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Penn State – Child Abuse Lawsuit – What Will the Evidence Prove?

By David Wolf, Attorney
Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network


In Pennsylvania, the first civil lawsuit has been filed against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the charity founded by former Coach Jerry Sandusky. The victim, who is now 29 years old, alleged that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times. It is anticipated that other lawsuits will follow by other victims of Jerry Sandusky. In an attempt to use public relations, Jerry Sandusky has given some interviews to major news outlets. He has admitted to “horsing around” and to “showers” with or near the boys. Mr. Sandusky’s judgment was certainly poor and it appears that he continued his bad behavior or poor judgment for years without any appreciable intervention by the police, Penn State University, or any of his superiors at the college. It will be interesting to see what evidence is developed through the lawsuit as well as the criminal investigation that is currently pending. In light of the criminal investigation and the multiple reports from different victims / witnesses of Jerry Sandusky’s bad acts, it is difficult to comprehend Sandusky’s ongoing denial of any criminal or abusive conduct. Of course, Sandusky will be entitled to a criminal defense in the prosecution(s) against him. The case will result in a dismissal, plea deal, or trial. Since there appears to be plenty of evidence against him, it is unlikely that there will be a dismissal of the criminal charges. As such, the case will either be tried in front of a jury or will result in a plea deal. As for the civil case, there will be a settlement, trial, or court order establishing the case or throwing it out. Time will tell how all of these cases turn out. Hopefully, the truth will shine through and justice will prevail. See Sandusky Sued for Abuse in Pennsylvania.

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