A Philadelphia judge has put on hold the civil lawsuit against Penn State that was filed by Victim 1 in the Jerry Sandusky child abuse case.
Penn State asked Judge Allan Tereshko to stay the suit because of two court matters — the ongoing criminal case against two former university administrators and the state attorney general’s grand jury investigation.
The order from the judge was dated Friday.
The request was filed two weeks ago, and a Penn State spokesman said it was a “procedural move” while the university remained “committed to resolving the victims’ claims in a fair manner that also respects their privacy.”
Penn State officials, including President Rodney Erickson, have said they want to settle the suits out of court.
Penn State is the only defendant named in his suit, which alleges that the university was negligent and reckless for failing to report Sandusky’s abuse of children to authorities.
The suit filed by Victim 1 makes allegations that include the former administrators, Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, and they are awaiting trial on perjury and failure to report abuse charges.
Penn State wanted the stay because it believes the Curley and Schultz trial or the grand jury investigation could prejudice their rights or the rights of the plaintiff.
Curley and Schultz are scheduled for trial in January in Harrisburg.
Victim 1, an 18-year-old from Lock Haven, testified at Sandusky’s trial in June, saying he met Sandusky through The Second Mile and Sandusky sexually abused him.
The teen has a book deal, and the book will be released next month.
The teen’s suit also seeks damages on counts of intentional and negligent infliction of emotional distress on the teen, and aiding and abetting.
The judge already has stayed two other civil suits filed by people alleging they are victims of Sandusky. They were not among the eight young men who testified at his trial.
Sandusky is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 9.
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