1st Sandusky Victim Settles
For several million dollars; 26 others expected soon
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 18, 2013 5:40 AM CDT
In this Jan. 10, 2013, file photo, former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a post-sentencing hearing in Bellefonte, Pa.   (Gene J. Puskar)

(Newser) – A young man known as "Victim 5," who testified he was fondled by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, has reached a settlement that gives him some peace of mind while putting the university in a better position to recover the money through a third party, the man's attorney says. The settlement is the first among dozens of claims made against the school amid the Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, and is for several million dollars.

Attorney Tom Kline said his 25-year-old client was relieved and expected to receive the money within a month. The deal is the first of 26 settlements expected soon among 31 young men who have pressed claims over Sandusky's actions and the school's response. Kline said that as part of the agreement, his client assigned his claim to Penn State, effectively giving the university a better chance to recover the money from other parties, such as Sandusky's Second Mile charity. Michael Rozen, one of the lawyers brought in by Penn State to resolve civil claims, said that Victim 5's case was considered among the more serious because the abuse occurred in August 2001, months after top school officials were informed by a graduate assistant that he saw Sandusky assaulting a boy in a team shower. Kline said the agreement does not prevent Victim 5 from talking or writing about his experience, although he has no plans to do so. "We hope that there is closure, but I can tell you on his behalf that he understands there (are) continuing proceedings, because this case has had, and continues to have, many long tentacles," Kline said.

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KDickley
Aug 18, 2013 11:44 AM CDT
I don't get it. This guy is a homosexual. Where is all the gay rights people who should be out there rioting and supporting him? Why hasn't the President stepped in and supported him, after all, Sandy could have been his father? Besides, the Prez had a little homosexual experience in college, and had muslim upbringings when he was a kid. We know he's pro-muslim, why isn't he pro homo?
savdavis
Aug 18, 2013 10:19 AM CDT
People love the Alpha Type Personality....while this same Alpha type PERSON PICKS ON THE WEAK ....let the School pay forever for this crime...
DougMasters
Aug 18, 2013 10:05 AM CDT
I am not a fan of the idea that institutions can be sued simply because someone worked for that institution. I think that mentality is twisted and does nothing except to perpetuate a sue happy society with little to no reason for many of our lawsuits. But it is abundantly clear, that the school chose to ignore the many many signs and accusations over the year. The institution got off incredibly easy, They should be giving out a lot of money between victims and donations to victims groups of similar crimes. Another example of how the for profit education system is a failure, it was all ignored due to money.