A man who claims former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky abused him as a teen filed a court document Wednesday that asks a judge to force state prosecutors to file charges in the matter.
The appeal of prosecutors' decision not to file a criminal complaint state prosecutors met with the man in April, after which they told him the 1988 allegations were too old to be viable under the statute of limitations. The accuser argues changes to the statute of limitations in 2002 and 2006 provide a legal basis for a current criminal prosecution.
The man, now 43 years old and living in Massachusetts, was 16 at the time he attended a Sandusky-run football camp on the Penn State campus. His private criminal complaint filed in Centre County alleges two incidences of abuse in which he claims Sandusky subjected him to fondling and oral sex.
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Al Lindsay, who represents Sandusky in a pending county-level appeal, said the former coach denies the allegations.
The man's lawyer, Steven Passarello, said the man has not filed a civil complaint. Penn State has settled with at least 26 Sandusky accusers and victims for more than $59 million.
A spokeswoman for the state attorney general's office said it stands by the legal conclusion regarding the statute of limitations in the case. A May 20 letter attached to the appeal said authorities "reviewed all the facts of your allegations and found you to be compelling."