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The Virginian-Pilot(Norfolk, VA.)
August 25, 2013 Sunday
The Virginian-Pilot Edition
FRONT; Pg. A9
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Sandusky's adopted son among 7 to reach deals with Penn State

By Mark Scolforo

The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa.

Seven men, including Jerry Sandusky's adopted son and a man key to longtime coach Joe Paterno's firing, have completed deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, their lawyer says.

Settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky; the young man known as Victim 2 in court records; and the men who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial known as Victim 3, Victim 7 and Victim 10, Philadelphia attorney Matt Casey said Friday. Two other men also reached deals with the school, according to a report by The Morning Call newspaper.

Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family.

The man known as Victim 2 said he was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a team shower in 2001. McQueary notified Paterno and school officials at the time, but police were never called, an omission that eventually led to Paterno's firing.

Sandusky was convicted in June 2010 of 45 counts, found guilty of raping or fondling boys he had met through the acclaimed youth charity he founded, The Second Mile.

Casey did not disclose the terms of the settlements but said they took shape some time ago and were completed a week ago.

"To say they're relieved, I think, is a fair statement," Casey said. "But it's also accurate to say that, while we've closed this chapter, there's a whole lot of this that's necessarily inadequate. And that can't be helped, because of how ... really unspeakable this experience has been and continues to be for them."

The men known in court documents as Victims 3, 7 and 10 released statements through the lawyers, saying that although they are relieved the settlement process is over, they won't get their childhoods back.

Victim 7 said: "Despite the settlements, my life will never feel 'back to normal.' If I had the power to go back in time and not ever meet Jerry Sandusky, I wouldn't hesitate."

One week ago, a lawyer disclosed the first settlement with Victim 5, whom Sandusky assaulted in 2001 six months after McQueary reported the incident to university officials, according to a report by the Centre Daily Times. Of the 31 lawsuits filed against the school amid the Sandusky scandal, 24 are expected to be settled in the near future, according to a lawyer brought in by Penn State to facilitate negotiations.

A Penn State spokesman said Friday only that settlement talks continued to progress. He declined to comment further.

ap file photo Matt Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, told investigators before the trial that he also had been abused by his father.
August 25, 2013

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