A former assistant coach of Penn State football coach Joe Paternio has said he can’t speak out against the former Penn State assistant coach accused of abusing a student-athlete.
“If the accusations against him are true, I can’t accuse myself of sexual harassment,” Paternova told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
“I have to say that because I’m a student of the game and I believe in my profession, I have to speak out.”
Paternica was named in a report by the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, which said Paternicki and his wife paid $2,500 each for sex and sexual activity in December 2014 and January 2015.
The report said Patersi also sexually harassed a female assistant football coach.
“Paternickis wife and children had no reason to suspect abuse occurred and have nothing to hide,” the report said.
Paternicos attorney said he is working with prosecutors on a defamation lawsuit against the accuser.
“This is not a case of someone who has been falsely accused,” attorney Andrew Satterfield said.
“It is a case that was brought by a man who is accused of criminal conduct.”
Patersnica, 52, has been accused of sexually assaulting a woman in the 1990s, but he denied the allegations and says he is innocent.
Patersnicos lawyers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
A woman who said she was sexually assaulted by Paternico at Penn State in 2010 said in a statement Tuesday that Paterni has never admitted the alleged crime.
“We will not stop fighting to expose the truth about Joe Paternos crimes and to make sure he never has a chance to abuse again,” the statement said.
“As a student athlete, I feel that my actions, and my decision to stay silent about the sexual abuse, were made for fear of being hurt or worse,” the woman, who has requested anonymity, said in the statement.
“In order to get justice, I will continue to share my story, and hopefully, my fellow students, alumni, and supporters will hear my story.”