Paterno admitted to hearing earlier complaint about Sandusky sexual abuse

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According to CNN, the report describes a conversation in 2001 between Paterno and Mike McQueary, a Penn State assistant coach and star witness in the case who testified that he saw Sandusky, the former assistant football coach, engaged in "an extreme sexual act" with a young boy in a university locker room shower.

He maintained until the end of his life that the 2001 incident reported by McQueary was the first time he became aware of child sexual abuse allegations against Sandusky, who was an assistant on Paterno's staff from 1969-99.

The police report was allegedly written after Sandusky's arrest, more than 10 years after McQueary reported the incident to Paterno.

He was never charged with a crime, although unsealed depositions by alleged victims said Paterno knew of the abuse as far back as 1976. McQueary allegedly told Paterno about what he'd seen the day after it occurred.

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Paterno's own testimony before a grand jury, and his published statement a week before he died in 2012 that he "had "no inkling" that Sandusky might be a sexual deviant" until he heard the shocking allegation from McQueary, now appears murky. Both pleaded guilty in March to misdemeanor child endangerment and were sentenced in July. While Sandusky may be in jail, the public continues to receive more and more information that tell us just how things might have been at Happy Valley. He's now serving a 30-60 year prison sentence.

But as the source speaking with PennLive Saturday noted, the coach's death in January 2012 - before that email thread came to light - made it impossible to circle back to Paterno on the specifics of his recommendations at that time.

Paterno was the head coach of the Penn State football team from 1966 to 2011.

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. You can definitely say with Paterno and argue with McQueary that despite them legally doing the right thing, they could have done more to make sure authorities got to Jerry Sandusky before he could harm any more kids. "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more".

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