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Penn State sex-abuse scandal spreads to Texas

November 10, 2011 |  6:51 pm


It appears the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal is no longer confined to State College, Pa.

Texas authorities announced Thursday that they are looking into whether an offense occurred during Penn State's trip to the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio in 1999.

Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, who was still with the Nittany Lions during their bowl game that year, was arrested Saturday on charges he sexually assaulted eight boys over a 15-year period. Sandusky has denied the allegations.

San Antonio Police Sgt. Chris Benavides told reporters Thursday that his department is "looking into the possibility that an offense may have happened" during the Penn State football team's time in town.

The 1999 Alamo Bowl marked Sandusky's final appearance as a Penn State coach.

Joe Paterno, the longtime Penn State coach and winningest coach in college football, was fired by the school Wednesday for failing to contact authorities in 2002 after being told a graduate assistant saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a school shower.


Document: Grand jury report on alleged Penn State sex abuse

Paterno fired: Tom Bradley news conference highlights

Full Coverage: Penn State scandal

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky is led away by police after being arrested on molestation charges Saturday. Credit: Reuters