Despite having a request to use a pseudonym denied by the judge, the man identified as "Victim 4" in grand jury reports intends to testify against Jerry Sandusky. Not only will he be taking the stand when the ex-Penn State football coach's sex abuse trial gets underway, but he has also reportedly given "love letters" written to him by Sandusky to the prosecution, reports Jim Avila and Colleen Curry of ABC News.
Based on the grand jury report released in November 2011, Victim 4 met Sandusky at the age of 12 or 13 when he was in the Second Mile program, the charity founded by the accused former coach in 1977. The grand jury report also indicated that Victim 4 was in attendance at Sandusky's 1998 Outback Bowl party and accompanied him to the 1999 Alamo Bowl.
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"Although Victim 4 remains 100 percent committed to testifying against the defendant in this case, at what expense will it come to his short-term and long-term well-being?" his lawyers wrote after the pseudonym request was denied.
The 68-year-old Sandusky maintains his innocence but faces 52 counts of child sexual abuse against 10 boys over the span of 15 years. Formerly an accomplished defensive coach for the Nittany Lions, Sandusky's initial arrest in November 2011 ignited a firestorm of controversy and outrage that led to the ouster of iconic football coach Joe Paterno and other school administrators.
Sandusky ostensibly founded The Second Mile to assist foster children and provide social servies for at-risk youth but prosecutors allege that he used the children's charity to locate and groom young boys, like Victim 4, for abuse. The charity ultimately shut down and transferred some services to other organizations.
During an interview with Bob Costas shortly after his arrest in November 2011, Sandusky was asked if he was sexually attracted to young boys.
Sandusky: Sexually attracted? You know, I enjoy young people. I love to be around them. I ... but, no, I am not sexually attracted to young boys.
After hearing that answer, Costas asked Sandusky about the "tremendous amount of information out there" that has led "fair-minded, common sense people" to presume his guilt before his trial.
"I don't know what I can say or what I could say that would make anybody feel any different now," Sandusky responded to Costas in November. "I would just say that if somehow people could hang on until my attorney has a chance to fight you know for my innocence. But that's about all I could ask right now and you know obviously it's a huge challenge."
Several months later, Sandusky's lawyers are presented with that chance. This ABC report, coming just hours after jury selection began, also indicates that there is potentially more testimony yet to come that will cast even further doubt on Sandusky's innocence among the public.
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