Attorneys: Sandusky voice mails released, shower abuse victim to sue
(CNN) — Attorneys for one of the victims Jerry Sandusky was convicted of abusing have released two voice mails they say the former coach left on their client’s phone just prior to his 2011 arrest, potential fodder for a civil lawsuit they plan to file against Penn State and others.
The recordings are allegedly among “numerous voice mails” unearthed during an investigation, and were left on the phone of a person identified as Victim 2, attorneys with the firm Ross Feller Casey said in a statement Thursday.
CNN cannot independently verify the recordings after listening to them posted on the attorneys’ website. The group would not elaborate on how many voice mails were uncovered.
They are dated September 12 and September 19, 2011, less than two months before Sandusky was arrested on sex abuse charges.
Both messages end with the words “love you” to the victim.
In message dated September 19, the former coach apparently says he’s “just calling to see you know whether you had any interest in going to the Penn State game this Saturday.”
“As these messages indicate, Sandusky was attempting to exert control over our client even as his arrest for child sexual abuse became imminent,” the statement said.
In 2001, then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified that he told his university superiors he saw Sandusky abusing Victim 2, then a minor, in a Penn State shower room.
The firm also announced Thursday that it intends to file a civil lawsuit against “Penn State University and others and to hold them accountable for the egregious and reckless conduct that facilitated the horrific abuse our client suffered.”
Neither Penn State nor Sandusky’s attorney could be immediately reached for comment.
Sandusky, who has maintained his innocence, was convicted in June for abusing young boys over a 15-year-period.
The Ross Feller Casey firm currently represents other Sandusky abuse victims, including Victim 3, Victim 7 and Victim 10.