A former Penn State soccer player claims in a lawsuit that Nittany Lions players risked him and other younger teammates imitating sexual acts in the shower and invoking the name of Jerry Sandusky.
The player, who is not being identified by the Associated Press because he has not spoken publicly about the matter, filed the lawsuit Monday in federal court of Pennsylvania against the university, head coach James Franklin and a former teammate.
The school’s own investigation found that the former teammate named in the lawsuit had committed “prohibited behavior,” the complaint said.
University police handed over the results of their investigation to the local district attorney, who refused to prosecute, Penn State said in a statement.
The accusations include that the older players told the younger ones: “I’m going to Sandusky with you.”
Sandusky was the long-retired defensive coordinator of the team when he was convicted in 2012 of sexual abuse of 10 children, including physical attacks on university property. He is serving a state prison sentence of 30 to 60 years.
Sandusky’s arrest caused the dismissal of Hall of Fame head coach Joe Paterno, and the university subsequently paid more than $ 100 million to people who said they had been abused by Sandusky.
The lawsuit states that some of the older players would physically restrict the younger players, make fun of them and participate in simulated sexual acts. In addition, he states that, as of January 2018, several players “orchestrated, participated, directed and / or collectively facilitated a campaign to harass and torment members of the lower class of the Penn State football team,” including the former player who sued.
A message was left seeking comments for the plaintiff’s lawyers, Steven F. Marino and Joseph Auddino of Philadelphia. The Los Angeles Times and AP generally do not name people who are allegedly victims of sexual abuse or similar crimes unless they are presented publicly.
The Penn State statement issued on Tuesday said its Office of Prevention and Response to Sexual Behavior and the Office of Student Conduct investigated hazing complaints, and that Penn State police delivered the results of their own investigation to Center County Dist Atty Bernie F. Cantorna.
“The da. Reviewed the case and decided that no charges would be filed,” the school said. A message was left seeking comments from Cantorna.
The former teammate who was sued did not return a message sent to his university email account.
The lawsuit alleges that the plaintiff and his father reported harassment and harassment in the football team’s locker room, but “Franklin or the team did not take any substantial action.”
The former player who filed the lawsuit alleges that he was subject to reprisals for making reports, including the contempt of coaches, “irrational and inappropriate censorship” by the team’s academic advisor and the denial of medical accommodations to treat anxiety and Narcolepsy He believes he was also rejected by other players and said he received threats.
The plaintiff seeks damages for negligence claims against Penn State, Franklin and his former teammate, as well as assault and assault, conspiracy and intentionally inflicting emotional distress against the former teammate.
Since then, the plaintiff has transferred from Penn State and attends a different school.