Three Men Claim They Were Abused by Jerry Sandusky in the 70s and 80s

Lou Rom@louromliveContributor IJuly 16, 2012

BELLEFONTE, PA - JUNE 22:  Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 22, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. Today the jury will start its second day of deliberations in the sexual abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach, Jerry Sandusky who is charged with 51 criminal counts of sexual abuse on 10 boys over a 15-year period.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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Three men have filed reports with local police, claiming they were abused in the 1970s and 1980s by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

The allegations are the first that come before the 1990s, and were first reported today by the the Harrisburg Patriot:

Sources close to the Jerry Sandusky case say that three men have come forward and told police that they were abused in the 1970s or 1980s by the convicted pedophile.
They are the first men to allege abuse before the 1990s, and if found to be credible, would directly attack the 68-year-old's defense argument that a person doesn't become pedophile in his or her 50s.

The reports come just days after an internal report by former FBI Director Louis Freeh condemned former head coach Joe Paterno and other Penn State officials for harboring Sandusky and refusing to report allegations against him to authorities.

Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of child sex abuse involving 10 victims.

According to Freeh's report, as cited by the New York Times:

The most senior officials at Penn State had shown a "total and consistent disregard" for the welfare of children, had worked together to actively conceal Mr. Sandusky’s assaults, and had done so for one central reason: fear of bad publicity.

Sandusky would have been in his late 20s at the time of the earliest allegations, which is notable as a key part of his defense was that men don't suddenly become pedophiles in their 50s.

Because the allegations date back more than 20 years, additional criminal charges are unlikely and a civil case nearly impossible, Gregory Gianforcaro, a Southern New Jersey attorney who has represented dozens of victims of child sexual abuse, tells Bleacher Report.

"What is especially disconcerting is the fact that should these most recent victims from the 70's and 80's attempt to file suit in a court of law, the cold-hearted reality is that their claims would be dismissed under current Pennsylvania law regarding victims of this nature," Gianforcaro said.

Sandusky faces a minimum of 60 years at his sentencing, scheduled in September.

His arrest on 48 charges in November of last year led to the firing of the iconic Paterno, who acknowledged he could have "done more" and to charges being brought against former Athletic Director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz.