HARRISBURG, Pa. — Seven men, including Jerry Sandusky’s adopted son and a Sandusky victim key to longtime coach Joe Paterno’s firing, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school’s former assistant football coach, their lawyer says.
Settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky, as well as the young man known as Victim 2 in court records and three other victims who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial, Philadelphia attorney Matt Casey said Friday.
Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family.
Victim 2 has said he was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a team shower in 2001. McQueary notified Paterno and school officials at the time, but police were never called, an omission that eventually led to Paterno’s firing.
Sandusky spent three decades at Penn State under Paterno. A 1998 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy — one of those who testified against him — was investigated by university police, but no charges were filed. McQueary witnessed a different incident involving Victim 2 in the team shower in 2001.