A young man who testified against Jerry Sandusky during his trial is now suing Penn State for its role in covering up and ignoring warning signs related to the former assistant football coach.
The lawsuit was filed by the person referred to as “Victim 1” at the trial, and alleges the university was “deliberate and shameful” in its handling of the evidence it was given that Sandusky behaved inappropriately and sexually towards boys.
It further states that university officials made deliberate decisions not to report Sandusky to authorities as a result of its “economic self-interests, and to its interest in maintaining and perpetuating its reputation.”
The suit was filed Friday night in a Philadelphia state court by Slade McLaughlin, Victim 1’s lawyer. Victim 1’s accusations sparked all the investigation that led to criminal charges against Sandusky and two university officials.
The lawsuit relies on court testimony, grand jury investigations and the Penn State-backed report compiled by former FBI director Louis Freeh.
Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said the school has no comment on the pending litigation.
The lawsuit alleges that Victim 1 met Sandusky when the boy was 11, about eight years ago. In his second year at a camp sponsored by The Second Mile, the boy drew the attention of Sandusky. He then accepted invitations to spend the night at the coach’s home in State College and attended sporting events with him.
Sandusky reportedly sexually assaulted the boy 100 times over a three-year period that ended in 2008. Sandusky was convicted of all six counts that related to Victim 1 at his trial.