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Penn State Scandal: Victims Could Become Scapegoats

First Posted: 11/10/2011 12:41 pm EST   Updated: 01/23/2014 6:58 pm EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) -- A lawyer who's advising some victims in the Penn State child sexual abuse scandal says he's worried they could become scapegoats to people angry about Joe Paterno's sudden departure.

Harrisburg attorney Ben Andreozzi said Thursday that the victims "are now watching people parade and riot" and "to think that is not in some way going to impact these victims is naive."

On Wednesday night, angry students shouted support for the 84-year-old coach in the streets and tipped over a news van.

Andreozzi specializes in sexual abuse cases. He says he's working to provide therapy to the victims, but stops short of saying he represents them.

He says he doesn't want to interfere with the pending criminal case, in which former coach Jerry Sandusky is charged with sexually abusing eight boys.

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Students and those in the community fill the streets and react after football head coach Joe Paterno was fired during the Penn State Board of Trustees Press Conference, in downtown Penn State, November 9, 2011 in State College, Pennsylvania.

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