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UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to No Less than 30 yrs.

Postby PerryPeabody » Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:54 am

Child Sex Charges Rock Penn St. Athletics
by The Associated Press

text size A A A November 6, 2011 An explosive sex abuse scandal and possible cover-up rocked Happy Valley after former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno's heir apparent, was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period. Among the allegations was that a graduate assistant saw Sandusky assault a boy in the shower at the Nittany Lions' practice center in 2002.

Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to use the school's facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids. The state grand jury investigation also resulted in perjury charges against Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director, and Gary Schultz, vice president for finance and business. The two administrators were accused of failing to alert police — as required by state law — of their investigation of the allegations.

"This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys," state Attorney General Linda Kelly said Saturday in a statement.

Paterno, who last week became the winningest coach in Division I football, wasn't charged, and the grand jury report didn't appear to implicate him in wrongdoing.

Under Paterno's four-decades-and-counting stewardship, the Nittany Lions became a bedrock in the college game, and fans packed the stadium in State College, a campus town routinely ranked among America's best places to live and nicknamed Happy Valley. Paterno's teams were revered both for winning games — including two national championships — and largely steering clear of trouble. Sandusky, whose defenses were usually anchored by tough-guy linebackers — hence the moniker "Linebacker U" — spent three decades at the school. The charges against him cover the period from 1994 to 2009.

Sandusky, 67, was arrested Saturday and released on $100,000 bail after being arraigned on 40 criminal counts. Curley, 57, and Schultz, 62, were expected to turn themselves in on Monday in Harrisburg.

The allegations against Sandusky, who started The Second Mile in 1977, range from sexual advances to touching to oral and anal sex. The young men testified before a state grand jury that they were in their early teens when some of the abuse occurred; there is evidence even younger children may have been victimized. Sandusky's attorney Joe Amendola said his client has been aware of the accusations for about three years and has maintained his innocence.

"He's shaky, as you can expect," Amendola told WJAC-TV after Sandusky was arraigned. "Being 67 years old, never having faced criminal charges in his life and having the distinguished career that he's had, these are very serious allegations."

A preliminary hearing scheduled for Wednesday would likely be delayed, Amendola said. Sandusky is charged with multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, indecent assault and unlawful contact with a minor, as well as single counts of aggravated indecent assault and attempted indecent assault.

No one answered a knock at the door Saturday at Sandusky's modest, two-story brick home at the end of a dead-end road in State College. A man who answered the door at The Second Mile office in State College declined to give his name and said the organization had no comment.

The grand jury said eight boys were targets of sexual advances or assaults by Sandusky. None was named, and in at least one case, the jury said the child's identity remains unknown to authorities.

One accuser, now 27, testified that Sandusky initiated contact with a "soap battle" in the shower that led to multiple instances of involuntary sexual intercourse and indecent assault at Sandusky's hands, the grand jury report said.

He said he traveled to charity functions and Penn State games with Sandusky, even being listed as a member of the Sandusky family party for the 1998 Outback Bowl and 1999 Alamo Bowl. But when the boy resisted his advances, Sandusky threatened to send him home from the Alamo Bowl, the report said.

Sandusky also gave him clothes, shoes, a snowboard, golf clubs, hockey gear and football jerseys, and even guaranteed that he could walk on to the football team, the grand jury said, and the boy also appeared with Sandusky in a photo in Sports Illustrated. He testified that Sandusky once gave him $50 to buy marijuana, drove him to purchase it and then drove him home as the boy smoked the drug.

The first case to come to light was a boy who met Sandusky when he was 11 or 12, the grand jury said. The boy received expensive gifts and trips to sports events from Sandusky, and physical contact began during his overnight stays at Sandusky's home, jurors said. Eventually, the boy's mother reported the allegations of sexual assault to his high school, and Sandusky was banned from the child's school district in Clinton County in 2009. That triggered the state investigation that culminated in charges Saturday.

But the report also alleges much earlier instances of abuse and details failed efforts to stop it by some who became aware of what was happening.

Another child, known only as a boy about 11 to 13, was seen by a janitor pinned against a wall while Sandusky performed oral sex on him in fall 2000, the grand jury said.

And in 2002, Kelly said, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Curley, prosecutors said.

Curley and Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half later, Kelly said.

"Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law," Kelly said.

There's no indication that anyone at school attempted to find the boy or follow up with the witness, she said.

Curley denied that the assistant had reported anything of a sexual nature, calling it "merely 'horsing around,'" the 23-page grand jury report said. But he also testified that he barred Sandusky from bringing children onto campus and that he advised Penn State President Graham Spanier of the matter.

The grand jury said Curley was lying, Kelly said, adding that it also deemed portions of Schultz's testimony not to be credible.

Schultz told the jurors he also knew of a 1998 investigation involving sexually inappropriate behavior by Sandusky with a boy in the showers the football team used.

But despite his job overseeing campus police, he never reported the 2002 allegations to any authorities, "never sought or received a police report on the 1998 incident and never attempted to learn the identity of the child in the shower in 2002," the jurors wrote. "No one from the university did so."

Lawyers for both Curley and Schultz issued statements saying they are innocent of all charges.

In response to a request for comment from Paterno, a spokesman for the athletic department said all such questions would be referred to university representatives, who released a statement from Spanier calling the allegations against Sandusky "troubling" and adding that Curley and Schultz had his unconditional support.

He predicted they will be exonerated.

"I have known and worked daily with Tim and Gary for more than 16 years," Spanier said. "I have complete confidence in how they handled the allegations about a former university employee."

Sandusky, once considered a potential successor to Paterno, drew up the defenses for the Nittany Lions' national-title teams in 1982 and 1986. The team is enjoying another successful run this season; at 8-1, Penn State is ranked No. 16 in the AP Top 25 and is the last undefeated squad in Big Ten play. The Nittany Lions were off Saturday.

As the head football coach, Paterno has spent years cultivating a reputation for putting integrity ahead of modern college-sports economics. It's a notion that has benefited Penn State's marketing and recruiting efforts over the decades and one that the Big Ten school's alumni proudly tout years after they leave.

"We're supposed to be one of the universities to follow after, someone to look up to," said sophomore Brian Prewitt of Poughkeepsie, N.Y. "Now that people on the top are involved, it's going to be bad."

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Re: Child Sex Charges Rock Penn St. Athletics

Postby Alexandria » Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:42 pm

The prosecution has finished an intense ( and brief) case.

Sandusky is with a prosecution psychologist today.

Monday the defense will most likely begin their case.
Can't wait to hear about that! I hope Sandusky takes the stand. The old perv.
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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Trial

Postby Fashionista » Mon Jun 18, 2012 1:49 pm

Jerry Sandusky Trial Hears From Tearful Mom of Victim 9


BELLEFONTE, Pa. June 18, 2012

The mother of a boy who says he was raped by former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky tearfully told a jury today that she felt responsible for pushing her son to spend time with the coach because "he was Jerry Sandusky. He was an important guy."

The prosecution's final witness in their case against Sandusky said that she never asked her son, the man known as Victim 9, what exactly happened to him in Sandusky's basement during the sleepovers he said he had every weekend for nearly four years.

On Thursday, Victim 9, an 18-year-old man, said that he was repeatedly forced to perform oral sex on Sandusky and be sodomized by Sandusky in the coach's basement. The testimony followed seven other witnesses who said they were sexually abused by Sandusky.

Sandusky, 68, is charged with 52 counts of molesting 10 boys. He could be sentenced to life in prison if convicted of the charges.

Today, Victim 9's mother cried on the stand as she said she never asked her son what happened to him because she didn't think he would want to tell her.

"I just can't imagine what happened to him," she said.

"Do you feel responsible?" prosecutor Joseph McGettigan asked.

"Yes I do," she said.

The mother said that her son called her once from Sandusky's house asking her to pick him up immediately because he was feeling sick. In his testimony Thursday, Victim 9 said he called his mom for help once when Sandusky was sexually abusing him, but did not tell his mother the reason for the call.

Victim 9's mother testified that he suffered medical problems during ages 15, 16, and 17 years old when he had severe stomach problems and trouble going to the bathroom. She said he also never put his underwear into the laundry, always telling his mother that he had an accident and threw them out.

On Thursday, defense attorney Joseph Amendola questioned Victim 9 about rectal bleeding and stains on his underwear. The boy said his mother never saw stains and that he "just dealt with it."

After the prosecution closed its case, the defense began to tell its side of Sandusky's story, calling wo fellow Penn State coaches, Richard Anderson and Booker Brooks, to explain the busy schedule of football coaches and saying that it was common in sports culture for men to shower with younger boys.

Anderson, who played football at Penn State with Sandusky in the 1960s and then coached with him on and off for more than 20 years, said that Sandusky had a sterling reputation.

"Jerry had a great reputation. He had a wonderful reputation in the community. He was well thought of in every way," Anderson said.

In his cross examination, the prosecutor focused on Sandusky's alleged habit of taking young boys into the locker room showers, playing "tickle monster," soaping them and molesting them. McGettigan fired questions at Anderson about whether he ever brought young boys into showers or along with him to football games. Anderson said he did not, though he often showered around young boys at the YMCA.

He also suggested, upon questioning from Amendola, that many Penn State coaches were in and out of the locker room showers while Sandusky was showering with boys from the Second Mile.

"If Jerry would bring someone in with the Second Mile, they had been working out for whatever reason, would come in, it was not uncommon, it was on occasion that would happen with other coaches as well," he said.

Brooks also said that showering with younger people was common.

The trial resumed today with a surprising statement from Judge John Cleland saying he had doubts about the strength of the prosecution's case, but at this point in the trial is convinced that there is enough credible evidence that the charges should go to a jury. His comments were made while the jury was out of the courtroom.

Cleland's statements of doubt about the state's case contrasted with his consistent dismissal of motions by the defense to have charges dropped against Sandusky. Since Sandusky's arrest in November, Amendola has repeatedly complained to Cleland that the charges against his client were too broad and too vague to be defended in court. Cleland dismissed Amendola's complaints repeatedly, but said today even he wondered whether the alleged charges were too vague.

"I've been concerned about this since the beginning," Cleland said. "There were very broad representations made by the Commonwealth on the bill of particulars. Since then, the Commonwealth has submitted an amended bill of particulars, and amended their information, which I believe now meets the standards of due process. Although early on I certainly was not persuaded that that was the case."

Cleland's statements followed a morning of legal wrangling over whether some of the counts of sex abuse against Sandusky should be tossed today, as the prosecution wraps up its case. The prosecution is expected to rest following one additional witness, who will take the stand at 10 a.m.

Sandusky's lawyers argued that the charges against him were too broad and vague because they lacked specific dates and locations, and gave Sandusky no shot at a good defense because he could not use alibis to prove that he was somewhere else.

Defense lawyer Karl Rominger said that the counts of indecent assault from the man known as Victim 2, whom assistant coach Mike McQueary allegedly saw in the shower with Sandusky, should be dismissed because McQueary did not actually see a sexual act taking place, and there was no direct evidence that a sexual act occurred. The victim in that alleged assault has never been identified.

Cleland sided with the prosecution, however, saying that the jury could decide if McQueary's account was strong enough to prove a crime was committed.

The defense also asked for the counts stemming from Victim 6 to be dismissed on the grounds that the man testified he "blacked out" and did not remember parts of a shower with Sandusky, and therefore could not credibly allege that a crime was committed. Cleland said again that the jury should decide.

The prosecution, however, did withdraw one of the 52 charges against Sandusky, a third degree felony of endangering the welfare of children.

But Sandusky's star witness in his defense is likely to be his wife Dottie. Amendola, who suggested in opening arguments that Sandusky might take the stand to defend himself, will likely ask Dottie Sandusky to take the stand to testify she never suspected her husband of doing anything improper with the young boys he mentored.

Jerry Sandusky Defense to Begin Today

Last week, several of the alleged victims said that they were abused in the Sandusky's basement while Dottie was upstairs. One witness even told the jury that he had screamed for help while being raped in the basement, but no one answered his call. And the man known as Victim 4, who was the first witness called by the prosecution, said that during a trip to a bowl game, Dottie walked into a hotel room while Sandusky was allegedly trying to sexually abuse the boy in the bathroom and asked, "What's going on in there?"

Dottie Sandusky has released few statements to the media, noting only that she fully supported her husband. She was sequestered away from the trial because she was an expected witness.

Amendola may also call Matt Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's adopted son who is expected to testify that he was never abused at the hands of his father.

The defense is also expected to call on an expert witness to testify that Sandusky is diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder, a condition which they say makes him overly affectionate.

If Amendola calls the expert witness about the disorder, the prosecution will be able to call a rebuttal witness in the mental health field who may come up with his or her own explanation for Sandusky's behavior. Sandusky was reportedly evaluated by a psychologist for the prosecution over the weekend.

Dr. Liza Gold, a psychiatrist at the Georgetown University Medical Center, said that the disorder does not necessarily explain Sandusky's behavior.

"I personally and professionally don't see how such a diagnosis could explain intimate letters," Gold told ABC News. "There is no association between histrionic personality disorder and any type of child sexual abuse of any kind."

Amendola will likely also continue to go after the credibility of the witnesses who accuse Sandusky of sex abuse by possibly entering phone records that show the men may have planned their accusations together or other witnesses who heard the men say they were hoping to get rich off of the case. Amendola questioned a number of witnesses repeatedly last week about whether they ever told anyone they were dreaming of big houses or big cars resulting from civil suits tied to the case.

Other children that Sandusky mentored through his Second Mile charity or Penn State-affiliated programs may be called to testify that he never acted inappropriately with them.

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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Trial

Postby resigned » Fri Jun 22, 2012 10:22 pm

Jerry Sandusky Found Guilty on 45 of 48 Sex Abuse Counts


BELLEFONTE, Pa., June 22, 2012—

Jerry Sandusky Could Spend the Rest of His Life in Prison

Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was found guilty today of nearly all of the allegations of child sex abuse leveled against him.

He will likely be sentenced to life in prison.

After 20 hours of sequestered deliberations, the jury of seven women and five men read dozens of "guilty" verdicts as Sandusky stood and looked at the jury with a hand in a pocket of his brown jacket.

Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 counts against him of sex abuse involving 10 boys he allegedly groomed through a charity he operated. He was led out of court by officers.

Sandusky and his lawyers, along with prosecutors, were summoned to court to hear the verdict. Assembled spectators shouted jeers such as "pervert" as Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, walked into the courthouse lit up by flash bursts.

The two-week trial was remarkable for the graphic tales of abuse that ranged from Sandusky playing tickle monster in the shower to aggressive sex including oral and anal sex on boys as young as 8. At one point, jurors were brought to tears by the testimony of the alleged victims who are now grown men.

The defense scored some points back during week two of the trial by putting Sandusky's wife on the stand and hearing her testify that she never saw anything inappropriate between her husband and children and knew some of the accusers to have behavioral issues. They also poked holes in the stories of two lead investigators on the case by showing that the men told potential victims that others had already come forward claiming Sandusky raped them.

During 30 hours of testimony over two weeks, the jury heard from eight accusers, one eyewitness, a string of character witnesses testifying to Sandusky's character, and members of the police who investigated the case.

Two people the jury did not hear from include Sandusky himself, who waived his right to testify, and Sandusky's adopted son Matt. Matt Sandusky was one of his father's most ardent supporters following Sandusky's November arrest, but contacted prosecutors at the end of last week saying he was, in fact, a victim of his father's abuse and would be willing to testify, sources told ABC News. The prosecution did not put him on the stand, and the revelations about Matt Sandusky's willingness to testify are not known by the jury and will not factor into deliberations.

ABC News' Brian Hartman contributed to this report.

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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Trial

Postby yankee-in-france » Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:39 pm

This case is so sad. All of the people who were complicit in the knowledge of what was going on and did nothing.
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Postby resigned » Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:06 pm

Jul 13, 2012

Penn State plans to renovate the building where Jerry Sandusky sexually molested boys.


University spokesman David La Torre said Friday that Penn State plans to remodel the football shower and locker room area as a direct result of Sandusky's crimes. The former defensive coordinator was convicted of assaulting some of his victims in the team shower.

La Torre says renovation plans to the Lasch Football Building were drawn up shortly after Sandusky's arrest in November. But he says Penn State can't move forward until all legal proceedings in the case are over.

Penn State President Rodney Erickson says there have been discussions about Lasch building renovations between Athletic Director David Joyner and new Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien.

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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to No Less than 30 yrs

Postby Fashionista » Tue Oct 09, 2012 4:38 pm

Judge hands Sandusky an effective life sentence

Jerry Sandusky, 68, sentenced to no less than 30 years in prison; Defiant ex- Penn State coach asserts his innocence in rambling statement to court


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BELLEFONTE, Pa. Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday to at least 30 years in prison -- effectively a life sentence -- in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame to Penn State and led to coach Joe Paterno's downfall.

Judge John Cleland sentenced the 68-year-old former assistant football coach to 30 years minimum to 60 years maximum in prison. Under Pennsylvania law, Sandusky cannot be released on parole before the minimum term is up.

A defiant Sandusky gave a long, rambling statement in which he denied the allegations and talked about his life in prison and the pain of being away from his family.

Sandusky prosecutor: Sentence was "wise and proper"

Outside the courthouse after the sentencing, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan praised the victims for their bravery in coming forward and called Sandusky's punishment a "wise and proper one." He called the former football coach's statement "a masterpiece of banal self-delusion" that was "entirely self-focused as if he again were the victim."

Sandusky was found guilty in June of 45 counts of child sexual abuse, convicted of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Witnesses said Sandusky used the charitable organization he founded for troubled children as his personal hunting ground to find and groom boys to become his victims.

Jerry Sandusky gets 30 to 60 years in prison

His arrest 11 months ago, and the details that came out during his trial over the summer, transformed Sandusky's public image from a college coach who had been widely admired for his work with The Second Mile charity into that of a reviled pervert who preyed on the very youngsters who sought his help.

Eight of the boys he was found guilty of molesting testified at his trial, describing a range of abuse that included fondling, oral sex and anal intercourse. One of the prosecution's star witnesses, former graduate assistant Mike McQueary, testified that he saw Sandusky raping a boy in a locker room shower.

Prosecutor: Sundusky was running a "victim factory"
Defiant Jerry Sandusky arrives in court for sentencing
Sandusky set for sentencing, proclaims innocence

Victim statements recalling the trauma from Sandusky's crimes were read at today's sentencing. One person, known as Victim 1 in the case, wrote: "I have tried to think of the words that would describe how Jerry Sandusky has impacted my life. It all began with Jerry Sandusky building my trust over a long period of time. Then came the ultimate betrayal. My psychologist describes it as PTSD -- I describe it as emotional agony. ...

"To the end Jerry Sandusky wanted to manipulate and abuse each of the victims. No remorse, only evil."

In a victim impact statement, the mother of Victim 9 wrote, "Words cannot describe the pain you have caused my son and my family. Not only did you heap lifelong problems upon my son, you did it for your own gratification. You were molesting him and forever changing his life for the worse. He lost weight, got sick a lot, was getting in trouble at school, I thought it was my fault. I blame myself, and still do, for his sick indulgences."

She told of how her son tried twice to take his own life. "You have forever injured not only my son, but your other victims as well. Shame on you, Mr. Sandusky, for your narcissistic acts. My poor son. You took something from him that can never be replaced. His childhood, his youth. You are a horrible person."

Victim 6 spoke in court, crying as he told of how he felt "manipulated" by Sandusky.

"That night you told me you were the 'tickle monster' so you could touch my 11-year-old body and get me to think that what you were doing was OK. I have been left with deep painful wounds ... words can simply not defend. There are so many times of confusion, sadness ...

"I have now begun my journey to healing. I have not by any means arrived."

He told Sandusky that the former coach and founder of the charity The Second Mile was in denial about everything he had done. "I believe you are only fooling yourself. It is time to stop coming up with excuses for your behavior. Jesus will forgive you. If you remain in denial, even though deep down you know what really happened, you will not be able to receive forgiveness. There is no other way ... There is a bigger judgment to come."

Sandusky smirked throughout the statement.

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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to No Less than 30 yrs

Postby yankee-in-france » Wed Oct 10, 2012 5:05 am

.. don't you just love the smirkers ... well he has 30 years to smirk.
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Re: UPDATED: Jerry Sandusky Sentenced to No Less than 30 yrs

Postby Fashionista » Wed Oct 10, 2012 9:35 am

Jerry Sandusky's victims said to be largely satisfied with sex abuse sentence

By M. Alex Johnson, NBC News

Several victims of child sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky are "satisfied" and "happy" to know that the former Penn State assistant football coach will almost certainly die in prison, their attorneys told NBC News on Tuesday.

Sandusky — who was defensive coordinator for Penn State's powerful football team for three decades — was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday in Bellefonte, Pa., for abusing 10 boys he met over 15 years through his Second Mile charity for troubled children.

Sandusky, 68, could have faced more than 400 years for his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse, but McKean County Common Pleas Court Judge John Cleland chose to follow state sentencing guidelines. Even with the shorter sentence, Cleland told Sandusky that the sentence means he will remain locked up "for the rest of your life."

That's the important thing, said Matt Casey, an attorney for Victims 3, 7 and 10, none of whom NBC News is identifying.

"They have confidence that Judge (John) Cleland took his obligations seriously," Casey said in an interview with NBC 10 of Philadelphia. "Jerry Sandusky is never going to get out of prison."

Casey acknowledged that the sentence was shorter than he had expected, saying, "If you walk through the individual accounts, there may be some sentences that we might take issue with."

But "the man is going to die in prison," he said. "That he will never be able to do this to anyone else probably was the most important part of this for our clients."

Jeffrey Fritz, the attorney for other victims — including the young man identified in the indictment as Victim 4, who angrily addressed Sandusky in court Tuesday — said the young man was "happy to know that Jerry Sandusky will live the rest of his life in prison."

Victim 4 told Sandusky: "You should be ashamed, and those who covered up should be held accountable for your actions. I don't forgive you, and I don't know that I ever will."

Another of Sandusky's victims told the court that the sentencing "will never erase what he did to me — it will never make me whole. I will never erase his naked body against me.

"But he must pay for his crimes, which he has been properly been convicted of," the young man said.

Fritz told NBC News that all of the young men continue to undergo counseling, but he said it was time to stop calling them "victims.

"What's important to note today is these are victims that are transitioning into survivors, and they're no longer victims," he said. "They are doing what they can to move on with their life as best they can, despite the horror."

Correction: Jeffrey Fritz, an attorney for a victim in the Jerry Sandusky case, said it was time to stop calling the young men “victims.” An earlier version of this report incorrectly attributed the statement.

Karen Araiza and Josh Kleinbaum of NBC station WCAU of Philadelphia and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC-TV contributed to this report. Follow M. Alex Johnson on Twitter and Facebook.

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