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Posted at 01:24 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Jerry Sandusky scandal: First civil lawsuit is filed

In filing the first of what is expected to be a number of civil lawsuits, a plaintiff identified as John Doe alleges that former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky molested him over 100 times.

A 29-year-old State College, Pa., resident claimed in his filing that Sandusky’s actions occurred between 1992 and 1996 at Sandusky’s home, on campus and during at least one out-of-state trip to a bowl game. The plaintiff is not one of the eight victims mentioned in a grand jury report that resulted in Sandusky being charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse over a 15-year-period. He has a preliminary hearing on those charges Dec. 13.

Penn State, Sandusky and The Second Mile — the charity Sandusky founded for at-risk youngsters — are named as defendants in the civil suit. John Doe issued a statement, saying (via the Harrisburg Patriot-News):

“I am the man in this lawsuit and I’m writing this statement and taking this action because I don’t want other kids to be hurt and abused by Jerry Sandusky or anybody like Penn State to allow people like him to do it—rape kids! I never told anybody what he did to me over 100 times at all kinds of places until the newspapers reported that he had abused other kids and the people at Penn State and Second Mile didn’t do the things they should have to protect me and the other kids. I am hurting and have been for a long time because of what happened but feel now even more tormented that I have learned of so many other kids were abused after me. Now that I have told and done something about it I am feeling better and going to get help and work with the police. I want other people who have been hurt to know they can come forward and get help and help protect others in the future.”

The suit alleges that Sandusky met the plaintiff when he was a 10 -year-old participant in Second Mile events and gave him gifts and provided travel and other privileges. Anderson’s lawsuit asks for an award in excess of $400,000 and alleges that the Second Mile knew or should have known about Sandusky's purported history and failed to notify parents or take measures to stop him. “Our goal today is to bring this forth, put some light on it and also put some heat on it,” Anderson said.

Anderson and Marci Hamilton, his co-counsel, are involved in more than a half-dozen sexual-abuse lawsuits against the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, according to Philly.com.

Penn State officials told the Associated Press that the school had not seen the lawsuit. In a statement, the Second Mile said: “We will review the lawsuit and respond appropriately when we have done so. The Second Mile will adhere to its legal responsibilities throughout this process. As always, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”

There was not comment yet from Sandusky or his attorney.

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