CNN: Jerry Sandusky May Face More Sexual Assault Charges
According to CNN, a man who says Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him during a football camp in 1988 filed a private criminal complaint in Pennsylvania that would return the convicted child abuser to the courtroom.
“Victim X,” who was a junior in high school at the time he says the assault occurred, was both a football and baseball recruit. Victim X stated he was molested twice by Sandusky, once in the infamous showers where at least four sexual assaults have reportedly occurred, and once in Sandusky’s office.
After the assaults, Victim X began to lose control of his emotions and resorted to detrimental alternatives, according to CNN, “from drinking and drugging, destruction, confusion, anger and rage.” By the time Victim X reached his 20’s, he had accumulated numerous criminal arrests and was brought up on drug and theft charges, as well as a manslaughter charge. As the story unfolded in November 2011, the victim was watching from a jail cell and immediately called his attorney.
Shortly after the victim contacted his attorney, investigators from Pennsylvania’s State Attorney General’s Office conducted a four-hour interview. According to police, his story seemed credible as he accurately described Penn State’s football facilities in a hand drawn diagram.
Victim X’s case was not part of the original 10 cases used in trial, but instead was shelved for the possibility of a “round two,” when a new set of charges would be brought against the former defensive coordinator.
“They told me that I would be part of the second criminal trial the following year, but they never had the second trial,” said the alleged victim.
“What we’re asking for is his day in court against Jerry Sandusky,” said Mitchell Garabedian, Victim X’s attorney, to CNN. “It’s not unusual for victims to take this avenue to want to proceed criminally against a person who effectively has a life sentence.”
The issue that the victim faces is the statute of limitations on the case, which expired 14 years ago. Unless an exception is made, Victim X may never get his day in court with Sandusky.
Numerous victims have settled with Penn State, but there remains a group that have refused to settle and are still anticipating their day in court. Victim X and his family believe that if the abuse had been reported earlier, it is likely that his case would have been discovered and fallen in line with the civil statute of limitations.