Report: Joe Paterno Delayed Forwarding Sex Abuse Report to Authorities So it Wouldn’t ‘Interfere With Their Weekends’


December 18, 2011

Former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno did not immediately forward authorities a witness’ report of Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a young boy because he didn’t want to “interfere with their weekends,” a deposition read in court revealed, according to ABC News.

Paterno did not appear in court on Friday, but his deposition was reportedly entered into the record. In it, the longtime Penn State head coach said that assistant coach Mike McQueary told him that he had seen Sandusky fondling a boy.

“He (McQueary) had seen a person, an older person, fondling a young boy,” Paterno testified, according to ABC News. “I don’t know what you would call it, but it was of a sexual nature. I didn’t push Mike to describe it because he was already upset, but it was something inappropriate to a youngster.

“I didn’t want to interfere with their weekends, [so] either Saturday or Monday, I talked to my boss, Tim Curley, by phone, saying, ‘Hey we got a problem’ and I explained the problem to him.”

Curley reportedly testified in his deposition that he didn’t think the incident was a crime worthy of calling police, although he reportedly admitted that he knew Sandusky had been seen showering naked with a boy.

McQueary reportedly said that while he never saw Sandusky penetrating a young boy, he thought that what he saw was sexual in nature and thus reported such.

Judge William C. Wenner ruled on Friday that there was enough evidence to try Curley and former Penn State vice president of finance Gary Schultz on charges of perjury.

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