The Jerry Sandusky scandal has taken another turn as the investigation into the former Penn State football coach has now officially made its way into the courts system. A new alleged victim filed the first civil lawsuit on Wednesday morning, stating that he was sexually abused by the former Nittany Lions assistant "over one hundred times."
The new victim is only described in the lawsuit as being under 30 years of age and was referred to as John Doe throughout, but the suit notes that Sandusky met the boy in 1992 when he was 10 years old while participating in programs sponsored by the Second Mile foundation.
According to Lehigh Valley's The Morning Call, the new alleged victim is seeking in excess of $900,000 -- $100,000 from Sandusky, $400,000 from Penn State and $400,000 from The Second Mile.
The lawsuit is posted online (hat-tip to Andrew McGill) and says that Sandusky threatened the new alleged victim and his family if he told anyone about the abuse, forcing the victim to stay silent in the matter until the recent allegations emerged. The alleged victim also released a statement, presented by his lawyers at a press conference Wednesday:
I am the man in this lawsuit and I'm writing this statement and taking this action because I don't want other kids to be hurt and abused by Jerry Sandusky or anybody like Penn State to allow people like him to do it -- rape kids! I never told anybody what he did to me over 100 times at all kinds of places until the newspapers reported that he had abused other kids and the people at Penn State and Second Mile didn't do the things they should have to protect me and the other kids. I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me. Now that I have told and done something about it I am feeling better and going to get help and work with the police. I want other people who have been hurt to know they can come forward and get help and help protect others in the future.
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