Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, leaves court in handcuffs after being convicted in his child sex abuse trial at the Centre County Courthouse on June 22, 2012 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Bellefonte, PA (written by Kevin Johnson/USA Today) -- Attorneys for the victim who triggered the child sex-abuse investigation against Jerry Sandusky said Tuesday that they are preparing to move forward with a civil lawsuit likely targeting Penn State University where the former assistant football coach assaulted many of his 10 victims during a 15-year period.
Attorney Slade McLaughlin said a meeting with his young client has been set for next week to outline a legal strategy, following Sandusky's conviction Friday on 45 of 48 counts of abuse.
"It's going to be our recommendation that he move forward (with a lawsuit)," McLaughlin said, referring to his client who provided emotional testimony during the coach's seven-day trial about suffering nearly four years of abuse that ranged from fondling to sexual assault.
Meanwhile, in a tape-recorded interview with police that aired Tuesday on NBC's Today show, Sandusky's adopted son, Matt Sandusky, 33, alleges that the coach molested him for about seven years beginning when he was 8 years old.
Matt Sandusky, who was initially listed as a defense witness, provided the statement to police as defense lawyers were weighing whether to call the former coach to testify in his own defense.
When notified of Matt Sandusky's statement, defense attorney Joe Amendola said he decided not to call the defendant to avoid a potentially damaging courtroom confrontation between Sandusky and his adopted son.
"It would have created a trial within a trial," Amendola said in an interview with USA TODAY.
Amendola has denied that his client abused Matt Sandusky, who didn't take the stand. At trial, Sandusky faced no charges related to his adopted son.
In the police interview, Matt Sandusky, said he was allegedly subjected to "the showering, with the hugging, with the rubbing" that many of the victims detailed during the former coach's trial. Matt Sandusky had previously denied any abuse during testimony before a Pennsylvania grand jury investigating the activities of his adopted father.
But in the statement to police, Sandusky said he "wanted to die" after allegedly being molested by the coach.
Nils Frederiksen, a spokesman for the Pennsylvania attorney general's office which prosecuted Sandusky, declined to comment on the recording or whether Matt Sandusky's statement would result in additional charges.
But trial Judge John Cleland indicated Tuesday that a state grand jury was continuing its investigation of the abuse allegations when he issued an order following NBC's broadcast prohibiting the release of information related to the inquiry.
While not directly identifying the Sandusky recording, Cleland said the protective order "is required to assure the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation."