Only hours after the Jerry Sandusky sex-abuse case went to the jury Thursday, one of the Sandusky's adopted children came forward with the jolting accusation that his father abused him.
Matt Sandusky, 33, had been prepared to take the stand as a prosecution rebuttal witness and tell the jury of his agonizing account with the former Penn State coach. His attorneys released a statement on behalf of their client saying:
"During the trial, Matt Sandusky contacted us and requested our advice and assistance in arranging a meeting with prosecutors to disclose for the first time in this case that he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky’s abuse.
At Matt’s request, we immediately arranged a meeting between him and the prosecutors and investigators. This has been an extremely painful experience for Matt and he has asked us to convey his request that the media respect his privacy. There will be no further comment."
Jerry Sandusky, 68, is charged with 48 counts of sexual abuse of 10 boys.
Speculators say it was the prospect of Matt Sandusky's testimony that kept Jerry Sandusky from taking the stand in his own defense.
This new information, which seemingly came out of nowhere, raises the possibility that prosecutors could charge Sandusky in a new indictment with abusing his son.
During testimony last week, an accuser known as Victim 4 said Matt Sandusky was living at the Sandusky home when the alleged victim stayed there overnight.
He described a time when he and Matt Sandusky had been playing racquetball. After the game, they went back to a locker room, where Matt got into the shower. He testified that himself, Victim 4, and Sandusky followed Matt Sandusky into the shower area.
Victim 4 said:
"Me and Jerry came in. He started pumping his hand full of soap. At that point, Matt left and went to another locker room to shower."
Victim 4 was then asked by prosecutors of Matt's facial expression, he replied: “Nervous.”
Matt Sandusky reportedly attempted suicide shortly after he went to live with the Sanduskys in 1995 through the Second Mile charity for children, which Sandusky founded in 1978.