The lawsuit filed against Penn State by the person referred to as “Victim 1” in the Jerry Sandusky case was put on hold by a judge Friday, according to court documents.
Judge Allan Tereshko put the suit on hold until all ongoing criminal proceedings involving the university have concluded, according to court documents.
Current criminal proceedings involving the university include the case of former Athletic Director Tim Curley and Former Interim Senior Vice President for Finance and Business Gary Schultz, both of whom are charged with perjury and failure to report suspected abuse relating to the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case, as previously reported.
Curley and Schultz are scheduled to see trial in January.
Sandusky was found guilty in June on 45 counts of sexually abusing boys he met through the charity he started in 1977 for underprivileged children, The Second Mile.
Sandusky will be sentenced Oct. 9 at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte.
University Spokesman David La Torre said the hold was a procedural move and that the university remains committed to settling all the suits.
The person referred to as “Victim 1” filed suit against the university in August for the “shameful” way it handled complaints of child sex abuse against Sandusky, as previously reported.
The documents filed by the lawyers of the person referred to as “Victim 1” in August stated university officials deliberately chose not to divulge information about the reported abuse to police for the sake of the university’s own interests.
Michael Boni, one of the attorneys of the person referred to as “Victim 1,” said the hold was “just a ruling the judge made,” and that the details still need to be sorted through further.
The court documents state the reasons for the suit are specifically negligence, fraudulent concealment, intentional infliction of emotional distress and civil conspiracy.
Sandusky met the person referred to as “Victim 1” when the boy was 11 years old and at his second year at The Second Mile. Shortly afterward, Sandusky began inviting him to football games and to stay the night at the Sandusky home, according to the grand jury presentment.