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Fri November 11, 2011
Penn State Scandal: Alleged Victim's Mother Was 'Horrified'
Here are some of the latest developments in the scandal at Penn State, where former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been charged with sexually abusing young boys for more than a decade (he says he's innocent) and head coach Joe Paterno has been fired after coming under withering criticism for not having done more to investigate the allegations:
-- Mother Of Alleged Victim Is "Infuriated" And Was Horrified: On ABC News Good Morning America today, the mother of a boy who Sandusky allegedly abused in 2005 and 2006 said she was "horrified ... absolutely horrified" as she gradually got her son to tell her what had happened. And she was "infuriated" to learn that officials at the school her son attended had allowed Sandusky, who was volunteering there, to be alone with the boy. Her name was withheld by ABC to protect her son's identity.
-- Assistant Coach Won't Be At Saturday's Game: "Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary won't be at Nebraska game [on Saturday] 'due to multiple threats' against him, University says." (The Patriot-News)
McQueary, who was a graduate assistant at the time, told Paterno in 2002 that he had seen Sandusky performing a sex act on a young boy in the Penn State locker room. A grand jury report (warning: it is graphic) indicates McQueary did not try to stop what was happening.
-- Report: Paterno Has Contacted A Defense Lawyer: Paterno has not been charged in connection with the case and Pennsylvania's attorney general has said he's not being investigated. But NBC News reports that "a source close to the case" says the coach "has reached out to a prominent Washington criminal defense lawyer to represent him."