'Victim 6' Sues Penn State, The Second Mile and Jerry Sandusky
The man who was known as 'Victim 6' during Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse trial in June is suing Penn State, The Second Mile and Sandusky, holding each responsible for the abuse and the repercussions he says he suffered.
A civil suit was filed in federal court in Philadelphia on Tuesday and alleges that Penn State had "paramount financial interest in protecting the reputation and commercial viability of its football program," which allowed Sandusky to "traded on and exploited his status as an associate of Paterno and member of the [Penn State] football staff to further his grooming and assaults on young men."
The complaint says Sandusky used his charity, The Second Mile, as a 'hunting ground' for his victims.
Victim 6 says Penn State expended all of its efforts on concealing Sandusky's actions to, according to court documents, protect its "legendary and financially lucrative football program," despite other members of the university faculty witnessing "inappropriately showering with young boys in the Lasch Football Building," according to court documents.
"We are aware of the case brought today by Victim 6 against the University, and it has been referred to legal counsel," Penn State spokeswoman Lisa Powers wrote in an email. "As this is an ongoing piece of litigation, we can't comment further at this time."
The complaint cites former assistant coach Richard Anderson as an example of a witness to Sandusky's actions. Anderson testified as a character witness for the defense in Sandusky's trial and said he believed there was nothing unusual about adults showering with children.
Victim 6, called 'John Doe 6' in the complaint, testified in June that he was assaulted by Sandusky in 1998 in the locker room shower after an afternoon of working out. The boy's mother was alarmed by her son's wet hair, found out about the shower, and alerted authorities.
Sandusky was confronted by the boy's mother in her home while police were secretly listening in. Sandusky told the mother of Victim 6 that he 'wished he was dead' and knew he wouldn't be granted her forgiveness, but then-District Attorney Ray Gricar never pressed charges.
Gricar has been missing for more than seven years.
Sandusky, 68, was sentenced to 30-60 years in prison on Oct. 9. He was convicted on 45 of 48 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period on June 22. He is incarcerated at SCI Greene, a maximum-security prison.