STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – There may be many more victims in the Penn Sate sex abuse scandal. Former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky is charged with attacking eight boys over 15 years.
CBS News chief investigative correspondent Armen Keteyian has learned Sandusky may have abused more than 18 boys. An attorney representing several of the alleged victims say they told him abuse by Sandusky included rape and molestation.
Minn. attorney Jeff Anderson has represented victims of childhood sexual abuse for nearly 30 years, including thousands of victims of pedophile Catholic priests.
“The institutional failure at Penn State really parallels the institutional failure we’ve seen at the top level of the Catholic church hierarchy,” Anderson said. “Top officials failing to act to protect the kids, rather, choosing to protect their reputation.”
Anderson is now working with several men he says “survived” severe sexual abuse – molestation and rape – by former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky. “The emotions for the survivors and their families right now are really a re-traumatization,” Anderson said. “It’s a mixture of despair, confusion and fury.”
A key witness against Sandusky is assistant football coach Michael McQueary. But now there are conflicting stories of exactly what McQueary did after he says he witnessed Sandusky rape a boy in the 2002. McQueary has declined to discuss the case in public.
In the grand jury report McQueary says after seeing Sandusky and the boy in the shower around 9:30 p.m. he “…left immediately, distraught.” And that he was “…never questioned by University Police and no other entity conducted an investigation.”
But in an email obtained by the AP, McQueary claims when he saw the alleged attack “I did stop it, not physically…” And had “…discussions with police…”
Wednesday, University Police and State College police told CBS News they have no record that McQueary reported an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky.
According to the grand jury report, McQueary also spoke with then coach Joe Paterno, and two top university officials about the 2002 attack. Both the athletic director Tim Curley, and Vice President Gary Schultz have been charged with lying to the federal grand jury and have been removed from their jobs.