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Alleged Sandusky victim's mother on 'Good Morning America'

CBSSports.com wire reports

The mother of Victim 1 in the Pennsylvania attorney general's sex abuse case against Jerry Sandusky told of her son's horror in an appearance on Good Morning America and said she hoped the former Penn State defensive coach would be "put away for a long time."

She said her son later told her he didn't speak up earlier about the multiple alleged incidents because "you just can't tell Jerry no."

While dealing with the knowledge her son was exposed to multiple incidents of alleged sexual abuse, including oral sex given and received by Sandusky years after an incident was witnessed on the Penn State campus, the mother said she had "no respect" for the people who did not contact authorities.

She also agreed with the firing of coach Joe Paterno, but said her son did not blame the students and was "cheering for the team."

The mother, whose face was not shown and whose voice was altered for confidentiality, remembered her son asking about a database for "sex weirdos" because he wanted to see if Sandusky was on there.

The boy had met Sandusky in 2005 or '06 through his Second Mile foundation, which aids at-risk youth, according to the grand jury report. Prosecutors said Sandusky used the foundation to prey on victims, which they said included eight young boys and 40 counts of sex crimes related to minors.

Sandusky spent an increasing amount of time with Victim 1 in 2007, having him stay at his house overnight, and also had unmonitored access to the boy at his high school, according to the grand jury report.

After her son asked about Sandusky being on a "sex weirdos" database, the mother said she asked him why he asked and he didn't offer much feedback. She then called the school and an appointment was arranged with the guidance counselor.

After that meeting, the mother was told to go to the school immediately, where she began to understand what her son had allegedly endured.

More details emerged in the grand jury report, which said her son had been subjected to oral sex by Sandusky more than 20 times and had also been made to perform it on the grown man, among many other incidents.

"I was horrified," she said on the television show. "I was absolutely horrified."

The school had detailed suspicious incidents in the school with Sandusky, according to the grand jury report, and acknowledged the coach had been given unmonitored access to the boy, who even left classes and the school with Sandusky.

"I didn't even know he was leaving the school with my child," the mother said. "I didn't know he was taking him out of class."

When she later spoke to her son about the incidents, the mother told him he should have said something earlier.

"Well, I didn't know what to do," the mother said her son replied. He then made a chilling comment about the physically imposing Sandusky. "And you just can't tell Jerry no."

Victim 1 was among the first to speak to authorities and his incident came years after the 2002 alleged sexual assault in a shower in the football building on the Penn State campus was witnessed by then-graduate assistant Mike McQueary, according to prosecutors. McQueary, according to grand jury testimony, left and called his father, then left the building before the men reported it to coach Joe Paterno the next day. The men then reported the incident to athletic director Tim Curley and vice president of finance Gary Schultz, who oversaw the university police department, but none of the men ever contacted the police, according to the grand jury report.

Curley and Schultz were charged with perjury and failing to report. Paterno was not charged, but was fired and acknowledged he wished he'd done more. The coach's firing set off a massive protest by students on campus. McQueary is considered a credible witness and has not been fired, but will not be at Saturday's game due to threats made against him, the school said.

The mother of Victim 1 agreed with the firing of Paterno while also saying her son had no issues with the students and was "cheering for the team."

"Well, I think if [Paterno] had any inclination of this and I mean, he may have legally did what he needed to do, but there's not to be some moral bearing and, in my opinion, yes, I think they all needed to be gone," the mother said. "The students of Penn State are not involved in hiding this or doing anything to him so he's really ... he's all cheering for the team.

"But as far as the people who hid it, we have no respect for those people."

As for Sandusky, the mother said "I want justice. I want him to be locked up. There's no help for somebody who does this. Not like that. He needs to be put away. He needs to be put away for a long time."

Asked if it was a difficult time for her child, the mother replied, "Very.

"But he's a brave kid."


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