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Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky accusations before 2001, assistant told police

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A newly uncovered police report from 2011 shows that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have been told of Jerry Sandusky's sexual assault of children before 2002, when former assistant coach Mike McQueary informed Paterno he had witnessed Sandusky raping a boy in the Penn State locker room.

In February 2001, McQueary, who was a graduate assistant coach at the time, went to Paterno the morning after allegedly seeing, according to the police report obtained by CNN, "an extreme sexual act occurring between Sandusky and a young boy" late on a Friday night in a team shower.

According to the police report, obtained by CNN, when McQueary told Paterno about the 2001 incident, Paterno responded that it "was the second complaint of this nature he had received".

McQueary also claimed Paterno's wife, Sue Paterno, once told the head coach that Sandusky's wife, Dottie Sandusky, "told her Jerry doesn't like girls", according to the report.

"We didn't want to make the case about Joe Paterno".

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Efforts to reach the Paterno family Saturday were not immediately successful.

Also in his 2013 testimony, McQueary said Paterno in the years after 2001 made passing remarks about how Sandusky "was a sick guy" and said the university "screwed up" in its handling of the 2001 allegation. For those who don't remember, McQueary reported to Paterno an incident he had witnessed in a locker room between Sandusky and a young boy.

Paterno went to Penn State heads and nothing really happened for nearly a decade before a Grand Jury investigation finally took place which then resulted in Sandusky being convicted.

Paterno said on multiple occasions that he had no idea of Sandusky's actions or any indications that he might be sexually abusing boys before 2001, and his family has argued that claim after his death, as noted in the CNN report. He died of lung cancer in 2012.

McQueary's claim of abuse and other allegations is what led to Jerry Sandusky's conviction in 2012 for sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years. "I wish I had done more", was his response when he was sacked from his job after 46 years at the helm.

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