Sandusky lawyer: Alleged victim tells different story

Posted: November 15, 2011

An attorney representing accused child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky believes he has located an alleged child rape victim, now in his 20s, and he is "telling a very different story."

Attorney Joe Amendola told Ann Curry in an interview on The Today Show that the victim, who was 10-years-old at the time of the alleged incident in 2002, is denying he was ever raped by Sandusky.

Amendola also suggested that some of the newer alleged victims coming forth against Sandusky, a former Penn State assistant football coach, could be doing so for financial gain.

Amendola made similar statements about his client's innocence to Bob Costas in an interview last night. But he elaborated in the interview this morning.

The alleged rape of the boy in a Penn State shower - one of eight child sex-abuse charges outlined against Sandusky by a grand jury - set off a crisis for the school that resulted in the firing of coach Joe Paterno, as well as the school's president and two other staffers.

The allegation in a grand jury report says that then-graduate assistant Mike Mike McQueary saw Sandusky having sex in a shower with the boy in 2002 (McQueary is now on paid leave).

McQueary said he told Paterno, who, in turn, told the school's athletic director.

Amendola says he believes he's located the victim who is "in his 20s now."

"And, if we have found him," Amendola said in the interview, "he's telling a very different story than Mike McQueary, and that's big news."

When pressed, Amendola said the man is, "saying it (the rape) never happened."

However, Amendola conceded he is still trying to confirm that he found, "in fact the young man who Mr. McQueary said he saw in the shower with Jerry."

Further, Amendola said that another victim cited in the grand jury report visited Sandusky's home two years ago with his wife and baby, suggesting a friendly relationship.

Amendola acknowledged that does not prove the man was not abused as a child by Sandusky, and conceded many victims often continue to have relationships with their abusers.

"Is it possible that Jerry did all of these things?" Amendola asked. "Of course. And, if he did, they are the most serious types of offenses that anyone can commit upon children and he should be punished accordingly.

"But what if he didn't? What if he is innocent, and his life will never be the same ..."

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