Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky's adopted children, has said that he was molested by the former Penn State defensive coordinator, according to a statement from his lawyers.
The allegation comes as Sandusky is awaiting the verdict in his child rape trial. Matt Sandusky, who has defended his father as he faced child rape charges, said through his attorneys Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici that he met with prosecutors this week to tell them he was a victim for the first time.
"During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and¬†assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this¬†case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky‚Äôs abuse," Matt Sandusky's lawyers said in a statement obtained by InSession. "At Matt‚Äôs request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the¬†prosecutors and investigators."
No further details were released about the circumstances surrounding the alleged molestation or when Matt Sandusky claims the abuse occurred.
"This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to¬†convey his request that the media respect his privacy," a statement from Matt Sandusky's lawyer said. "There will be no further comment¬†at this time."
Sandusky is currently facing accusations¬†of sexual abuse from 10 alleged victims.¬†Sandusky, 68, has pleaded not guilty to charges of child sex abuse over a 15-year period. He faces 48 counts in the trial.
During closing arguments, defense attorney Joe Amendola sought to poke holes in the prosecution's case, pointing to inconsistencies with the testimony of Mike McQueary, a former graduate student and assistant coach who said he saw Sandusky apparently sodomizing a boy in a university shower.
He also reminded jurors of the lack of physical evidence and accused the alleged victims of conspiring for financial gain while blaming the media for what he described as biased coverage.
Lead prosecutor Joseph McGettigan followed Amendola, rebuffing the defense's account of a coordinated action among Sandusky's accusers allegedly bent on financial gain.
"The great thing about conspiracy theories is you just let them go on and on, until they collapse under their own weight," he said.
McGettigan described the former coach as a pedophile who systematically preyed on his victims with a calculated and repeated approach.
"The Commonwealth has overwhelming evidence against Mr. Sandusky," he said.