ABC News to interview Sandusky abuse case's Victim 1

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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. -- ABC News will interview the young man whose 2009 allegations of sexual abuse led to the Penn State scandal and the criminal conviction of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Attorney Michael Boni, who represents the teenager known in court papers as Victim 1, said Wednesday that ABC landed the first interview with his client, who has a book coming out this fall.

It's unclear when the ABC interview would air. ABC didn't immediately return a phone message left Wednesday seeking comment. The New York Post was first to report the ABC exclusive.

Mr. Sandusky was convicted in June of dozens of criminal counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys on and off campus over 15 years. At age 68, he awaits sentencing, which likely will send him to prison for the rest of his life.

Victim 1 and his mother reported Sandusky to the boy's high school and the Clinton County child protective agency in November 2009. Their complaint triggered a state investigation that last year resulted in criminal charges against Sandusky and against two university officials accused of failing to report suspected child abuse and of lying to a grand jury.

According to a lawsuit that Victim 1 filed against Penn State, he met Mr. Sandusky about eight years ago, when he was 11 and was a first-year participant in a camp sponsored by Mr. Sandusky's charity, The Second Mile. In his second year, he drew Mr. Sandusky's attention and accepted invitations to spend nights at the coach's State College home and to attend professional sports events, the lawsuit said.

Mr. Sandusky, who is jailed, didn't testify at trial but maintains his innocence. He has acknowledged he showered with boys but denied molesting them. His wife, Dottie Sandusky, testified that she never saw him doing anything inappropriate with boys he took to their home.

On Saturday, fans attending the Penn State football game against Temple at Beaver Stadium are being encouraged to wear blue to show solidarity with victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

The first such event occurred for the Nov. 12 game last season against Nebraska.

MBA student Stuart Shapiro, a "Blue Out" co-founder, said Wednesday the goal is make the Blue Out an annual event. Volunteers plan to hand out blue ribbons and collect donations for the Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape.

Coach Bill O'Brien said he's looking forward to the team helping to raise awareness of ending the problem of child abuse.

"I believe it's going to be a great day for the Penn State community," Mr. O'Brien said Tuesday at the stadium. "And now to have the crowd dressed in blue T-shirts for the Blue Out game -- and helping put an end and to have awareness to the child abuse problem in this country and everywhere -- I think it's going to be a great day."

Organizers also plan on distributing information on recognizing warning signs and speaking to children about suspected abuse.

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