About three months after his abuser was sentenced to what essentially equates to life in prison, the man known as Victim 6 is suing Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and The Second Mile.
The suit, filed yesterday afternoon in Philadelphia, seeks at least $75,000 citing physical and mental distress. It argues that Penn State officials and The Second Mile purposely concealed Sandusky’s behavior. The lawsuit alleges that Penn State had “paramount financial interest in protecting the reputation and commercial viability of its football program,” which allowed Sandusky to “trade on and exploite his status as an associate of Paterno and member of the football staff to further his grooming and assaults on young men.”
Victim 6 was the boy who probed the 1998 police investigation that resulted in no charges being filed. During Sandusky’s June trial, Victim 6 testified that the former Penn State coach often referred to himself as the “tickle monster” when around him.
“We are aware of the case brought today by Victim 6 against the University, and it has been referred to legal counsel,” Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote to StateCollege.com. “As this is an ongoing piece of litigation, we can’t comment further at this time.”
Penn State is currently facing multiple lawsuits, and although it has been tight-lipped on the process, the University has hired mediators to handle victim settlements. The Second Mile, the charitable foundation which Sandusky founded decades ago, folded last May.