Mere hours before Jerry Sandusky was convicted on 45 charges of child sexual abuse, another bombshell was dropped in a scandal that certainly has had no shortage of them.
Matt Sandusky, the adoptive son of Jerry Sandusky, announced through his attorneys that he, too, had been a victim of his father's abuse. The announcement followed earlier reports that Matt Sandusky was prepared to testify against his father in the the case that shook Penn State University to the core, led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno and the removal of three top Penn State officials and raised serious questions about the future of Penn State football.
The reports about Matt Sandusky's willingness to testify against his father were surprising in themselves, as Matt Sandusky had previously been publicly supportive of his father.
The full text of Matt Sandusky's statement reads as follows:
Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry Sandusky's adopted children, asked us to confirm with you the accuracy of this morning's news reports indicating that he was prepared to testify truthfully as a Commonwealth witness.
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 at this time.