First lawsuit filed against Penn State in child molestation case

Jon Campisi Nov. 30, 2011, 3:14pm


PHILADELPHIA (Legal Newsline) - The first civil action arising out of the Pennsylvania State University child sex-abuse scandal has been filed in state court.

Attorney Jeffrey A. Anderson of St. Paul, Minn., and Washington Crossing, Pa. attorney Marci A. Hamilton filed the lawsuit Nov. 30 at the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas on behalf of a man identified only as "John Doe A."

The man's identity has been hidden because he was a minor when the alleged sex crimes against him were perpetrated.

The lawsuit names as defendants former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky; The Second Mile, which is a charitable organization for disadvantaged youth that was founded by Sandusky in the late 1970s; and Penn State University.

Sandusky has since been charged with 40 criminal counts in connection with his alleged molestation of eight children between the late 1990s and earlier last decade.

Wednesday's filing is the first civil complaint in what is expected to be a slew of lawsuits against the university and those involved in the alleged child sex-abuse scandal.

The complaint states that John Doe A met Sandusky in 1992 when the plaintiff was just 10 years old.

"Sandusky met John Doe A through the Second Mile and recruited, groomed and coerced Plaintiff, showering him with gifts, travel and privileges," the lawsuit states.

The complaint alleges that Sandusky sexually victimized the plaintiff, who is now under 30 years of age, between 1992 and 1996.

"John Doe A was too young to have given any consent, and Sandusky's abuse was in fact unwanted and has caused substantial harm to John Doe A," the lawsuit states.

The complaint alleges that Sandusky sexually molested the boy more than 100 times.

To read the entire article, visit the Pennsylvania Record.

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