Jerry Sandusky’s Victim 2 – the young boy raped in a Penn State locker-room shower in 2001 – came forward today and launched a lawsuit aimed at the school.
Now in his 20s, the man’s name wasn’t known until today, but lawyers at Ross Feller Casey said they have undeniable proof of his identity, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
“We have conducted an extensive investigation and gathered overwhelming evidence regarding the details of the abuse he suffered,” a prepared release from the firm said.
The Pennsylvania-based legal team is working with three other unnamed plaintiffs – Victims 3, 7 and 10 – and Matt Sandusky, the assistant coach’s adopted son.
Matt Sandusky admitted during his father’s trial that he was also abused.
Sandusky awaits sentencing after a jury found him guilty on 45 of 48 sexual abuse counts last month.
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Victim 2's story was considered the linchpin in the prosecution case, Reuters said.
It was Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary who walked into the locker-room and witnessed the rape.
The lawyers also released voice mail that Sandusky left for Victim 2.
In one, Sandusky tells the young boy that he loves him after inviting him to a football game.
They said Sandusky left the victim messages as late as 2011.
“Just calling to see you know whether you had any interest in going to the Penn State game this Saturday. Uh. If you could get back to me and let me know, uh, I would appreciate it and when you get this message, uh, give me a call and I hope to talk to you later. Thanks. I love you.”
The lawyers didn’t release what damages they are seeking in the civil lawsuit.
“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,” their statement read.
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