2 more Sandusky accusers emerge; Both minors
Former Penn State football defensive coordinator Gerald "Jerry" Sandusky is seen leaving the office of Centre County Magisterial District Judge Leslie A. Dutchcot in State College, Pa., Nov. 5, 2011. / AP Photo/The Patriot-News
State officials are investigating two new cases of alleged abuse by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
The investigations, opened by Children and Youth Services, involve accusers who are currently under the age of 18 - the first known cases involving accusers who are still minors.
The new investigations were first reported by The Patriot-News.
The other known cases of alleged victims have come forward as adults.
In Pennsylvania, CYS participates in investigating child abuse allegations if the accuser is still a minor. If an accuser comes forward as an adult, it is a police matter.
On Thursday Judge Kathy Morrow granted a request to keep secret the name of one of Sandusky's alleged victims, who said it might appear in court documents or be disclosed in statements by Sandusky or his attorney.
The victim will be referred to as "John Doe" going forward.
Attorney Andrew Shubin said his client is afraid of being publicly identified.
Sandusky has claimed he is innocent of the charges against him.
The New York Times reports that the young boy referred to in the grand jury presentment as "Victim 1" - who at age 15 first raised allegations against Sandusky about three years ago - was taunted by classmates when word came out he had testified in the investigation.
The boy's running coach said he had been told by school officials he should not be alone with the boy, but it was never explained exactly why. Thom Hunter told The Times that on one occasion in 2009, when he planned to drive the boy to a track meet in Hershey, Pa., a school administrator told Hunter that no adult was ever to be alone with the boy, and required another student to ride along with them.
Hunter said the boy - who hoped to go to college on a running scholarship and ultimately become a state policeman - never told him anything about abuse allegations.
He said the boy was a gifted runner, and after recovering from a severe injury received in a car accident, came close to setting school records.
But after the boy started missing track practice this summer, Hunter wrote a forceful email to him ("You're making a bad choice ... We've worked so hard to get you back to where you were, now don't throw it away'). Hunter told the Times that school officials declared his email with the boy had "drifted into the friend zone." He was fired.
After the firing, the boy allegedly told his teammates, "I can't talk about it now, but you'll all find out eventually." He complained to school authorities about the dismissal of his running coach, and has since dropped out of school.
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