Report: Accusers say abuse pre-'90s

  • ESPN.com news services | July 16, 2012

Three men have told investigators that Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator recently convicted of 45 counts of child sex abuse, molested them in the 1970s and 1980s, The Patriot-News of Harrisburg, Pa., has reported, citing sources close to the case.

None of Sandusky's 10 previously known victims had predated the 1990s, and in his report released Thursday, former FBI director Louis Freeh said his review for Penn State's board of trustees had not found evidence predating the '90s.

One of the three new accusers says he was abused in the early 1970s, the report says. Sandusky's defense had argued in his trial that a person doesn't become a pedophile in his or her 50s. Sandusky turned 68 in January.

The police are aware of the three new accusers, according to the report.

The Pennsylvania grand jury that brought the Sandusky indictment is still meeting and could potentially hear testimony from more potential victims, The Patriot-News report said.

But it is not known whether the attorney general's office would be open to filing more charges.

Freeh's team interviewed more than 430 people and reviewed more than 3 million documents.

The 267-page Freeh report concluded that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno -- along with former president Graham Spanier, athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz -- conducted a cover-up of abuse allegations against Sandusky.

Sandusky faces a minimum of 60 years in prison and is awaiting sentencing, which could take months to complete.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Don Van Natta Jr. was used in this report.

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