Atty: Sandusky's son among 7 who settle with PSU
Lawyer Matt Casey said that, in addition to Matt Sandusky, his clients include the young man known as "Victim 2" in court records and three other victims who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial. Victim 2 was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary said he saw being attacked by Sandusky in a campus shower in 2001.
Matt Sandusky came forward in 2012, as jurors deliberated his adopted father's case, to say that Jerry Sandusky had abused him in childhood. He filed a petition last month in Centre County Court to legally change his name.
Casey said that the terms of the settlements took shape some time ago, but that it wasn't until a week ago that he felt the deals were complete, followed by passing paperwork back and forth to formalize them. He did not disclose the terms.
The university has not announced the deals. It has approved spending $60 million to settle the cases.
The first case, a multimillion-dollar settlement involving a 25-year-old man known as Victim 5 who said he was assaulted in a campus shower, was completed last week.
A university spokesman said Friday only that settlement talks continued to progress.
Sandusky, 69, was convicted last summer of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving a decades-long state prison sentence. He maintains he is innocent, and an appeals hearing is scheduled for next month in Dallas, Pa.
Sandusky spent three decades at Penn State as an assistant under longtime head coach Joe Paterno. A 1998 complaint about Sandusky showering with a boy - one of those who testified against him - was investigated by university police, but no charges were filed. McQueary witnessed a different encounter, involving Victim 2, in the team shower in 2001 and notified Paterno and other high-ranking school officials, but police were not called.
The response of university leaders, including Paterno, was heavily criticized in a report commissioned by the school last year. Paterno died in January 2012, but criminal charges for an alleged cover-up are pending against three others: former president Graham B. Spanier, retired vice president Gary Schultz, and retired athletic director Tim Curley. All three deny the allegations.
Inquirer staff writers Susan Snyder and Allison Steele contributed to this article.