A voicemail left by former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky to his alleged "victim #2" has been released by lawyers planning to sue the university.
"I would be very firm and express my feelings up front. There's nothing, really, to hide so…," Sandusky says Sept. 12, 2011, on the voicemail to the alleged victim, who is now a grown man, The Blaze reports.
"Take care, love you, hope you get this message," Sandusky, 68, adds in the message.
In a second voicemail left on Sept. 19, Sandusky asks alleged "victim 2" if he wouldlike to go to a Penn State football game.
Again, he ends the phone message with "thanks, I love you."
Victim #2 has remained silent and unidentified throughout the Sandusky trial in which the ex-assistant coach was convicted of the molestation of 10 boys from the years 1994 to 2009.
One of the most scathing accounts of the molestations was of victim #2, also known as the "shower victim," who was allegedly raped by Sandusky in the showers at Penn State.
Now victim #2's lawyers are saying they plan to sue Penn State for the damage done to their client.
"Our client has to live the rest of his life not only dealing with the effects of Sandusky's childhood sexual abuse, but also with the knowledge that many powerful adults, including those at the highest levels of Penn State, put their own interests and the interests of a child predator above their legal obligations to protect him," the lawyers said in a statement on Thursday.
Sandusky was convicted of molesting victim #2 after team graduate assistant Mike McQueary testified, saying he saw suspicious activity in the men's showers but did not report the incident to police. Instead, McQueary reported the incident to school officials and head coach Joe Paterno, who also did not notify police.
The lawyers said they are pursuing charges Penn State because their client believes the reason his alleged rape and molestat went unnoticed was due to the high standing of the football team in the university community.
The lawyers also say the voicemail messages show Sandusky trying to exert control over his victim through his power as assistant football coach.
Sandusky awaits sentencing on 45 counts of child sex abuse.