Jerry Sandusky Adopted Son Seeks to Have His Name Changed

Thursday, 18 Jul 2013 12:34 PM

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Jerry Sandusky's adopted son Matt will be changing his name one year after the former Penn State assistant football coach was convicted of child sexual abuse.

On Tuesday, Matt Sandusky filed papers in Pennsylvania's Centre County Court to have his name, as well as the names of his family, legally changed.

Though sealed, the court documents reveal that his Matt Sandusky's wife and four children among those requested in the name change.

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Having originally expected to be a defense witness, Matt Sandusky did not take the stand after it was revealed that he too had been abused as a boy by his adoptive father.

The 68-year-old Jerry Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse, including engaging in involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with someone under 16 and aggravated indecent assault over his abuse of 10 boys over a 15-year-period.

The charges also included involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with children under 16.
Still maintaining his innocence, the disgraced former coach is currently serving a 30 to 60 year prison sentence.

Sandusky played and coached under Joe Paterno, Penn State’s legendary head football coach, for more than 30 years before retiring in 1999. Paterno, who died in January, and ex-university President Graham Spanier were fired amid criticism they didn’t do enough to stop Sandusky’s alleged abuse.

Sandusky was initially accused Nov. 5 of crimes involving eight boys. Prosecutors added more counts the following month when two new accusers came forward.

During the almost two-week trial, prosecutors portrayed Sandusky as a serial child molester who used the Second Mile, the charity he founded, to recruit his victims, befriending them and "grooming" them with gifts, trips to Penn State football games and money.

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Many of the incidents allegedly took place in a locker room in the Lasch Football Building on Penn State’s campus. Assistant football coach Mike McQueary told jurors about witnessing a late-night assault in the football locker room when he was a graduate assistant.

Two other Penn State officials, athletic director Timothy Curley and former Vice President Gary Schultz, were charged with perjury and failing to report allegations of sex abuse.

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