Matt Sandusky, Wife, and Children File for Name Change

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One of Jerry Sandusky’s adopted children is filing to have his last name changed. Matt Sandusky, who alleged abuse by Jerry midway through his trial last year, filed a petition in Centre County Court on Wednesday on behalf of himself, his wife, and his four children.

The documents are sealed, but according to an electronic filing in Centre County Court, Matt Sandusky filed the petition and sent fingerprints to Harrisburg yesterday. There are six plaintiffs on the petition.

In June 2012, Matt Sandusky was anticipated to testify for the defense as a character witness for his adoptive father. Halfway through Jerry Sandusky’s trial, Matt alleged that he, too, had been molested by the former Penn State assistant coach. He never testified and hasn’t spoken about it publicly since.

Jerry Sandusky’s wife and Matt Sandusky’s adoptive mother, Dottie, testified that she never saw her husband do anything wrong.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted last year on 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced in October to 30-60 years in prison and is serving his sentence in solitary confinement at SCI Greene.

Photo By: Dave Cole
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Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014, and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is a director of the Nittany Valley Society 501(c)(3) and is involved in student government.

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