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Man alleges 1988 Sandusky assault at Penn State camp

Another potential victim of Jerry Sandusky wants to have his day in court.

On Thursday, Altoona attorney Daniel Kiss announced a press conference for Wednesday at the Centre County Courthouse, where a statement will be read for the alleged victim.

The alleged abuse dates back to June 1988 when a young man says he attended a football camp at Penn State as a recruit and a “guest of the university.”

That is when the man says Sandusky, then the Nittany Lions defensive coordinator, molested him.

“(He) was destined for greatness. He was an excellent student, extremely gifted athlete and a model citizen,” said the alleged victim’s family in a statement.

But after that camp, they said, “his life slowly began to spiral out of control, into a life of drugs, alcohol and serious crime, and none of us, including his parents, family or friends, could figure out what had happened. ... He secretly lived with this guilt and shame for approximately 27 years before finally telling his story.”

It’s the number of years that are now the problem.

The man reported the assault to state police in 2011. The case was subsequently referred to the state Attorney General’s Office, “where no action was taken,” according to Kiss.

In September 2014, Kiss’s firm, the Law Offices of Steven P. Passarello, took the job of filing a private criminal complaint. That was submitted to the Attorney General’s Office in October 2014.

Kiss said there was an April meeting with the Attorney General’s Office, and then in May came the letter “denying approval ... over concerns relating to the statute of limitations.”

“No concerns were raised regarding the credibility or validity of the allegations. In fact, the letter refers to the victim as a ‘compelling’ witness,” Kiss wrote.

“...He is now at the point where he wants other sexual assault victims to know that they are not alone,” wrote the victim’s family. “(He) wants to face his perpetrator in a court of law.”

Kiss said the man is now appealing the Attorney General’s Office decision to the Centre County Court of Common Pleas and has “filed legal documents supporting his position that the statute of limitations has not expired.”

Sandusky, now 71, was convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse in June 2012 and sentenced to 30-60 years in prison. He is now an inmate at Greene state prison in Waynesburg.

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