[O]ne of Penn State’s insurers has claimed “in 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.”
The order also cites separate references in 1987 and 1988 in which unnamed assistant coaches witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and unidentified children, and a 1988 case that was supposedly referred to Penn State’s athletic director at the time.
I realize this is thin: “claimed”, “alleged” — however, Sandusky was on Paterno’s staff from 1969 to 1999. He has been convicted of molesting children between 1994 and 2008. According to the Freeh report, Paterno knew from 1998 on that Sandusky was a child molester. So, it’s not a major leap of faith to assume that Paterno knew long before then that something was up with Sandusky.