Transcript for Coach Faces Sexual Abuse Charges
With football season well under way for many fans it doesn't get any bigger than Penn State but tonight the case against one of that team's longtime coaches is unfolding and quickly. Charged with abusing several boys -- a program -- started. Former coach Jerry sandusky once heir apparent to the legendary Joseph Paterno is charged with sexually abusing eight boys. And now two high ranking university officials the athletic director and a vice president both face charges in court tomorrow accused of looking the other way. After several mothers came forward. And tonight we just got a statement from coach Paterno who says if true the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn staters. ABC's TJ Winick is in state college Pennsylvania tonight where he came face to face with the coach today TJ good evening. David good evening as you said Joseph Joseph Paterno released a statement he went on to say that if the charges are true. Then we were all full -- -- -- was a legend here at Penn State for nearly fifty years tonight. He is banned from campus and today I asked him about those allegations that he is a sexual predator. Situations in the -- I'm not to make any car. Jerry sandusky was cordial but in no mood to talk about the forty criminal counts of child molestation he now faces. Can you tell us if you had any inappropriate relations with young boys sir Newton -- -- -- And I've been advised by -- monitored. -- following -- This 67 year old is up Penn State gridiron legend a player in thirty year assistant coach for the Nittany Lions. He was also a mentor -- the second mile foundation for at risk boys back in 1977. Is now accused of molesting eight of those kids over fifteen years. If these allegations are true then this goes to the very top of the athletic department of Penn State. And when would have to think that there would have to be some kind of house cleaning. The school's athletic director and -- vice president will turn themselves and on Monday. Accused of covering up -- -- these crimes even though they were aware of disturbing firsthand accounts. Scary you know I don't -- they've been as a mother -- The ordeal also threatens to end the -- five year tenure of legendary head coach Joseph Paterno. Paterno was told all the way back in 2002 when they graduate assistant that's and -- was caught having sex with a ten year old boy in a Penn State locker room -- work. According to authorities the coach reported the incident the two administrators who fail to -- Acts -- -- -- that the information was recorded so long ago when he was just caught his. According to the grand jury indictment he was concerned moms who finally stops in dusty. The mother of one alleged victims reporting her suspicions to a school district. The mother of another recording the suspect -- university police sandusky is free on bail but faces life behind bars. -- you have an opportunity right now just to set the record straight there. I mean you can tell us right now that these charges are are fortunately unfortunately. -- in a position and I can make any statements. Despite his statement -- return there are some questions why he never followed up with administrators including Penn State's president's. Tonight there is a FaceBook page demanding that president be fired.
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