Mother of 'Victim 1' speaks out
The mother of one of the victims of former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky named in a grand jury statement spoke publicly for the first time in an exclusive interview with ABC News.
The woman, the mother of the boy named 'Victim 1' in the grand jury report, spoke with ABC's George Stephanopoulos.
'You know, maybe we should have come to this conclusion earlier -- you should have told me,'" the mother, whose face was shadowed and voice altered, said during the interview.
"Even if they had the slightest inclination that anything inappropriate was going on it should have been reported," she said.
Obama says that the Penn State sex abuse scandal should lead to "soul-searching" by all Americans, not just Penn State.
Meanwhile, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the school, has been placed on administrative leave.
School president Rod Erickson announced the move Friday, a day after the school said McQueary would not be present when the Nittany Lions play Nebraska on Saturday because he has received threats.
McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by university trustees amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.
McQueary, who testified that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower in 2002, has endured similar scrutiny. The university's athletic department released a one-line statement Thursday night saying it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the season's final home game at Beaver Stadium. The school did not provide details on precisely who threatened McQueary.
"It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances," Erickson said Friday, adding McQueary was told of the decision Friday afternoon.
Besides Paterno, school president Graham Spanier also has been fired.
After receiving numerous threats, the school decided that receivers coach Mike McQueary, who allegedly witnessed Sandusky abusing a young boy in a shower in 2002, will not coach in Saturday's game between the Nittany Lions and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The grand jury report alleges that Sandusky fondled Victim 1 "on a number of occasions, performed oral sex on Victim 1 on a number of occasions and had Victim 1 perform oral sex on him on at least one occasion."
Sandusky met the victim through his Second Mile charity when the boy was 11 or 12 years old, according to the documents. The grand jury statement says Sandusky took the boy to events, including Penn State practices, and invited the boy to sleep over at his house.
During those sleepovers, the documents state the victim would stay in a basement bedroom. The statement alleges that Sandusky made the boy lay on top of him, kissed him on the mouth and ultimately performed oral sex on him, the documents state. The victim eventually broke off contact with Sandusky.
In another incident, Sandusky allegedly inappropriately approached the boy at the boy's schools gym, where Sandusky was a coach. Another coach walked in on Sandusky and the boy "lying on their sides, in physical contact, face to face on a mat."
Sandusky was indicted on Nov. 4 and turned himself in to police the following day. Felony perjury charges were also brought against Tim Curley, Penn State's athletic director, and Gary Schultz, the school's vice president for finance and business, who allegedly knew of at least one incident in which Sandusky abused a boy in the Penn State locker room showers. The grand jury report states they did not report the incident to police.
Long-time Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier were ousted Wednesday.
Next page: A statement from Penn State's interim president
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