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Report: 1 of 2 new abuse allegations made by Sandusky family member

NBC Philadelphia, msnbc.com staff and wire reports 

In the latest development to the Jerry Sandusky alleged child sex scandal, one of the two new abuse allegations was made by a family member of the former Penn State assistant football coach, his lawyer said Wednesday.

Sandusky’s attorney Joe Amendola told The Patriot-News that the allegations stem from a Sandusky family dispute. He characterized the other case as an example of people trying to mimic other allegations and "jump on the bandwagon," according to the Associated Press. Amendola contends that both are unfounded.

The assault with the family member allegedly occurred before the 67-year-old Sandusky’s arrest earlier this month, but was not brought to the attention of authorities until after he was indicted on Nov. 4, according to the newspaper.

News organizations were withholding the child’s relationship to Sandusky to shield the child’s identity.

Sandusky faces 40 criminal counts accusing him of sexually abusing eight boys beginning in the mid-1990s. Authorities say some assaults happened on Penn State's campus and were reported to administrators but not to police agencies. The charges followed a nearly three-year grand jury investigation.

Sandusky has denied any wrongdoing. He has said he showered with some boys but never sexually abused them.

The two new allegations were being investigated by the state's Children and Youth Services, which investigates reports of abuse if victims are under the age of 18.

The sex-abuse allegations have stunned Penn State and altered the image of its legendary college football coach, Joe Paterno, who was ousted amid the scandal.

Here are other developments in the case:

  • One alleged victim on Wednesday sought an injunction to stop the Second Mile charity from dissipating its assets, NBC News confirmed. In a filing in Pennsylvania state court, the alleged victim said he and others intended to sue Second Mile for negligence and failing to report known sexual abuse of children, and wanted to stop the charity's assets from disappearing. Sandusky founded Second Mile.
  • Former Penn State student disciplinarian Vicky Triponey told The Wall Street Journal that football players were treated "more favorably than other students accused of violating the community standards as defined by the student code of conduct."