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First Penn State abuse suit comes from new accuser

PHILADELPHIA — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky sexually abused a boy more than 100 times and threatened to harm his family to keep him quiet, according to a lawsuit filed Wednesday by a new accuser who is not part of the criminal case.

The 29-year-old, identified only as John Doe, had never told anyone about the alleged abuse until Sandusky was charged this month with abusing other boys. His lawyer said he filed a complaint with law enforcement Tuesday. He became the first plaintiff to file suit in the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal a day later.

The lawsuit claims Sandusky abused the boy from 1992, when the boy was 10, until 1996 at the coach's State College home, in a Penn State locker room and on trips, including to a bowl game.

"I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened, but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me," the plaintiff said in a statement his lawyer read aloud at a news conference.

The man was not referenced in the grand jury report that charges Sandusky with abusing eight boys over a 15-year period. But the account echoes the grand jury's description of trips, gifts and attention lavished on other alleged victims.

First Penn State abuse suit comes from new accuser 11/30/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 30, 2011 11:16pm]
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