Lawyer: Alleged victim doesn't want to be associated with downfall of Penn State football

A Dec. 28, 1999 file photo of Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky after the Alamo Bowl in San Antonio.
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By CBS News investigative producer Pat Milton

In an interview with CBS News, Ben Andreozzi, the attorney for one of the alleged victims of the sexual assault said that his client "doesn't want to be associated with the downfall of Penn State football."

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"There is a feeling of guilt and shame associated with the sexual assault and now he feels he is going to have to live with the guilt and shame that he brought the football program to its knees,'' said Andreozzi in the interview. "It is tearing him apart.''

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"These victims all grew up on the sidelines of Penn State football,'' he said. "Jerry (Sandusky) brought them to games, they met everyone on the sidelines, players, everyone associated with Penn State football. They had a close bond with everyone."

"He doesn't want the focus to be on Joe Paterno but on Jerry,'' he said.

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"It is a common emotion of all sex assault victims to feel a sense of shame or guilt of what happened to them, now he feels he has to live with the guilt and shame of the downfall of football at Penn State,'' he said.

"He also had a great deal of emotional response from the students reaction."

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