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Penn State Shower Abuse Victim to Sue University

Lawyers for a man who claims to be the unknown victim abused in a Penn State shower by Jerry Sandusky in a case that led to Joe Paterno’s firing say he intends to sue the university.

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The lawyers said in a statement that they have done an extensive investigation and gathered “overwhelming evidence” on details of the abuse.

The statement says the victim wants to hold officials accountable for “egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse.”

Penn State says it cannot comment on pending litigation. Prosecutors have said they don’t know the identity of the boy molested by Sandusky in 2001. The encounter was spotted by a former graduate assistant who reported the abuse to school officials, including Paterno, but none of them told police.

The victim is not named in the statement, and the AP generally does not identify victims of sex crimes without their consent. Sandusky awaits sentencing after being convicted of 45 sex abuse counts.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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