In the first lawsuit filed in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal, a new accuser claims the former Penn State assistant football coach sexually abused him "over 100 times" as a child.
The handwritten statement by the 29-year-old man identified only as "John Doe A," accompanied a lawsuit filed yesterday in Philadelphia Common Pleas Court against Sandusky, Penn State University and The Second Mile, a charity founded by Sandusky to help troubled children.
The man is not one of the eight alleged victims mentioned in an earlier grand jury report. Several other allegations against Sandusky also are being investigated.
Legal experts said the latest claims may trigger a cascade of lawsuits and could encourage even more victims to contact the police.
Sandusky said in a recent television interview that he is innocent of the charges.
According to the lawsuit, the abuse took place from 1992 to 1996 "in the facilities of Penn State, particularly the football coach's locker room, at times within Philadelphia County, at facilities out of state connected with a Penn State bowl game and at the Sandusky home."
The abuse began when the man was 10 years old and met Sandusky through a program at The Second Mile, said the accuser's attorney, Jeff Anderson.
Sandusky "recruited, groomed and coerced plaintiff, showering him with gifts, travel and privileges," the lawsuit said.
Threats by Sandusky against the alleged victim and his family bought years of silence, broken only when the alleged victim saw national headlines that Sandusky was charged with sexually abusing eight other boys.
"I never told anybody what he did to me over 100 times at all kinds of places until the newspapers reported that he
had abused other kids and the people at Penn State and Second Mile didn't do the things they should have to protect me and the other kids," the latest accuser wrote.
Other claims against Sandusky
* Nov. 4: A grand jury report is released alleging that Jerry Sandusky abused eight boys.
* Nov. 11: Authorities in San Antonio announce they are investigating the possibility that Sandusky committed sex crimes there in 1999.
* Nov. 15: A day after Sandusky denied the accusations against him on national TV, nearly 10 new alleged victims reportedly contact authorities.
* Nov. 23: Pennsylvania's Children and Youth Services agency opens two probes into new claims against Sandusky, including some made by a family member.