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Jerry Sandusky Case: Joe Paterno Releases Statement Denying Knowledge Of Specifics

Statements from those involved in the allegations levied against former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky continue to trickle out, and Joe Paterno is the latest to tell his side of the story. Sandusky was charged with dozens of counts of child molestation for incidents allegedly involving eight different young males over a 10-year span in the 90s and 2000s.

Paterno was told of an incident involving Sandusky and a young male in 2002, and forwarded the case to his superiors at Penn State. But since the allegations came to light, Paterno has come under fire for failing to do more to prevent further abuse.

In addition to expressing shock and surprise about the allegations levied against Sandusky, Paterno admitted being told of an incident in the Penn State locker room shower, but denied knowing specifics in a statement on Sunday.

As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.

The full statement can be read here.

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