Police report corroborates testimony that Paterno knew of previous Sandusky allegations

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

CNN has obtained a Pennsylvania state police report that suggests that Joe Paterno had knowledge of at least one prior act of sexual abuse committed by Jerry Sandusky when Paterno met with whistleblower Mike McQueary in 2002.

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.

CNN obtained a Pennsylvania police report that described Paterno's reaction to whistleblower Mike McQueary showing up in his office in 2001 and telling Paterno that he had witnessed Sandusky engaged in "an extreme sexual act" with a young boy in the football locker room.

Based on an account from McQueary, the report alleges that Paterno said it was the "second complaint of this nature" he'd received about Sandusky - but the two never talked about the other complaint.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Michael Jacob McQueary (L) and head coach Joseph Vincent Paterno, sometimes referred to as JoePa. Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys over 15 years.

Now that Sandusky is in prison and those in power at Penn State at the time are either convicted or dead, civil lawsuits seem to allege that Paterno and Penn State officials knew way earlier about Sandusky and that could be corroborated by McQueary's statement.

It regards a legal battle between Penn State and insurance companies over who's ultimately responsible for $60 million in settlements to Sandusky's victims.

Paterno died in January 2012.

In addition, emails seemed to implicate that Paterno knew about an instance in 1998 where Sandusky gave a 10-year-old boy a "naked hug in a shower" which surfaced from Penn State's own internal investigation.

The legacy of Joe Paterno, and by extension Penn State, appears set to take yet another blow in a world after the Jerry Sandusky scandal first broke.

It is also far from the documented evidence that Paterno knew about Sandusky's behavior before McQueary walked into his office that day in 2001.

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