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Penn State's Attorney Asks Judge to Hold Victim 1's Civil Suit

by on September 19, 2012 1:56 PM

One Penn State attorney asked a Philadelphia judge to grant a stay in the civil case filed by Jerry Sandusky's Victim 1 until the completion of the ongoing grand jury investigation and the case against two former Penn State administrators. 

James Keller filed the motion last week, citing two other civil cases against Penn State that were each recently granted a stay "in light of the ongoing and well-publicized criminal proceedings against university officials." Both cases remain active, as would the civil suit filed by Victim 1.

Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre said, "This was nothing more than a procedural move. The university remains committed to resolving the victims' claims in a fair manner that also respects their privacy."

Ongoing activity prompting the request for a stay includes the grand jury investigation and the criminal trials of former Penn State vice president Gary Schultz and former Penn State athletic director Tim Curley. Schultz recently filed to have his case separated from Curley's as well as his charges severed from one another. 

Both men face a charge of felony perjury for allegedly lying to a grand jury and a summary charge of failure to report.

Keller filed a motion for extraordinary relief and asked for consideration of the motion to be expedited, "as a responsive pleading deadline is fast approaching," he wrote in his letter sent to the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas. 

Victim 1, who testified in June that as a minor, he was sexually abused by Sandusky multiple times, filed the civil suit through an attorney in August. Victim 1 was the first to report his abuse by Sandusky to officials. At first, no one believed him, but his allegations eventually sparked an investigation that led to the grand jury report that indicted Sandusky and ousted top leadership at Penn State. 

Sandusky, 68, was convicted on June 22 on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period. He will be sentenced on Oct. 9 in the Centre County Courthouse.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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