HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Seven young men, including Jerry Sandusky's adopted son, have finalized deals with Penn State over claims of abuse by the school's former assistant football coach, their lawyer said Friday.
Settlements were reached by Matt Sandusky, as well as the young man known as "Victim 2" in court records and three other victims who testified last summer against Jerry Sandusky at his criminal trial, Philadelphia attorney Matt Casey said.
Matt Sandusky had been expected to be a defense witness for his father until the trial, when he told investigators that he also had been abused by Jerry Sandusky. He has since petitioned for a legal name change for himself and his family.
"Victim 2" has said he was the boy then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified he saw being attacked by Jerry Sandusky in a team shower in 2001. McQueary notified legendary coach Joe Paterno and school officials at the time, but police were never called, an omission that eventually led to Paterno's firing.
Casey did not disclose the terms of the settlements, but said they took shape some time ago and were completed a week ago, followed by passing paperwork back and forth to memorialize them.
"To say they're relieved, I think, is a fair statement," Casey said. "But it's also accurate to say that while we've closed this chapter, there's a whole lot of this that's necessarily inadequate."
The university has not announced the deals.
Nearly a week ago, a lawyer disclosed the first settlement among the 31 lawsuits filed against the school amid the Sandusky scandal. Earlier this week, a lawyer brought in by Penn State to facilitate negotiations said he expected 24 more cases to settle in the near future.
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