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Reports: PSU coaches saw abuse; Paterno told victims to drop claims
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Reports: PSU coaches saw abuse; Paterno told victims to drop claims
Monday May 9th, 2016

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Penn State has confirmed for the first time the time frame of acknowledged abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, saying in a statement on Sunday that settlements with accusers cover abuse dating back to 1971. 

Sandusky’s 2012 trial, which led to his conviction of the abuse of 10 children, dealt only with sexual abuse claims beginning in the mid-1990s.

Penn State reached the settlements with accusers claiming earlier abuse after Sandusky was convicted, ESPN reports.

Report: Joe Paterno was told about Jerry Sandusky sex abuse in 1976

In the same statement, Penn State denied the recent allegations that former football coach Joe Paterno knew about Sandusky’s abuse of children in 1976. Paterno had said the first time he was informed of Sandusky’s offenses was in 2002.

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