One of six adopted children, Matt Sandusky, of former Penn State assistant football coach said through his attorney on Thursday that he was sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, adding he had been prepared to testify against him in a high-profile child rape case. The disclosure came on the same day a Pennsylvania state jury began deliberating the fate of Jerry Sandusky, who is accused of sexually abusing 10 victims over the course of 15 years.
A professor at Cardozo Law School who has represented victims and written on sexual abuse cases, Marci Hamilton, said that Matt Sandusky’s claim could lead to additional charges, including incest, albeit he’s adopted. “At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators,” said Matt Sandusky’s attorneys, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici. “This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt, and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy.” The jurors, who deliberated until Thursday evening, will resume on Friday morning and review testimonies from two witnesses.