Federal judge dismisses claim against Sandusky, labels plaintiff 'serial filer of frivolous lawsuits'

By Jon Campisi | Jul 11, 2012

A federal judge in Wisconsin has tossed a lawsuit by a man who claims he was sexually

abused by convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky, stating that the plaintiff is none other than a convicted felon and “notorious, serial filer of frivolous lawsuits across the country.”

In a July 6 order, U.S. District Judge William M. Conley, of the Western District of Wisconsin, dismissed the suit that had been filed in late June by a man calling himself Jonathan Bollinger.

The civil action sought a preliminary injunction against Sandusky, alleging acts of sexual abuse that purportedly occurred during a football game in 2002.

Bollinger sought a temporary restraining order against Sandusky and filed a motion for leave to proceed in forma pauperis in his case, or without paying the appropriate filing fees.

Conley wrote that shortly after the suit was filed, it became apparent that there is likely no “Jonathan Bollinger,” and the author of the motions was likely a man named Jonathan Lee Riches, who Conley says has “vexed the court system with thousands of frivolous lawsuits before his recent release from federal prison, and whose recalcitrant zeal for filing meretricious actions against newsmakers, celebrities, athletes and politicians continues unabated.”

The judicial order states that the address listed for the purported plaintiff is actually that of a comedy club in Philadelphia.

Conley determined that the Sandusky complaint lacks credibility and is both frivolous and malicious in nature.

In addition to dismissing the claim against Sandusky, Conley ordered Jonathan Lee Riches to show cause by July 31 why he should not be held in contempt of court and his conduct referred to his probation officer and the appropriate United States Attorney’s Office.

Sandusky, the former assistant football coach for the Penn State Nittany Lions, was convicted on 45 of the 48 counts of child sex-abuse against him following a two-week jury trial in Centre County, Pa. last month.

He likely faces life in prison at his upcoming sentencing, which should take place sometime in the next couple of months.

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