A man who says he was molested by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, says the attorney general’s office doesn’t want to file criminal charges in his case.
The man’s attorneys say their client was abused by Sandusky in 1988, while attending a football camp at Penn State University. They said he went to the Pa. State Police in 2011 and reported the crime. The case was referred to the AG’s office, where no action was taken.
The man’s lawyers filed a private criminal complaint against Sandusky last September. But this month, the lawyers said they received a letter from the AG’s office denying approval of the complaint over concerns about the statute of limitations.
The alleged victim’s lawyers said they will appeal the attorney general’s decision next week in Centre County. They have scheduled a press conference for next Wednesday.
Sandusky was convicted in 2012 of 45 counts of sexually abusing young children. He is serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence.
The man’s family released a statement that reads, in part:
“(Name removed) was destined for greatness. He was an excellent student, extremely gifted athlete, and a model citizen. He was the President of his high school class during his freshmen and sophomore years, and excelled on the football field. He was considered by many to be the top Division 1A quarterback prospective student-athlete in the State of Massachusetts, by leading his High School team to a victory over the #1 ranked football team in the country, as well as to two Super Bowl titles.
After being invited to and attending the Penn State Football Camp his life slowly began to spiral out of control, including a life of drugs, alcohol, and serious crime; and none of us, including his parents, family, or friends could figure out what had happened. He was actively being recruited by such schools as Michigan, Syracuse, and Penn State. Unbeknownst to any of us, (name removed) had been a victim of sexual assault and blamed himself for what had happened at the Penn State Football Camp. He secretly lived with this guilt and shame for approximately twenty seven years before finally telling his story.
(Name removed)’s life has been ruined as well as his family’s. He continues to seek validation and he is now at the point where he wants other sexual assault victims to know that they are not alone. Having been deemed credible by Pennsylvania law enforcement and the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office, (name removed) seeks to face his perpetrator in a court of law. The only way this can be done for him is to fall within the criminal and/or civil Statute of Limitations. We feel that his attorneys have addressed this and would like his case to move forward with the Attorney General’s Office.”