Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Alleged Sandusky victim's lawyer calls former coach "coward," vows testimony

Via The Quad at the New York Times:

Ben Andreozzi, a Pennsylvania lawyer representing one of eight alleged victims in the Penn State sexual child abuse case, called Jerry Sandusky a "coward" on Wednesday and said that Sandusky's recent comments on television had emboldened his client to pursue sexual assault charges against Sandusky.

"Mr. Sandusky suggested in some of his comments about the victims that maybe people were backing off," Andreozzi said in a telephone interview from his office in Harrisburg, Pa. "My client heard that and has dug in his heels. He is feeling more comfortable about going through with this. The comments maybe backfired. They have caused victims to be more motivated to testify against him."

Andreozzi said his client, now in his 20s, met Sandusky through Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile. He said he had been around Sandusky for several years and was assaulted multiple times. Andreozzi has also advised other alleged victims in the case and said he was meeting with another potential victim this week.