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Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 07/26/2012

Sandusky shower abuse victim to sue Penn State, lawyers say

A man who says he is the victim allegedly raped in a Penn State shower by Jerry Sandusky in 2001 will sue the school, his lawyers said Thursday.

The victim, referred to by prosecutors as Victim 2, did not testify in the trial in which Sandusky was convicted on 45 charges of abusing 10 boys, including Victim 2. Mike McQueary, then a Penn State graduate assistant, testified that he saw the assault and informed former coach Joe Paterno.

“Our client suffered extensive sexual abuse over many years both before and after the 2001 incident Michael McQueary witnessed in the Penn State Lasch building shower. Penn State has now admitted and there is no longer any question that its top officials could have and should have prevented these acts,” lawyers representing the victim said in part in a statement Thursday.

“Jerry Sandusky's abuse of Victim 2 and other children is a direct result of a conspiracy to conceal Sandusky's conduct and the decisions by top Penn State officials that facilitated and enabled his access to victims.

“We intend to file a civil lawsuit against Penn State University and others and to hold them accountable for the egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered.”

Penn State declined to comment on the matter and Penn State President Rodney Erickson said the Board of Trustees has “publicly emphasized that their goal is to find solutions that rest on the principle of justice for the victims.”

Lawyers also offered audio clips of messages Sandusky left for their client last fall. (Listen here and here.) The voice mails are dated Sept. 12 and 19. Less than two months later, Sandusky was arrested. Convicted last month, Sandusky is awaiting sentencing.

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