Dr. Eric Barron, President of Penn State University, released a statement yesterday on the latest media report that an early Jerry Sandusky sexual assault victim allegedly notified late coach Joe Paterno in 1976.
“I want you to know I am appalled by the rumor, innuendo and rush to judgment that have accompanied the media stories surrounding these allegations,” said Barron. He went on the say that the claims are “unsubstantiated and unsupported by any evidence.”
These allegations stem from an insurance document claiming that a child was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, then later informed Joe Paterno and another man via phone call in 1976. The document was filed in a court in Philadelphia last week.
The University said that they have no records of evidence, related to a settlement or otherwise, that the assault ever took place and was communicated to Paterno. Considering Paterno is no longer alive to refute the claims, his family has denied them.
Barron said the lack of evidence “raises considerable credibility issues” to the press report of the allegations.
You can read Dr. Barron’s letter to the university community in full here.