Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Sandusky accuser talks about 'long battle' for justice

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A man whose claims of being abused as a child began the investigation of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is speaking out publicly by name for the first time, People magazine said Thursday.

Eighteen-year-old Aaron Fisher is known in court papers as Victim 1. He told People magazine he decided to come forward with a book to tell other victims it's better to tell people about abuse than remain silent.

Fisher, one of eight young men who testified against Sandusky, said he and Sandusky's other victims "had a very long battle to see justice done."

Fisher is expected to appear on ABC today. His book comes out next week.

The police investigation that led to charges against Sandusky began after Fisher and his mother alerted school officials in 2008.

Sandusky was convicted in June on charges he sexually abused 10 boys. He maintains his innocence and on Thursday asked Judge John Cleland to overturn his convictions and grant him a new trial, claiming his lawyers lacked sufficient time to prepare and the statute of limitations for some charges had expired.

Sandusky's lawyers made the filing at the courthouse in Bellefonte where he was sentenced two weeks ago to 30 to 60 years in prison.

"The defendant submits the court's sentence was excessive and tantamount . . . to a life sentence, which the defendant submits is in violation of his rights," they wrote.

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