In an interview with People magazine, Aaron Fisher — the person referred to as “Victim 1” in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse case — said he’s no longer angry at the others Sandusky abused for not coming forward earlier.
While the full People article will be published next week, Fisher will appear on ‘20/20” at 10 tonight on ABC in his first on-air interview regarding Sandusky.
A request made by ABC to obtain photographic evidence used in the Jerry Sandusky sex abuse trial was granted Thursday by a senior judge in the case.
Senior Judge John Cleland wrote in the order Thursday that the Attorney General’s office and Sandusky’s defense team must file an answer to ABC’s motion within 20 days.
The answer must not only state if the attorney’s consent or oppose the motion but also must state if they have concerns with maintaining the security of any materials requested, according to the order.
The photographs requested by ABC are ones identified by the man during his testimony, as previously reported.
The issues that the attorneys could address in their answer include whether the materials requested could be available for copying. Another issue could be whether or not the release of the materials might affect proceedings in the case or any other investigation, according to the order.
The attorneys may also address, if they wish, being present at any third-party viewing of the evidence, according to the order.
After the attorneys respond to the request, the courts will also decide if a hearing on the matter is required, according to the order.
One of Sandusky’s defense attorneys, Karl Rominger, said he and the rest of Sandusky’s defense team still have to discuss the request made by ABC, but he said any materials released wouldn’t affect the former assistant football coach’s appeal process.
Rominger also said the conduct of the people who testified at trial would have an effect on a new trial, if one were issued in the appeals process.
“At trial, all the victims were asked about financial gain, and they said they weren’t anticipating any,” Rominger said. “Now you have a book deal and an interview and photographs. At a re-trial, they may become relevant.”
Fisher is scheduled to release a book, “Silent No More: Victim #1’s Fight for Justice Against Jerry Sandusky,” on Oct. 23. The book is to document Sandusky’s abuse of Fisher, as previously reported.
Sandusky was convicted in June on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. He was sentenced earlier this month to serve 30 to 60 years in prison.