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Matt Sandusky files motion to have name changed

By Zaina Adamu, CNN
updated 9:18 AM EDT, Thu July 18, 2013
In this June 20, 2012 file photo, Matt Sandusky, adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the Centre County Courthouse.
In this June 20, 2012 file photo, Matt Sandusky, adopted son of Jerry Sandusky, right, leaves the Centre County Courthouse.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • One of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children requests a name change
  • Matt Sandusky's wife and four children join him in the request
  • Matt Sandusky admitted his stepfather abused him during jury deliberations

(CNN) -- Matt Sandusky, his wife and four children have filed a motion to have their names legally changed, court documents in Centre County, Pennsylvania, show.

Details regarding why they requested the name changes are not available because the file is sealed.

Sandusky is one of six adopted children of Jerry Sandusky, who was convicted in 2012 of sexually abusing 10 boys in a 15-year period. He is currently serving more than 30 years in prison.

Jerry Sandusky tries to discredit witness from prison

Matt Sandusky originally denied being abused by his adopted father, but during jury deliberations, he admitted to his attorney that he, too, was a victim of the disgraced former Penn State assistant coach's abuse.

In a 2012 interview with police, Sandusky said his family was the reason he revealed his stepfather was abusing him.

"They can really have closure and see what the truth actually is," he said.

Matt Sandusky's birth mother lost a case against Jerry Sandusky to gain legal custody of her son when he was a child.

Sandusky's son fits pattern of other alleged victims

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