on December 13, 2011
Victim 6 testified on Day Four of the trial of former Penn State Assistant Football Coach Jerry Sandusky on charges of child sexual abuse. Victim 6, a client of Howard Janet, told the jury about a 1998 incident in which Sandusky suggested he and the victim, then 11, showered together after a brief workout in Penn State facilities. At one point Sandusky hugged the naked child to him, saying he wanted to “squeeze his guts out,” then picked him up chest-to-chest and held him under the shower. “I feel violated,” he told the court.
on March 25, 2012
CNN. March 25, 2012. Howard Janet, attorney for Victim 6, released a statement soon after news of the report broke on Saturday, blasting Penn State for failing to take action.
”Why was a second opinion sought from someone with a connection to Jerry Sandusky? Why were reports of inappropriate contact between Sandusky and young boys on the Penn State campus and Penn state activities consistently ignored?” Read More
With accused pedophile and former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky waiving his right to a preliminary hearing, Victim 6 attorneys Howard Janet and Ken Suggs were both interviewed by major news sources (including ABC, CBS, Fox News, NBC and NPR) about their client’s testimony. Both attorneys were on hand for Tuesday’s court proceedings.
“Can anybody ever be ready to testify in a public setting when the subject matter involves something as personal as sexual abuse? Our client is as ready as anybody can be. It’s very difficult and trying, but something that needs to be done to serve justice.”
Tuesday’s hearing was to be the first public testimony by up to 10 alleged victims, all of whom were young boys when former Penn State defensive coordinator Sandusky allegedly made sexual advances toward them. Sandusky faces more than 50 counts of child sexual abuse involving 12 boys over a 15-year period.
The other defendants, who were charged as a result of the Sandusky/Penn State/Second Mile sex abuse case, reportedly will not waive their right to a preliminary hearing. Former Penn State Vice President Gary Schultz and suspended Athletic Director Tim Curley’s hearing is scheduled for Friday, December 16.
“(Our client is) determined to tell his story. It’s very difficult and trying, but something needs to be done to serve justice,“ Howard Janet and Ken Suggs told ABC News.
Not hearing the accusers testify was a missed opportunity for the people in attendance. “The demeanor and sincerity of these boys can be believed contrary to what Sandusky and his attorney are saying,” said Attorney Ken Suggs on NPR News.
“Can anyone ever be ready to testify in a public setting when the subject matter involves something like sexual abuse? He’s as ready as anyone can be,” Howard Janet, who represents Victim No. 6, told CBS News.
“I know how stressful it would be,” Howard Janet told NBC News. “It’s good that he won’t have to relive the horror.” Howard Janet, an attorney for another of the victims, identified in the report as “Victim 6″ said today’s hearing should convince anyone in the public who’d harbored sympathy for Sandusky to change their mind. Kenneth Suggs, also an attorney for VICTIM SIX, called Sandusky a coward. “Yeah, I’d call him a coward,” he said. “Anyone who would abuse children like this is, by definition, a coward.”
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