07/18/2013 09:55 am ET

Matt Sandusky, Jerry Sandusky's Adopted Son, Files For Name Change


Matt Sandusky, the adopted son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, filed court documents Wednesday to legally change his name, Onward State reports.

Sandusky, 34, filed a motion in Centre County, Pa. on behalf of himself, his wife and his four children. Sandusky's court documents were sealed, and an order was also granted Wednesday to waive publication requirements, according to the Patriot-News.

Matt Sandusky is one of Jerry's six adopted children, and said in 2012 that he was abused by the former Penn State University assistant football coach.

Victim advocates sympathized with Matt Sandusky's decision.

"It's not something that's unheard of, especially when a family member is a perpetrator of the abuse," Christopher Anderson, executive director of the sexual abuse awareness group Male Survivor, told the Patriot-News.

Jerry Sandusky was convicted in 2012 on 45 counts of sexually assaulting 10 boys over a 15-year period.

If granted, the motion would allow Matt Sandusky family to drop the name "Sandusky," and shed a public connection with the convicted pedophile.



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