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Followers of the case of accused child rapist Jerry Sandusky breathed a collective gasp when the adopted son of the former Penn State assistant football coach said he was abused by his father and prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution, according to a statement the son’s attorneys released on Thursday.
The announcement on behalf of Matt Sandusky, who is one of the elder Sandusky’s six adopted children, came hours after a sequestered jury began its deliberations. The former coach is facing 48 criminal counts for child sex abuse.
During the trial, the younger Sandusky was not among those accusing the former coach. But he met with prosecutors to tell them that he was a victim too, according to the statement released by his attorneys, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici.
“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,” the lawyers said in the statement. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators.”
Matt Sandusky went to live with Sandusky and his wife, Dottie, as a foster child in 1995. They later adopted him as an adult. He was also a client of Sandusky’s at-risk children’s charity, Second Mile. The prosecution alleges that the coach brought children into the charity only to lure them into a false sense of trust and prepare them for abuse.
The news regarding Matt Sandusky is the latest scandalous detail in the case that has rapt—and enraged—so many followers of the torrid story.
Alesandra Dubin is a Los Angeles-based writer. Follow her on Twitter: @alicedubin.