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Penn State Scandal: New Accuser Files Suit Against Jerry Sandusky, Says Report

A plaintiff identified only as John Doe filed a lawsuit against former Penn State Nittany Lions assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on Wednesday, alleging Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times from 1992-96, when the plaintiff was between the ages of 10-14, writes Maryclaire Dale of the Associated Press. In addition, the suit names Penn State University and The Second Mile--the children's charity Sandusky founded in 1977--as defendants. The plaintiff, who met Sandusky through the charity, alleges some incidents of abuse occurred in a Penn State locker room.

The accuser is not among the eight victims named in the grand jury report which indicted Sandusky on 40 counts of child sexual abuse earlier in November, but is instead a new victim who has come forward after learning about other allegations against Sandusky. "I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened," the man identified as Doe said via his lawyer in a written statement. "but feel now even more tormented that I have learned so many other kids were abused after me.

Penn State told the Associated Press it has yet to see the suit.

The scandal surrounding Sandusky, who retired from coaching in 1999 but retained accesss to the university's facilities via his professor emeritus status, rocked State College. It cost university president Graham Spanier and legendary head football coach Joe Paterno their jobs, though they have not been accused of any legal wrongdoing. In addition, athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz were indicted on perjury charges relating to efforts to cover up Sandusky's activities.

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