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Originally posted 10/18/2012 05:05PM
For the past four years, since he first came forward to say that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused him, he's been known as Victim Number 1.
But now, the young man who was a key witness in Sandusky's trial is ready to share his name, the horror of the abuse he suffered and how he found the courage to speak out.
Aaron Fisher, 18, has written a book, Silent No More: Victim 1's Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky, with his psychologist, Mike Gillum, and his mother, Dawn Daniels, to be published on Oct. 23 by Random House.
Originally posted 10/09/2012 10:30AM
Former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced Tuesday morning to 30-60 years in prison for molesting 10 boys over a period of 15 years.
The judge said that he would serve no less than 30 years in prison and no more than 60 years.
Sandusky, 68, who proclaimed his innocence in an audio statement that aired Monday night on Penn State's student radio station, could have faced as much as 400 years in jail after being convicted on 45 counts, NBC reports.
Originally posted 06/21/2012 05:50PM
Just hours after a jury began deliberating the fate of Jerry Sandusky, who is on trial for allegedly sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, his adopted son Matt said he, too, was sexually abused by Sandusky.
"During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse," read a statement issued by Matt's attorneys, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici.
"At Matt's request we immediately arranged a meeting between him and prosecutors and investigators," the statement continued. "This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment at this time."
Originally posted 06/15/2012 04:10PM
He's an 18-year-old man now. But in his painful memories, he said, he'll always be a little boy, less than 70 pounds, alone in a basement, where he was repeatedly raped and forced to perform oral sex.
His tormentor, he says, was Jerry Sandusky.
"There was no fighting against it," the recent high school graduate told the jury at Sandusky's trial. "Sometimes [I'd] scream, sometimes tell him to get off me, but other than that, who was there? We were in the basement, no one could hear you down there."
Those in the courtroom in Bellefonte, Pa., were brought to tears by the testimony of the witness identified only as Victim 9, the last in a string of alleged victims of sexual abuse called by prosecutors against Sandusky.
Originally posted 01/21/2012 07:00AM
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno is listed in serious condition after suffering complications in his battle with lung cancer, says a family spokesman.
Paterno, 85, began hospital treatment for the disease on Jan. 13, after being diagnosed in November. Around 9 p.m. Jan. 21, erroneous reports circulated that Paterno had died, prompting one of the coach's sons to Tweet, "Joe is continuing to fight."
On campus, the dark stadium was playing football videos, seemingly in "JoePa"'s honor, and people were flooding the area where his statue stands, despite freezing temperatures. Tears flowed.
Originally posted 12/13/2011 03:30PM
Former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky opted to waive his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday – but that hasn't prevented some of his alleged victims from speaking out.
"I can't put into words how unbearable this has been on my life, both physically and mentally," a young man identified as Victim Number Four said in a statement released by his attorney, Ben Andreozzi.
The weeks since news first broke of Sandusky's alleged child sexual abuses have been "the most difficult time of my life" said the young man, who says he still intends to testify against his former coach.
Sandusky, 67, is charged with molesting 10 boys over a 16-year-period. In the case of Victim Number Four, the former coach is charged with forcing the boy to perform sex acts on him during the mid-1990s.
Originally posted 12/07/2011 03:00PM
Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested again Wednesday for investigation of additional sex abuse charges involving two more boys.
Sandusky, 67, was jailed on $250,000 cash bail.
In addition to the eight alleged victims identified in the original grand jury report charging Sandusky, these new charges bring the total number of boys who have accused Sandusky of abuse to 10.
"Today's criminal charges were recommended by a statewide investigating grand jury, based on evidence and testimony that was received following the initial arrest of Sandusky," says Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly.
Originally posted 11/14/2011 09:45PM
Jerry Sandusky, the former football coach at the center of the Penn State child sex abuse scandal, acknowledges that he touched children but denies he committed any crimes.
"I have horsed around with kids," Sandusky, 67, said in an interview that aired Monday on Rock Center with Brian Williams. "I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them and I have touched their legs without intent of sexual contact."
Asked by Bob Costas if he is guilty of the charges contained in a 40-count indictment, Sandusky says, "I am innocent of those charges."
"Are you a pedophile?" Costas asked. "No," replied Sandusky, who went on to state: "I could say that I have done some of those things. I have horsed around with kids. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them."
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