Report: Accuser No. 12 sues Sandusky
A man who claims he was plied with whiskey and sexually abused as a child by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky has become the second accuser to file a civil lawsuit against him, his lawyer said Thursday.
Attorney Charles Schmidt told Penn State’s student newspaper, The Daily Collegian, the lawsuit was filed Dec. 22 in Philadelphia County.
The alleged victim is the 12th person to bring a claim of sexual abuse against the former longtime defensive coordinator. The 20-year-old man’s claims were reported earlier this month by The Harrisburg Patriot-News, with Schmidt saying at that time a lawsuit was likely.
"We hope to gain some sense of justice," Schmidt said. "[The lawsuit] is more of an act of getting back for what happened to him."
Schmidt said he also plans to file a criminal complaint within the next month, which would go into greater detail about the allegations.
The man, who was 12 at the time of the alleged incident, claims he was abused once in 2004 in the Penn State football building. The man had been involved with Second Mile, which Sandusky founded in 1977 to help underprivileged kids.
It is the second civil lawsuit filed against Sandusky, Penn State, and Second Mile related to the alleged molestation.
Sandusky, 67, has been charged with 50 criminal counts of sexual abuse and child endangerment from what prosecutors said was his molestation of 10 young boys he met through Second Mile over a 15-year period.
He has maintained his innocence in the case and is set to go on trial in 2012.