Harrisburg center seeks removal from Jerry Sandusky victim’s lawsuit

For the CDTJanuary 8, 2013 

— A Harrisburg psychiatric center denies it was aware of Jerry Sandusky’s history of abuse when it referred a young boy to a Second Mile summer camp.

Edgewater Psychiatric Center makes that claim in opposing the request by Penn State to stay activity in a federal civil suit brought by an alleged Sandusky victim against the former assistant football coach, the university and others.

“It is important that Edgewater be able to assert its strong defense and emerge from this cloud of untrue accusations,” the center states in a memorandum filed in U.S. Middle District Court.

Edgewater says it has provided more than 2,000 pages of documents to the plaintiff, a Dauphin County native who is not one of the 10 victims in charges on which Sandusky was convicted.

The center thinks, based on the material it provided, the plaintiff identified as John Doe will agree he has no claim against Edgewater.

Doe’s court complaint alleges Sandusky sexually touched him in a swimming pool on the Penn State campus in 2005.

Penn State is seeking a stay until after the criminal cases against former Penn State president Graham Spanier, on-leave athletic director Tim Curley and retired senior vice president Gary Schultz are concluded.

Edgewater says it relies upon its solid reputation as an ongoing source of clients and consumers.

The longer the vague and unsupported allegations remain in the public realm, the more Edgewater’s reputation is damaged “by being linked in the minds of the public to the horrendous conduct” that led to Sandusky’s prosecution, the memorandum states.

In its motion requesting a stay, Penn State claims it has the concurrence of The Second Mile, Spanier, Curley and Schultz.

Other defendants are the State College law firm of McQuaide Blasko, which represents Penn State, and one of its lawyers, Wendell Courtney.

Sandusky is appealing his conviction and state prison term of 30 to 60 years.

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