Written from live coverage on CNN and CBS
The mother of the first alleged victim to come forward and report Penn State ex-coach Jerry Sandusky for sexual abuse, spoke to CNNon Wednesday night.
Speaking in a muffled voice to protect her identity, the mother told Cooper that her son was a hero for finally telling her of the alleged abuse.
She said when she went to her son's school to tell them what her child had told her of the abuse and asked them to call the police, school officials tried to talk her out of reporting it and referred to Sandusky as "having a heart of gold."
She said they told her to think of the "ramifications" of calling the police, instead of helping her son. She later went to Child Protection Services who called the police.
At the time, Sandusky volunteered at her son's school located in the Keystone Central District and reportedly repeatedly took him out of class and school without her permission. Sandusky also allegedly took him to his home, gave him gifts of computers, golf clubs and other items, grooming him, his mother said, to sexually abuse him.
When asked how her son reacted to Sandusky's interview on Monday night, the mom said he cried and was afraid his alleged abuser would go free.
Cooper asked mom what she thought of Sandusky interview. She replied," I don't know what to think--he is a very sick individual--he didn't say a straight no he wasn't attracted to young boys."
Her son was reportedly about 10 years old when Sandusky was caught by coach Mike McQueary in a Penn State shower performing anal sex on the child in 2002. Though reports say He reported the sex crime, nothing was done.
A climate of cover-up and secrecy exists at Penn State and the surrounding community. CNN's Drew Griffin tried repeatedly to get someone to talk to him about the allegations of child sexual abuse dating back decades against coach Sandusky but no one would talk to him.
The 67 year old ex-Penn State popular coach was arrested on November 5th, charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse against 8 boys. That number has reportedly more than doubled since.
3 key people were present way back in 1998--Police Chief Harmon, Wendell Courtney, lawyer for both the Board Of trustees at Penn State and Sandusky's charity for at risk kids, Second Mile--University police chief--and they are dodging questions and declined to speak or hid from Griffin.
Penn State's police are protected like the Vatican and do not have to talk to anyone. Hiding behind this law they lobbied for, the cover-up and sick secrecy persists. Just who knew what and who should be held accountable?
Assistant Coach Mike Queary told CBS that he did stop the abuse he witnessed in 2002. Not physically run up and knock the s**t out of Sandusky having anal sex with an innocent 10-year-old child and immediately call the police but by calling his father, he said. Who told him to come home.
McQueary, who was a graduate student at the time said he later told Penn State police Chief Schultz. What about the Board of Trustees, what did they know? How about lawyer Wendell Courtney, who worked for Second Mile as well as Penn State--what did he know?
The higher-ups at Second Mile, what are they hiding? President Jack Raykovitz resigned recently and the judge, Leslie Dutchcot, who set Sandusky free on $100,000 bail, a paltry sum, I'm sure for someone of his financial stature--volunteered at Second Mile. Didn't she see this as a blatant conflict of interest?
Harrisburg Police Chief at the time, why didn't he do anything in 1998 when aacusations were first made? The grand Jury had convened since March of this year--gathering information and interviewing victims and witnesses so Penn State must have known about it, yet Sandusky was still allowed on the premises. Why?
I have a feeling that when all the lights come on to illuminate the dark corners and crevices in this sick saga, many heads in high places will roll. Hopefully.
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