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Sandusky appeal focuses on Victim 2's conflicting statements

Written by The Associated Press | Aug 22, 2016 1:35 PM
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Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for an appeals hearing about whether he was improperly convicted four years ago, in Bellefonte, Pa. Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

(Bellenfonte) -- Jerry Sandusky's lawyers are focusing on conflicting statements from a man who settled a child sex abuse claim with Penn State but didn't testify at Sandusky's criminal trial.

The second day of an appeal hearing for the former defensive coach on Monday included testimony from a lawyer who represents the man who says he is Victim 2 and was seen being abused by Sandusky in a shower.

Victim 2 and one other victim didn't testify during the 2012 trial, while eight others did.

Attorney Andrew Shubin says he believes his client is Victim 2 but won't say whether he ever tried to hide the man's whereabouts from prosecutors or investigators.

Retired Cpl. Joseph Leiter says that shortly before Sandusky was arrested, the man denied to him that Sandusky abused him.

An earlier story is below:

The second day of Jerry Sandusky's appeal hearing is underway in Pennsylvania.

Among the topics that could be discussed Monday is how prosecutors and the former Penn State assistant coach's defense team handled allegations of abuse by a person labeled in court papers as Victim 2, who didn't testify during the 2012 trial.

Sandusky took the stand on the first day of the appeal hearing. He insists he's innocent and is seeking to have his 45-count conviction thrown out or to get a new trial.

Lawyers for a man who settled an abuse claim with Penn State have said he's Victim 2, who former assistant coach Mike McQueary testified he saw being abused by Sandusky in a team shower in 2001.

Sandusky is serving a 30- to 60-year sentence.

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