Jerry Sandusky Scandal: 3 Men Reportedly Allege Abuse Claims from 70s and 80s

Tim DanielsFeatured ColumnistJuly 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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Last month, Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sex abuse. Last week, several high-ranking Penn State officials were targeted for a lack of action in the Freeh Report. It appears the story remains far from over, however.

Now, three men have come forward claiming that Sandusky abused them dating all the way back to the 1970s, according to Sara Ganim of the Patriot-News. She reports they are the first group of individuals to accuse Sandusky of abuse prior to 1990.

Based on the charges he was convicted of in June, Sandusky already faces more than 400 years in prison. So it remains unclear if these new allegations will turn into fresh charges against the former Penn State coach if deemed truthful.

It has been more than eight months since the scandal erupted last fall, leading to chaos at one of the country's most well-known public universities. Since that day, it seems like a week doesn't go by without new revelations.

The Freeh Report made it clear that there was a system-wide failure at Penn State, which included legendary football coach Joe Paterno and several other school officials, allowing Sandusky's actions to go unreported to the proper authorities.

These new claims, if true, would establish that Sandusky's actions started well before 1998. That has become an important year in the entire scandal, because there was an investigation into Sandusky at that point.

Ganim's report states the police are aware of the allegations, but that's the extent of the information to this point. More will probably become known in the coming weeks after the evidence is gathered and a next step is decided.

In other words, the scandal continues to grow.