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Focus Turns to Penn State in Wake of Sandusky Verdict, Victim's Attorney Says

by on June 25, 2012 5:15 AM

Civil suits are coming, and Penn State knows it.

Moments after Jerry Sandusky learned he would be going to jail forever, Penn State released a statement saying it will “invite victims” to settle civil litigation against the university.

Victim No. 5 is one. His attorney, Tom Kline, said Friday’s verdict brought resolution to the predator.

But now, it’s time to go after the enabler.

“I don’t know what it’s going to cost,” Kline said. “I frankly am more interested in the first instance and what they did, how they enabled Mr. Sandusky and how they can improve themselves.

“This isn’t about money. Mr. Amendola said it’s about money. That was rejected. What this is about is young men who were violated, and so we now have to look to who was responsible. There’s two sets of circumstances, the perpetrator and the enabler. We now have to turn our attention to Penn State.

“By the way, I think we’re going to find the prosecutors are turning their attention there as well.”

The grand jury is continuing to meet in Harrisburg.

Penn State was issued a fresh batch of subpoenas in the spring, including president Rodney Erickson, who has yet to testify in front of the grand jury, according to a Penn State spokesman.

More charges could be forthcoming.

Then there’s the matter of Louis Freeh and his team that has interviewed hundreds since launching an independent investigation last fall looking into the missteps that occurred and what changes should be made in wake of the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

The report is expected to come out later this summer. It will be released to the public, university’s Board of Trustees and officials at the same time.

“I’m waiting to see the Freeh report because Penn State hired a well-respected former FBI director and has promised us, promised that they’ll come clean,” Kline said. “So now I wanna see just how clean they come and what we have.”

Added Kline: “I’ve made no bones about it. Despite what Mr. Amendola and his legal has to say about lawyers and how they are out for money, the fact of the matter is these boys came into this courthouse for justice, for nothing more than justice.

“This verdict proves that in America the mightiest have to answer for their crimes, and it also shows young victims of sexual abuse that they can come forward, that they can be heard, and it also shows institutions in America that they must be responsible.

“They must put policies and procedures in place. They can’t give the keys to the locker room to men who are believed to be sexual predators.”

Sandusky was convicted on 45 counts in a child sex abuse case. He remains on suicide watch at Centre County Correctional Facility while he awaits sentencing, which will occur in no more than 90 days.



Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for StateCollege.com. He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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