Joe Paterno's grand jury testimony

Paterno testimony is read in court. Via Google Images.

On Friday, the testimony of Penn State’s iconic former football coach, Joe Paterno, was read in open court. This testimony was in regard to the charges against his former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of more than 35 felony counts of deviate sexual intercourse, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and indecent assault against at least 10 different victims.

In his testimony, Paterno admitted that he “knew inappropriate action was taken by Jerry Sandusky with a youngster” after speaking with Mike McQueary (then a graduate assistant). McQeary had reported to Paterno and Penn State athletic director Tim Curley that he had allegedly seen Jerry Sandusky sexually abusing a boy in the shower.

The reading of Paterno’s testimony was part of a preliminary hearing for Curley and another Penn State administrator, Gary Schultz, who are both charged with perjury and failure to report because of their their alleged inaction after McQueary reported Sandusky to them in 2oo2. McQueary said that he felt that Curley and Shultz took his report very seriously, but the Pennsylvania attorney general didn’t agree, saying “there is no indication that anyone from the university ever attempted to learn the identity of the child who was sexually assaulted on their campus or made any follow-up effort to obtain more information.”

Paterno himself was not at the hearing, being hospitalized for a fractured pelvis and undergoing treatment for lung cancer.

Paterno, Curley, Schultz and Spanier have all left Penn State (having either “resigned” or been fired from their jobs after the charges came out). McQueary has been placed on administrative leave. No charges have been filed against McQueary or Paterno.