The first lawsuit against Jerry Sandusky and Penn State over child abuse allegations has been filed in Pennsylvania.
The Associated Press first reported on Wednesday that the plaintiff in the civil lawsuit was not named in the Grand Jury reported released by Pennsylvania's attorney general's office earlier this month, but that he claims Sandusky molested him more than 100 times over the years.
The accuser says that the alleged abuse began in 1992 when he was 10 years old and lasted until 1996. The accuser, identified as John Doe in the civil complaint, would be the earliest noted case of abuse, as the Grand Jury's case begins in 1994.
The complaint alleges that Sandusky offered the boy gifts, trips, and other incentives while abusing him during that four-year period. It says that he was abused within the Penn State locker rooms and at times outside of state lines when Penn State traveled for football games.
The complaint is seeking $900,000 in damages from Sandusky, Penn State, and The Second Mile Charity for causing the plaintiff to suffer great pain of mind and body, shock, emotional distress, physical manifestations of emotional distress, embarrassment, loss of self-esteem, disgrace, humiliation, and loss of enjoyment of life.
Sandusky has been charged with 40 counts of sexual assault and faces up to 360 years in prison, if found guilty. He's accused of using his position as a Penn State assistant football coach and founder of The Second Mile Charity to prey on young boys and sexually molest them.
He has denied sexually molesting anyone -- or anally raping one young boy in 2002 as has been reported -- but did admit in a bizarre interview with NBC's Bob Costas that he has showered with young boys in the past.
I have horsed around with kids, Sandusky told Costas. I have showered after workouts. I have hugged them. And I have touched their leg without intent of sexual contact.
The former Penn State defensive coordinator couldn't verbalize why Mike McQueary and some of the other eyewitnesses would claim that he molested young children. In addition to the denial, Sandusky also offered a much-discussed response to whether he was sexually attracted to young boys.
Sexually attracted. You know, no. I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. I love to be around them... um. I... I, but no, I'm not sexually attracted to young boys.
Sandusky is currently free on suspended bail while awaiting trial.