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Jerry Sandusky, Penn State Face 1st Civil Suit from New Accuser

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By Andrew Chow, Esq. on December 06, 2011 5:48 AM

A new accuser has filed the first civil lawsuit against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, accusing Sandusky of molesting him more than 100 times as a child.

The accuser, now 29 and identified in the lawsuit as "John Doe A," also asserts Sandusky threatened to hurt the accuser's family to keep him quiet, USA Today reports.

The lawsuit, filed recently in Philadelphia, is the first civil suit in the Sandusky molestation scandal. The former coach is already charged with molesting eight other boys over a 15-year period. He maintains he's innocent, and remains free on bail.

The new allegations were not part of the grand jury's criminal indictment of Sandusky. The victim just contacted authorities, his lawyer told the Philadelphia Inquirer.

In a written statement, the 29-year-old man says he felt compelled to act now, "because I don't want other kids to be hurt and abused by Jerry Sandusky or anybody ... to allow people like him to do it, rape kids!"

His civil lawsuit seeks at least $400,000 in damages from Sandusky, Penn State, and the charity Sandusky founded for troubled children, The Second Mile.

The suit accuses Sandusky of abuse, and seeks compensation for the victim's physical and emotional suffering. It also alleges Sandusky, Penn State, and The Second Mile conspired to endanger children.

In a civil lawsuit, a court can award compensatory damages to make up for whatever injuries the victim sustained, such as medical expenses, emotional anguish, and the loss of enjoyment of life.

But a court can also award punitive damages to punish a wrongdoer for especially heinous acts. This seems likely if the victim wins his civil suit against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and The Second Mile.

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