Jerry Sandusky, L, and Joe Paterno, R. [Reuters]
Court documents show that famed Pennsylvania State University football coach Joe Paterno knew that convicted child molester, and former defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing children, Paterno turned a blind eye as he had football games to lose.
The college has taken down a statue of Paterno, but a library remains named in his honor.
The then-14-year-old victim told Paterno that the assistant coach — who was convicted in 2012 of molesting 10 boys and is serving 30 to 60 years in state prison — touched him while attending a football camp at the university, penetrating his rectum with his finger as he showered, the Washington Post reports.
John Doe 150, according to the newly unsealed court documents, testified that he told Paterno of the sexual assault and the coach ignored his complaint.
“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?'” the victim's lawyer asked him in 2014, according to the Washington Post.
“Specifically. Yes … I was shocked, disappointed, offended," the man replied. "I was insulted… I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?"