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Sandusky shower victim to file suit against Penn State

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The victim in an incident that ultimately led to the downfall of legendary head coach Joe Paterno and helped trigger epic sanctions against the Penn State football program is planning to file a lawsuit against the university, the unidentified male’s attorneys confirmed Thursday.

In a statement, the lawyers blasted Penn State for its “egregious and reckless conduct,” stating that the school’s conduct allowed former Nittany Lions assistant Jerry Sandusky to continue to victimize their client in the years after high-ranking school officials — including Paterno — were made aware of the infamous shower incident in 2001.

“Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him,” the statement read, in part.

The victim — known as Victim 2 in the multi-count indictment against Sandusky — was allegedly raped by Sandusky in a shower located in the school’s football building.  That was the incident then-grad assistant Mike McQueary witnessed, at least in part, and informed Paterno of.

The failure of high-ranking PSU officials to earnestly pursue the allegations was effectively a cover-up initiated to protect the storied football program, with the lawyers’ statement saying that “Sandusky’s abuse of Victim 2 and other children is a direct result of a conspiracy to conceal Sandusky’s conduct and the decisions by top Penn State officials that facilitated and enabled his access to victims.”

The press release also provided, as if it’s needed, further proof of Sandusky’s depravity:

In a recording of a pair of voicemails released with the statement and posted online by the lawyers, a voice that’s purportedly Sandusky’s expresses his love and says he wants to express his feelings “up front.”

The voicemails are dated Sept. 12 and Sept. 19, less than two months before the former Penn State coach was arrested on child sex abuse charges late last year.

The second voicemail asks whether Victim 2 would like to attend Penn State’s next game.

Sandusky left “numerous” voicemails for their client in the fall of 2011, the attorneys said.

At the time those voicemails were left, Sandusky had already been under investigation for close to a year.  The audio of the voicemail asking the victim if he wanted to attend a Penn State game can be heard HERE, while the other can be heard HERE.

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36 Responses to “Sandusky shower victim to file suit against Penn State”
  1. chuckmuncie says: Jul 26, 2012 2:31 PM

    Sandusky was a pimp!

  2. gotampabay52 says: Jul 26, 2012 2:36 PM

    your a sick fuck calling him a pimp

  3. granadafan says: Jul 26, 2012 2:42 PM

    I hope the victims of Sandusky and Penn St’s calculated failures get hundreds of millions of dollars. They actively and intentionally allowed a predator of children to operate on their facilities in order to protect a legacy.

    While the team continued to win and hundreds of millions of dollars flowed into Penn St’s cofers, the screams of terrified children in mental and physical pain were systematically ignored. That blood money belongs to the victims. It’s too bad the Penn St fans are blind to the fact that their beloved institution and saint paterno allowed child rape to happen.

  4. ynonamesleft says: Jul 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    Is anyone else uncomfortable with this? The lawyers claim they have all this evidence about the abuse, yet they never took it to the prosecution. Instead, Victim 2 let the other victims testify, and now he’ll collect his payout based on the conviction that their testimony garnered. What happened to him was terrible, but I feel like he needed to have been part of the criminal trial before he can file a civil suit.

  5. houndofthebaskervols says: Jul 26, 2012 3:00 PM

    @ ynonamesleft

    Interesting point. I was beginning to think this guy had gone the way of DA Gricar. Sandusky deserves his fate, I cant believe he’s still trying to ply this guy with Penn State football tickets last September. “Nothing to hide…” Yeah right!

    Link to audio of voicemails.

  6. ewyorksockexchange says: Jul 26, 2012 3:10 PM

    You don’t have to say he was “allegedly raped” anymore, Sandusky was convicted on that count. He was raped. And should sue the crap out of everyone he even remotely thinks could have stopped it. The 2nd Mile, PSU, Sandusky, Paterno’s estate, everything and everyone he can drag into court, and not settle. If I were a victim or a parent of a victim, I would want to make the public have to hear about lawsuits for years to remind everyone how terrible and twisted the acts of Sandusky and the inaction of everyone else was.

  7. papichulo55 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:12 PM

    It shouldn’t surprise anyone if Sandusky was exploiting his Second Mile connections to get victims for other pervs.

    No proof of this. Yet. But if he did, it would be Pimping in the sickest use of the term.

    Let’s Waterboard him and find out!

  8. michiganhockey11 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:21 PM

    Yeah, $60 million and loss of post season play for 4 years isn’t anything compared to what this will amount to financially. Either a massive courtroom proceeding with a jury, or a masive (and I mean MASSIVE) settelment outside of court.

  9. palmbeachbuckeye says: Jul 26, 2012 3:24 PM

    Sandusky created 2nd Mile for his own personal use as a way to farm for victims. He created it under the guise of helping children from broken homes, knowing that those kids would be the most vulnverable and easiest for him to have his way with. Who else at 2nd mile knew about this and was Sandusky the only child molestor using 2nd mile for his own personal gratification??? I have a feeling that charity was nothing more than a way for some sick, depraved people to use children as sex slaves. Other names will come out once 2nd mile is properly investigated. The PSU story is only the tip of the iceberg.

  10. chuckmuncie says: Jul 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    gotampabay52 says:
    Jul 26, 2012 2:36 PM
    your a sick fuck calling him a pimp

    It should be “you’re”.. not “your” idiot. Why you mad son? Were you a Second Mile boy? What now?

  11. thebarkexpress says: Jul 26, 2012 3:26 PM

    It was just a matter of time for the lawsuit(s) to start.

    Jerry Sandusky is a monster.

  12. michiganhockey11 says: Jul 26, 2012 3:28 PM

    I’m still think that Sandusky had something on everyone that kept quiet about this. It wasn’t because Paterno was a demigod in Happy Valley. He had to have had ‘something’ on all those guys to keep them quiet.

  13. stoopwitzer says: Jul 26, 2012 3:54 PM

    Every time I see Sandusky on the ticker I eagerly read and as of yet have always been disappointed. I’m just waiting for the headline “the showers aren’t as kind to Sandusky these days.”

    Can we get a little bit of investigative journalism… I mean COME ON!

  14. thraiderskin says: Jul 26, 2012 4:00 PM

    This is why I didn’t think the NCAA needed to get involved, PSU is going to get hammered in civil suits and best they can hope for will, more than, eclipse the 73 million they were set to pay out. Is it possible for a state funded school to file bankrupcy or cause the state to file for it (hell the city of Stockton, CA did)? A lot of you wanted to make this about the football team, but PSU is in a hell of a lot more trouble than that. Sorry PSU, but its time to face the real punishment.

  15. southernpatriots says: Jul 26, 2012 4:35 PM

    Some regular posters here on CFT have asked the question and some talking heads on tv news have answered it incorrectly….

    Question: What is the Statute of Limitations for child rape and similar sexual assaults and offenses against minor children in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania?

    Answer: The statute of limitations was extended to give the Commonwealth until the child victim’s 50th birthday, to file charges.

    The statute of limitations was extended as part of a comprehensive package of amendments to various statutes related to child abuse. The amendment to 42 Pa.C.S.A. 5552(c)(3) is found in Act 179 of 2006 (formerly Senate Bill 1054).

    For cases involving child victims who turn18 on or after August 27, 2002, the Commonwealth now has until the victim’s 50th birthday to file criminal charges for abuse that occurred before the victim turned 18.

    Because the criminal cases that can be brought have that elongated statute of limitations any civil suits will be treated in a similar fashion by judges in Pennsylvania. I would expect the civil cases to be expedited and will result in wins for the victims with judgments even exceeding hundreds of millions of dollars. There are precedents for this kind of judgment based upon other settlements and trials.

  16. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 26, 2012 4:59 PM

    I may be wrong but I think Sandusky was acquitted in relation to victim 2. this is the McQueary victim??

    All the haters please stop with the penn state fans/students are blind. Not sure where that’s coming from anymore. people are trying to move forward as best as possible. People keep calling them scumbags like they were in the know on Sandusky you deserve to have them fight back because they didn’t have anything to do with it. It’s was a very small group out of 500,000. The rest live normal decent lives

  17. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 26, 2012 5:11 PM

    Another mob favorite is penn staters are only worried about football. You do realize that is all anyone is worried about. Anti Penn staters as well.

    When curley Schultz and Spaniers trials are over and they get off or get house arrest etc.
    Will that be the fault of the students and football team as well.
    Will you then really focus on the guilty people and not
    well meaning students and alumni who only want their university to get thru this and back to where it belongs.

  18. youcantmakemepickausername says: Jul 26, 2012 5:21 PM

    I may be wrong but I think Sandusky was acquitted in relation to victim 2. this is the McQueary victim??

    Danny, there were, I believe, four charges related to victim 2. He was acquitted on one of them, which was, i believe, (and it makes me sick to even type these words) indeviate sexual intercourse with a minor, because McQuery said he couldn’t say for sure he saw penetration, and he was convicted on the other three.

  19. bbeaman78 says: Jul 26, 2012 5:25 PM

    The voicemails just further make me sick to my stomach what a monster this guy is. I really believe that spending the rest of his life in prison being a victim is still not enough. However, that won’t erase the damage to the kids whom he has ruined their lives.

    I am not a Penn State fan, but the current players, faculty, and students are paying the price for a few men.

    The bright spot from what I have seen and to whom I am most impressed with is coach O’Brien. That guy motivates me. I can tell you if i was an in-state high schooler who knew that I wouldn’t get a scholarship offer I would be first in line to play for Coach O’Brien and Penn State.

    FYI to the idiot who is spouting how Sandusky wasn’t convicted on Victim #2….Really?!?!? WTF! Are you related douche!

  20. charlescub80 says: Jul 26, 2012 6:08 PM

    Danny, the PSU culture is what helped keep the abuse quiet. “getting PSU back where it belongs”? This is exactly the mentality that caused this in the first place. Penn state is paying for what a select few did. What ever punishment it receives doesn’t come even close to the pain of the real victims. Penn state students and football players are NOT the victims! They will play football, they will get an education. The gall of some PSU students to say they are being punished is mind blowing! Football is a DAMN GAME! Luckily not all penn staters are so ignorant. However, because of a select few at PSU it’s now the scariest place in the country. Danny, you are just going to have to accept the fact that PSU leaders failed children, parents, teachers, students, and the whole athletic department . No Danny, things will NEVER be the same. It’s now time to shut up, fix the sick mentality that still exists, and begin the healing process.

  21. cometkazie says: Jul 26, 2012 6:29 PM

    Legally, how vulnerable is Paterno’s estate?

  22. mountaineer50415 says: Jul 26, 2012 6:49 PM

    I admit I wanted Sandusky and the others in charge to be convicted and sent to jail. I do not care about Paterno because there is nothing anyone can do to him. On the other hand I am sick of hearing what his wife and children have to say. I think they should be very quite or they may become defendents also. Difficult to believe they knew nothing.
    I do have a question though. If a person now receives a doctorate at Penn St. will they not be embarrassed to put in on the wall? If I needed a Dr. or Lawyer, I think I would think twice if he graduated from Penn ST. Maybe if they stay in that area they will be ok, but the way people are talking here, I can not see them in any other state. I would be thinking about going somewhere else to finish my education. Right or wrong some of these comments sound like a mob looking for a hanging.
    I admit to sounding off, but it seems like enough is enough. Charlescub80 say the Penn St. leaders let Penn St. down and nothing will ever be the same. That is true if people keep talking about it. How does anyone expect Penn St. to move forward in any way if they are going to condemn daily. Penn St. is being punished and I for one am satisfied. Let the courts take it from here. I do feel sorry for individuals in the Penn St. community. If this had happened to a University in the state I live, I would not be responsible. The only thing these people are guilty of is worshiping another human being. Is there anyone here who can say they never did that?

  23. dkhhuey says: Jul 26, 2012 7:50 PM

    Okay – they need to put this f@#$ing POS into the general population and let them sort it out! For this anally raping vile scumbag to phone a kid 1 week before his arrest just makes me sick to my stomach! My god I never wish ill will on another human being but this bastard and all who covered it up in the name of the PSU brand need to all get what they deserve and now!!!

  24. test2402 says: Jul 26, 2012 8:19 PM

    There is awful poor grammar on this blog for a college blog. Way to learn, idiots.

  25. cometkazie says: Jul 26, 2012 9:56 PM

    test2402 says:
    Jul 26, 2012 8:19 PM
    There is awful poor grammar on this blog for a college blog. Way to learn, idiots.
    I suspect many of the posters have not yet reached college age and an abundance of the remainder never darkened a college door.

    Or they are engineers.

  26. dannythebisforbeast says: Jul 26, 2012 10:01 PM

    No not related douche. Trying to clarify someone else’s comments prior to mine that said he was convicted. Trust me I wish he hung himself.

  27. southernpatriots says: Jul 26, 2012 10:18 PM

    cometkazie says:
    Jul 26, 2012 6:29 PM
    Legally, how vulnerable is Paterno’s estate?


    A one word answer: VERY

  28. cometkazie says: Jul 26, 2012 10:27 PM

    southernpatriots says:
    Jul 26, 2012 10:18 PM
    cometkazie says:
    Jul 26, 2012 6:29 PM
    Legally, how vulnerable is Paterno’s estate?


    A one word answer: VERY


  29. papalurchdxb says: Jul 27, 2012 12:32 AM

    the guy thought he was invincible, this was going on until September 2011? ! Take them all for every cent they will ever see, not just PSU, take the individuals responsible too. PSU are responsible as the institution which failed, but the individuals are more so for their willingness to ignore what they were presented with – and we’re all looking at you Paterno’s.

  30. realitytaste says: Jul 27, 2012 12:34 AM

    You saying “very” – on what basis are you saying this? Are you a lawyer? If so, , prove it. I’ve heard different.

  31. mungman69 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:58 AM

    Get them all.

  32. draconian1111 says: Jul 27, 2012 6:42 AM

    It’s just too bad that all of this took so long and that nobody really stood up before – but I guess I understand the stigma and why the pause…

    Not really understanding why we need to have Uncle Jerry on suicide watch though… are hoping to see him do it.

    I am a born and bred Nebraska fan (born in Omaha) and my heart goes out to Penn State. I hope with all the sanctions – you can compete – hell – maybe even beat us – because there will be no joy in beating a depleted team. The players and current staff – did NO wrong.

  33. southernpatriots says: Jul 27, 2012 6:48 AM


    My family and friends with two long time friends in our annual work in Central Appalachia, helping the children there. One friend is a prominent attorney in Pittsburgh, and the other with a firm in Philly.

    Pennsylvania case law has many precedents to allow litigants to reach back to assets which were transferred to family members (home and estate transferred to Sue for $1, or other assets transferred to Jay, etc) as well as assets which according to the courts were “hidden” for the sake of avoiding to pay anticipated settlements or judgments.

    In similar cases, courts have gone back for years, and in some cases, even many years to retrieve assets.

  34. florida727 says: Jul 27, 2012 7:38 AM

    “southernpatriots”, thanks for the legal answers in your 4:35p post yesterday. One of the things I look forward to as football season arrives is renewing my communications with you all. God bless.

    As for the announcement of this lawsuit, this should be watched carefully. It’ll (rightly so) lay the foundation for all the ones that are certain to follow. Since this was the most publicized incident, it’ll be the basis for rulings in the subsequent litigations. Once this case’s conclusion is determined, it’ll actually facilitate the others being “fast tracked” to conclusion, in my opinion. The suits will come in a wave once this particular one is determined. It’ll help the other attorneys structure their settlement demands. Best wishes to the victims. Nothing will truly relieve the pain they must be feeling, but at least they exact some measure of justice, at least financially, by filing these actions. It’s the very least they deserve after what they’ve been put through. I applaud them for exhibiting the strength to come forward at trial. That could not have been easy for them.

  35. randomguy9999 says: Jul 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    PSU students, alumni, faculty, administration, and governance created a situation where Paterno and his crew had so much power that they could cover up literally anything….

    PSUers think anything is AOK as long as the money and wins keep on rolling… and that’s how it happened…

    everyone at PSU should be ashamed of what happened on their watch…

    not making excuses, trying to build convoluted internet cases, and figuring out how to get the gravy train rolling again…..

  36. southernpatriots says: Jul 27, 2012 7:55 PM

    To all posters on this thread: Please forgive the improper sentence structure in my previous post. I have no excuse, I know better, this time I did not do better. The rush at the airport at LAX which was a bedlam when the flight numbers, times and GATES CHANGED! put me in a great rush and I did no proof reading. Thank you for your understanding and interpretation of what I posted.

    florida727: You articulated the situation excellently as always. You are quite correct on all counts. This first test case will reveal what evidence is accepted by the Commonwealth Law Judge and what hoops he/she may make the litigant (or his attorney) go through.

    With the world watching, as I am sure the judge knows, I would think the judge will give every legal benefit to the victim and his presentation of the facts. I hope the defense attorney is not allowed to humiliate the victim and say, “Did you do anything to encourage {this behavior} by Sandusky?” “Why do you think Penn State administrators (insert names here) or Coach Paterno share any responsibility for the abuse you alledged to have happened?” The judge could stop the defense attorney from any of these fishing expeditions, stating emphatically that all findings of guilt are already on record for Sandusky and that the civil action is to determine if and to what extent damages should be awarded to Victim #2.

    I hope the victims have the best legal representation possible and that it is pro-bono, because the attorneys will receive publicity and notoriety that no amount of advertising could ever provide.

    You are so right my friend, I will watch this trial intently. Several friends plan on attending the trial each session, one will have press credentials as he will be reporting it for his local town newspaper. He heard there will be a lottery on which reporters (and maybe spectators) will be chosen for the limited seating in the courtroom.

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