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Sandusky shower abuse victim to sue Penn State

  • FILE - In this combination of 2012 file photos, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, left, leaves the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. in handcuffs, and former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary waits in line for a public viewing for Penn State football coach Joe Paterno in State College, Pa. A man who claims to be the unknown victim molested in a Penn State shower by Sandusky in a case that led to Paterno's firing intends to sue the university for its "egregious and reckless conduct" that facilitated the abuse, his lawyers said Thursday, July 26, 2012. The identity of so-called Victim 2 has been a central mystery in the Sandusky case, and jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to him judging largely by the testimony of McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant at the time and described seeing the attack. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

HARRISBURG, Pa. — For months, the identity of the boy who was sexually assaulted in the locker room showers by Jerry Sandusky was one of the biggest mysteries of the Penn State scandal. Now, for the first time, a man has come forward to claim he was that boy, and is threatening to sue the university.

The man's lawyers said Thursday they have done an extensive investigation and gathered "overwhelming evidence" on details of the abuse by Sandusky, the former assistant football coach convicted of using his position at Penn State and as head of a youth charity to molest boys over a period of 15 years.

Jurors convicted Sandusky last month of offenses related to so-called Victim 2 largely on the testimony of Mike McQueary, who was a team graduate assistant and described seeing the attack.

"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 lawyers said in a news release.

They did not name their client, and The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent.


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