Did longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno know about Jerry Sandusky's molestation of boys long before he said he did?

FOX's Tonya J. Powers reports, that is what new court papers suggest:

The allegations came to light on Thursday, revealed in an order issued by a Philadelphia judge as part of a lawsuit between an insurance company and Penn State.

The insurance company says a boy told longtime Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in 1976 that he'd been molested by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.

Scott Paterno called it "bunk", imploring people in a tweet not to assume it's true because "it's not". The order also cites reports by unnamed assistant coaches who said they witnessed inappropriate contact between Sandusky and children.

Sandusky is appealing a decades-long sentence for abusing 10 boys during encounters that went back to the 90's.

Tonya J. Powers, FOX News.

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