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Testimony: Victim made Joe Paterno aware of Jerry Sandusky assault in 1976

Testimony unsealed from a 2014 court hearing on Tuesday revealed a victim claimed to have made Joe Paterno aware of a sexual assault committed by Jerry Sandusky in 1976.

According to the testimony compiled by the Washington Post, a then-14 year old boy was penetrated by Sandusky in the shower after a Penn State football camp. He testified that he made Paterno aware of the incident when, according to the testimony, Paterno said, "I don't want to hear about any of that stuff. I have a football season to worry about."

"I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?,” the man testified. Paterno, according to the testimony, walked away.

Penn State's insurance provider identified six separate cases throughout the 1970's and 1980's that other Nittany Lions staffers were aware of Sandusky's crimes and failed to stop him - or, at least, inform their insurance provider they employed a sexual predator as their defensive coordinator.

The documents unsealed today continue allegations that first surfaced in May, where one alleged victim claimed to have been assaulted by Sandusky as far back as 1971.

Sandusky was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison in 2012 and Penn State has paid out $93 million in settlements to 32 separate victims.