Penn State, Sandusky Facing New Lawsuit
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — A 22-year-old man filed a lawsuit claiming that Jerry Sandusky fondled him at a summer camp on the Penn State University campus in 2005.
The plaintiff, called “John Doe” in court papers, said he was 14 when he attended a camp run by The Second Mile, Sandusky’s charity for troubled youths. He said the former Penn State assistant football coach approached him in a campus swimming pool, grabbed his genitals and said, “What have we here?”
“Deeply confused and troubled, the plaintiff recoiled from what Sandusky said and did. He backed away, as rapidly as he could, telling Sandusky he didn’t want anything like that,” the suit said.
The lawsuit was filed Monday in federal court in Scranton. The defendants are Sandusky; The Second Mile; Penn State; former university officials Graham Spanier, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz; Penn State’s law firm, McQuaide Blasko; the school’s former general counsel, Wendell Courtney; and Edgewater Psychiatric Center, the agency that referred the plaintiff to Sandusky’s charity.
The lawsuit said Penn State and the other defendants knew Sandusky was a predator but did nothing to stop him.
“Plaintiff has suffered deep upset and injury and has been permanently injured emotionally and has been traumatized by the abuse he has suffered at the hands of the defendants,” the suit said.
The accuser decided to come forward after Sandusky’s arrest.
At least four other lawsuits have been filed by victims or accusers in the sexual abuse scandal. Penn State has said it wants to settle with Sandusky’s victims. A university spokesman declined to comment Wednesday on the latest suit.
Representatives of the other defendants did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced last week to at least 30 years in prison for sexually assaulting 10 boys.
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