Lawyers say one alleged Sandusky victim is ready to testify
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Jerry Sandusky will hear from at least one of his alleged victims at his preliminary hearing, according to a lawyer for one of the people mentioned in a grand jury report in the case.
Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi and Philadelphia attorney Jeffrey P. Fritz say they represent one of the alleged victims mentioned in the grand jury presentment, handed up earlier this month. The attorneys could not specify which of the eight victims they are representing but said they are talking with others.
The preliminary hearing is set for Dec. 7.
The team of attorneys said their client's recollection of his experience with the disgraced coach stands in contrast to Mr. Sandusky's statements to sportscaster Bob Costas on NBC Monday night. In the ex-coach's first public statement since the scandal exploded earlier this month, Mr. Sandusky denied having any sexual contact with young boys, although he did admit to showering with them and touching them.
"When Mr. Sandusky gave his interview, he referred to his behavior as, I believe, 'horsing around,' " Mr. Andreozzi said. "The contact that he had with my client was sexual in nature, completely inappropriate and severe sexual assault."
Mr. Andreozzi, of Andreozzi & Associates, and Mr. Fritz, of Soloff & Zervanos, have been formally retained by one of the victims and are "actively in communications with others," Mr. Andreozzi said.
Mr. Andreozzi said he planned to wait to have a discussion with Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly before filing a civil lawsuit on behalf of the victim.
He said there is a "possibility that [Penn State] would reach out to us," but added, so far, the "school hasn't taken a proactive approach with the victims."
Mr. Andreozzi is a member of the National Crime Victim Bar Association, for which Mr. Fritz serves as president. The bar association is an arm of the National Center for Victims of Crime.
The attorneys encouraged other victims to come forward and said they would be willing to work with other lawyers who have communicated with any possible victims.
First Published November 18, 2011 12:00 am