WILLIAMSPORT — A man born and raised in Dauphin County claims he was sexually molested by Jerry Sandusky in an Olympic-size swimming pool on the Penn State campus in 2005.
The 22-year-old black man, identified only as John Doe, makes the allegation in a civil rights lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. Middle District Court against the university, The Second Mile, several formal Penn State administrators and others.
The suit accuses the defendants of engaging in a cover-up that led to severe and permanent emotional and other injuries for the man.
The complaint states the boy was referred to The Second Mile by Edgewater Psychiatric Center in Harrisburg in 2001 to attend camps. After the alleged molestation in the pool, the complaint claims the boy backed off and told Sandusky he did not want anything like that.
The boy was so emotionally distraught he left the camp at the end of the week and returned to Harrisburg, the document states. He told his grandmother, with whom he was living, something had happened to him but did not provide additional details, the suit states.
Don Bailey, the Harrisburg lawyer who represents the man, contends in the complaint that officials at the university and The Second Mile knew of similar activity by Sandusky and did nothing to stop it. Although not named defendants, Gov. Tom Corbett and the trustees were among those who knew Sandusky was a sexual predator, the suit alleges. It also charges:
“All of the defendants permitted Sandusky to continue his molesting of young children unabated being concerned only with covering up his misconduct to protect what they believed was the all-important and financial largess of PSU and The Second Mile without regard to protecting the young boys involved.”
The suit claims the man is seeking unspecified damages for violation of his due process rights, sexual and simple assault, negligence, civil conspiracy and intentional infliction of emotional harm.
Defendants besides Penn State, Sandusky, and the Edgewater center are former university president Graham Spanier, retired senior vice president Gary Schultz and Tim Curley, who is on leave as athletic director. Also, the law firm of McQuaide Blasko, which does work for Penn State, and one of its lawyers, Wendell Courtney.
Sandusky was sentenced earlier this month to 30 to 60 years in prison after being found guilty of 45 counts that charged he molested 10 young boys over 15 years. He plans to appeal his conviction.