Just as “Victim 2″ in the Jerry Sandusky sex scandal comes forward with plans to sue Penn State, Sandusky’s wife Dottie is still pledging her support and love to her husband of more than forty years.
Victim 2 is, perhaps, the boy most discussed in connection with the scandal. He’s the one who Penn State coach Mike McQueary testified he saw being sexually abused by Sandusky in the Penn State locker room shower.
Attorneys for the young man came forward Thursday announcing his plan to sue Penn State for damages. According to the Centre Daily Times, “They said their client suffered abuse before and after the incident witnessed by Mike McQueary in February 2001 and that they have released this information because of media inquiries and Penn State’s admission that its top officials could have done more to prevent the abuse by Sandusky.”
Their statement reads, in part:
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.
Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky’s childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him.
The shower incident was never reported to authorities but more than a decade later became the centerpiece of the case against Sandusky and the “retirement” of Joe Paterno, the dismissal of other senior university officials and harsh sanctions against the football program.
Evidence includes several voicemails Jerry Sandusky left for Victim 2 that you can hear on TMZ that attorneys will say appear to reveal Sandusky trying to exert control over and coach the young man as an indictment began to loom on the horizon. He also says he loves the young man, ending one message with a very creepy “I love you”.
Meanwhile, even a the voicemails are played all over the internet and national television, Sandusky’s wife, Dottie, tells local reporters her husband is not who they say he is. While meeting one of her sons for pizza in my hometown of Bellefonte (the town nearest my home, anyway) she was confronted by a reporter from the Centre Daily Times and had this to say: