed After Penn State Firing

New biography out Tuesday

(Newser) - Joe Paterno spent the day after he was fired from his position as Penn State's legendary football coach crying "continually," writes Joe Posnanski in his new biography of the coach, Paterno. "He sobbed uncontrollably" in a meeting with his coaches at his home. Later, speaking to... More »

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