More people have some forward to say that they were abused by Jerry Sandusky, and one of them is his adopted son Matt. The 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of the prosecution, according to his lawyers. In a statement, Andrew Shubin and Justine Andronici wrote:
“During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse. At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators.
“This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment.”
The statement did not offer details of the alleged abuse, and came only after the jurors were sequestered to consider the charges against the former football coach.
Matt Sandusky lived with Jerry and Dottie Sandusky as a foster child and was adopted by the couple as an adult. Matt’s ex-wife went to court shortly after the charges against Jerry Sandusky were revealed in order to keep the elder Sandusky away from the couple’s three children. She did get a restraining order to that effect. The HuffPo noted that:
At around the same time, details emerged that Matt Sandusky had attempted suicide just four months after first going to live with the couple in 1995. He had come into the home through The Second Mile charity, which Jerry Sandusky founded, and was first a foster child before being legally adopted.
Another man, one Travis Weaver, has also come forward to claim that he was abused by Sandusky. He talked to NBC: