The sex abuse scandal that shattered Penn State’s reputation now has a paper trail.
One victim allegedly received “creepy” love letters from ex-coach Jerry Sandusky, ABC News reported, which will apparently be read out during the trial.
The letters were reportedly sent to Victim 4, who is expected to be the first young man to take the stand against the man accused of abusing him. When he testifies next week, he’s expected to display a number of gifts that Sandusky supposedly bought for him, including golf clubs, a snowboard and Nike shoes. He will also present the letters as testimony. ABC’s sources, who described letters as “creepy,” noted that the letters were handwritten by Sandusky, one of which was written in the third person.
Victim 4’s lawyer Ben Andreozzi wouldn’t discuss the letters with ABC but did note that there is unseen evidence that will “really resonate with the jury.” Victim 4, now 28, testified in the November 2011 grand jury investigation that he met the the former Penn State defensive coordinator through Sandusky’s “Second Mile” charity. Their relationship began in 1996 or 1997 and continued until at least 1999, during which Sandusky allegedly engaged in “indecent conduct” with him on occasions including an incident in the Penn State showers and in hotel rooms while traveling.
Sandusky faces 52 total counts of child sex abuse charges, and at least 10 accusers have come forward to say Sandusky abused them. Five of them, including Victim 4, have asked that they be allowed to use pseudonyms in court to protect their identities; Judge John Cleland, however, denied the request. Nine jurors were chosen Tuesday during the first day of jury selection. The trial is expected to begin Monday.