Coaches at Penn State with Sandusky find selves on defense

FILE - In this Aug. 6, 1999, file photo, Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno, right, poses with his defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky during Penn State Media Day at State College, Pa. An amended complaint by the family and estate of Joe Paterno and others was filed Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in county court near State College that added Penn State as a "nominal defendant" in a lawsuit against the NCAA over the university's penalties for the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal. (AP Photo/Paul Vathis, File)
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) Newly disclosed sworn statements by men who say Jerry Sandusky sexually abused them raise new questions about his fellow assistant coaches at Penn State.

That includes what they might have seen or known in the decades before his November 2011 arrest, and why they've been largely silent since.

Questions that have dogged Sandusky's former colleagues were renewed in the past week by claims that some of them may have witnessed him abusing children as far back as the 1980s.

Aside from blanket denials made through lawyers and spokespeople, the former assistant coaches named in the court documents have said little about Sandusky.

Three of the four coaches named in newly released depositions given by men who settled with Penn State immediately denied that they witnessed or were aware of Sandusky's abuse. A fourth died four years ago.