As many as six assistant coaches at Penn State whose careers at the school spanned three decades witnessed "inappropriate behavior" between convicted sex offender Jerry Sandusky and boys, NBC News has learned.
One coach witnessed an incident in the late 1970s while three other coaches allegedly saw inappropriate conduct between Sandusky and boys in the early and mid-1990s, sources with direct knowledge of the legal proceedings told NBC News.
The revelations come on the heels of an allegation that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, under which Sandusky worked as a longtime assistant, was told in 1976 by a boy that Sandusky had molested him.
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That allegation came to light this week in reports of an order issued by a Philadelphia judge who is presiding over litigation between an insurance company and the university.
Paterno's son described the allegation, reportedly made by the insurance company, as "bunk."
Sandusky is appealing his conviction, which put him behind bars for 30 to 60 years. He was convicted by molesting numerous boys through a charity he started in the mid-1990s.
NBC News reported Friday night that as many as six assistant coaches witnessed "inappropriate behavior."
"You won't believe what I just saw," one coach told a room full of Penn State football staff after an incident in the 1990s, according to NBC News, which cited sources who spoke to a person who was in the room.
Court papers made public this week detailed 1987 and 1978 encounters between Sandusky and children allegedly witnessed by two other coaches. The behavior was described, according to the court documents, as “inappropriate” or “sexual.”