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1st Penn State abuse suit comes from new accuser

By Maryclaire Dale

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, Dec. 1 2011 12:35 a.m. MST

Penn State President Rodney Erickson, right, gives his opening remarks as T.J. Bard, president of the University Park Undergraduate Association, and Peter Khoury, president of The Council of Commonwealth Student Governments, look on during a town hall forum organized by students at the university's main campus, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011, in State College, Pa. The event served as an open discussion between students and the administration about the school's recent sexual abuse scandal, which has resulted in the departures of school President Graham Spanier and longtime football coach Joe Paterno.

John Beale, Associated Press

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. — Penn State leaders have pledged to raise ethics "to a new level" at the university, where students are struggling to come to grips with criminal allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Just hours after a man identified only as John Doe contended in a lawsuit that Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times, university president Rod Erickson and other administrators faced pointed questions at a student-organized town hall forum Wednesday night.

Erickson says he wants the Penn State community to learn "not just the legal thing to do, but the moral thing to do." He promised there would be a new emphasis on transparency.

Sandusky has acknowledged that he showered with boys but denied molesting them.

The new accuser is not part of the criminal case.

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