Penn State: Newspaper Reported On Sex Abuse When No One Else Did

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By: Los Angeles Times

The expanding Penn State sexual abuse scandal, which has included the firing of football Coach Joe Paterno, has drawn a torrent of media attention since Nov. 5 when Jerry Sandusky was accused of sexually abusing eight boys.

But as fingers are pointed about who knew what and when, and why no one spoke up, it’s notable that one newspaper did speak up about Sandusky long before other news outlets. And executives there were apparently dismayed when the paper’s reports caused barely a ripple.

Reporter Sara Ganim wrote in March in the Harrisburg Patriot-News about the first allegations against the former Penn State assistant coach — eight months before his arrest: “According to five people with knowledge of the case, a grand jury meeting in Harrisburg has been hearing testimony for at least 18 months” about the sexual abuse allegations “made in 2009 by a 15-year-old from Clinton County.”

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