Penn State accuser disputes defense’s approach



HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The lawyer for a young man described by prosecutors as a sexual abuse victim of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky says he’s been distressed to hear Sandusky’s attorney dispute the charges.

Slade McLaughlin said Tuesday that his client stands by the allegations and sees the strategy as putting him on trial instead of Sandusky. The young man is described as Victim 1 in the grand jury report used to file charges this month.

McLaughlin says comments by Sandusky lawyer Joe Amendola have been incendiary and hurt the victims.

McLaughlin says he’s in discussions with prosecutors about whether his client will testify at Sandusky’s preliminary hearing next month.

He says civil litigation on behalf of Victim 1 is a foregone conclusion but won’t begin until criminal proceedings are complete.