'Horrified' Mother of Penn State Victim Wants 'Justice'
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"I want justice," the mother said on ABC's Good Morning America Friday, making reference to Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State coach accused of sexually abusing youths.
"I want him to be locked up. There's no help for somebody who does this." Sandusky, who is free on bail, disputes the 23-page grand jury summary of graphic testimony, his attorney said.
Penn State remained embroiled Friday over the child sex abuse that led to the firing of legendary football coach Joe Paterno, with the board of trustees convening and a group of students planning a vigil in support of alleged abuse victims.
The developments come ahead of the team's last home game of the season Saturday against Nebraska.
The university's board of trustees plans to meet Friday morning and is expected to discuss creating a special committee to investigate the child rape allegations, which became public last week after a grand jury report on the case was released.
In the evening, a candlelight vigil in support of victims of child abuse will be held at 9:30 p.m.. There will be speakers, including a victim of sex abuse in another case, performances of the Penn State Blue Band, a marching band, and an a cappella group called Nota. There will be a moment of silence when the clock strikes 10 p.m. at the Old Main building on the Penn State campus.
"We are just as horrified if not more than a lot of people," Kyle Harris, a 21-year-old senior who is one of the organizers said. "We want to make an impact. We want to show these kids we care."
But the controversy revolves around Sandusky, the team's former defensive coordinator who is accused of sexually assaulting children. The mother, whose identity was not disclosed and whose voice was altered, is the parent of Victim 1 in the Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing the accusations.
Read the indictment: Warning graphic content (PDF)
The report says that the victim was "11 or 12 years old when he met Sandusky through The Second Mile Program in 2005 or 2006." The Second Mile is a charity Sandusky founded to help troubled youths.
The youth had been a "houseguest" at Sandusky's home in Centre County, Pennsylvania.
"During the course of the multi-year investigation, the grand jury heard evidence that Sandusky indecently 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," the report said.
The mother said he got an inkling about problems when her "son started acting out." She said school counselors told her it was a "puberty thing."
Eventually he told her he wanted to look up information on sexual "weirdos." She asked him why and he said he wanted to see if Sandusky was mentioned.
"I said, 'Well, why would you look him up? And he said, I don't know, he's a weirdo. And I preceded to ask him if there was something he needed to tell me and at that point, he didn't indicate anything."
She called her son's school and asked authorities to talk to him.
"And they did. At that point, they called me and said it was very important that I get there immediately. At that point I already had suspicions. I kind of knew what it was about."
The questioner, George Stephanopoulos, pointed out that this was more than a year after the boy spent more time with Sandusky, when prosecutors asserted that Sandusky "began to abuse the boy." Also, she said, administrators Sandusky had been permitted to take the boy out of class "for unsupervised visits."